VC Associate @ Illumen Capital in Oakland, CA

Illumen Capital

The associate would support the continued creation of bias reduction tools and curriculum, provide support for improved one-on-one coaching for implementation, and analyze existing data for impact measurement, continuous improvement, and pushing the field on improving racial and gender equity– all to increase diversity of representation, equity of processes, and inclusion in the investment and entrepreneurship field.

Impact and Diversity Measurement

  • Analyze and synthesize key takeaways from baseline survey as a diagnostic and personalization tool for portfolio funds
  • Analyze qualitative data to synthesize key takeaways on attitudinal progress in bias reduction
  • Build tools, like survey templates, to support portfolio companies in collecting robust diversity and inclusion data
  • Synthesize trends and takeaways from existing data collected from portfolio fund staff to provide better coaching

Bias Reduction Efforts

  • Stay up to date on current research to support the ongoing creation of Illumen Capital’s bias reduction curriculum
  • Continue to create additional innovative tools specifically to support Illumen Capital fund managers in DEI actions, efforts, and initiatives; apply tools to support underlying portfolio companies and founders
  • Plan and execute peer-to-peer learning webinars for portfolio fund managers to build a community of practitioners
  • Create resources for one-on-one coaching as a follow up to fund managers’ participation in the Impact Experience and other Illumen Capital programming
  • Support coaching of fund manager investors and staff as part of Illumen Capital’s ten year partnership with portfolio funds

Advancing the Field

  • Support Stanford SPARQ in executing next phases of research project
  • Create case studies of our work with fund managers to be used in external communications
  • Advance field-building opportunities, including conference or university speaking engagements and published communication

Desired Traits and Skills

  • A demonstrated passion for building a more equitable, inclusive world, starting with the fundamental belief that working with investors to reduce bias supports financial success
  • An understanding of impact investing and specific interest in private market impact investing
  • 2-4 years of professional experience (preferred but not required) in an impact-oriented role
  • Experience with impact measurement and management and comfort analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Excellent writing skills and adaptive verbal communication and facilitation skills, including usercentered empathy
  • Ability to work independently and manage competing deadlines, while also valuing collaboration and input from others
  • Values a growth mindset and continuous improvement approach