VC Associate @ BrightEdge in Atlanta, GA

At the American Cancer Society, saving lives is our mission. We achieve our mission by drawing on our humanity. Humanity made up of courage, determination, innovation, passion, empathy, and caring. These are the values that give us the advantage over cancer.

Our work is important. And so are the people doing it. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to end the pain and suffering of cancer. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled. We value our employees and nearly 2.5 million volunteers around the globe that have stood with us through the years, and we will not rest until the fight is won. And that day is drawing nearer.

BrightEdge is the American Cancer Society’s donor-funded, philanthropic impact fund. BrightEdge (“BE”) is a charitable fund model and will be focused on investing in for-profit companies that are bringing novel and innovative cancer-focused therapies and technologies to the market. Our goal is to accelerate access to these for patients with cancer through investment of capital and increased market awareness.

A successful Investment Associate will demonstrate the ability to think critically about investment opportunities and be project-oriented, with the capability to lead projects and workstreams independently. The role requires a high level of self-motivation and will have a meaningful level of responsibility from the outset. This position often includes extended hours and meeting with clients outside of the office setting. The often fast-paced working atmosphere is sometimes tempered by slow periods. It is in these anticipated slower times that the effective investment associate reviews and oversees current portfolios for maximum return on given investments.

This position will be located in our Global Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

Major Responsibilities

  • Financial and valuation modelling
  • Market research, comparative/industry analysis
  • Preparation of presentation materials to board and investment committee
  • Analyzing investment opportunities
  • Participating in deal due diligence
  • Creation and review of regular cash flows, budgets, business and operating plans
  • Compilation of investor reporting
  • Liaison with investors and key stakeholders
  • Preparation of investor presentation materials
  • Following market trends, researching companies and analyzing industry dynamics.
  • Meetings with potential investment targets, operating partners and key industry players and gathering information for the purpose of evaluating potential investment opportunities.
  • Managing the investment process: (a) reviewing investment memorandums; (b) developing investment theses; (c) drafting term sheets; (d) conducting extensive diligence; (e) building operating / financial models and returns analyses; (f) preparing investment committee presentations; and (g) engaging with potential investors.
  • Monitoring portfolio companies including: (a) building relationships with management teams; (b) actively monitoring market, competitive and company developments; and (c) maintaining and updating valuation and detailed financial models to reflect current information and thinking.
  • Actively presenting and participating in discussions regarding investment trends, opportunities and reports.
  • Writing both internal and external memos and presentations.

Formal Knowledge

Position Requirements:

To be considered for this position, a candidate must have a degree in accounting, finance, business, economics or statistics, MBA strongly preferred, 5+ years’ experience within venture capital, investment banking, private equity or corporate finance / valuation teams.

  • Impeccable academic results
  • Zealous attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively within a fast-moving entrepreneurial environment
  • Good communicator and team player
  • Advanced analytical capabilities
  • Advanced Microsoft windows capabilities, specifically Microsoft Excel

Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and nurture senior-level business relationships

Demonstrates Finance Competencies

Customer focus, Decision quality, Action oriented, Optimizes work processes, Ensures accountability, Collaborates, Communicates effectively and Instills trust.

Other Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, as is computer proficiency..
  • Established ability to build and cultivate relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Ability to establish collegial, effective working relationships and partner with staff and volunteers.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • The ability to be an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
  • Ability to understand work within a complex organizational structure.

Some travel will be required.

Special Mental Or Physical Demands

40% travel required

We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.


If interested, please apply here.

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