VC Principal @ Gradient Ventures in Palo Alto, CA

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 7 years of experience in executive search or executive talent acquisition.
  • Experience working with venture-backed startups in a talent acquisition, organizational design, business consulting or coaching and development domain.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with effective collaboration with HR and broader staffing organization with the ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively.
  • Ability to become a trusted advisor to clients and influence stakeholders with a track record of solving complex challenges and delivering solutions.
  • Ability to translate data into actionable insights, strategies, and plans.
  • Ability to take initiative and build productive relationships.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills.

About the job

Gradient Ventures’ mission is to support talented founders building AI-powered companies. We have been tech founders before, and we understand what it takes to start with an idea and build a transformative company. Talent is a key ingredient in a company’s success and helping companies get the right team members at the right time is invaluable.

As a Talent Principal, you will lead all facets of the talent function at Gradient Ventures. You will bring strategic mindset combined with the insight and rigor of a venture partner alongside the relationship building skills of an executive search partner. You will play a key supporting role in decisions and operations internally as well as be an external face for Gradient as a speaker at industry events.


  • Assess talent needs across Gradient’s portfolio companies, understand the specific nuances and culture of each organization, and, in collaboration with entrepreneurs, drive outcomes that change the trajectory of a company.
  • Leverage your knowledge of HR/Talent, operations and the venture capital/private equity space to drive excellent team outcomes within the portfolio companies.
  • Lead community engagement initiatives and events for Gradient companies.

If interested, please apply here.

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