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Come join Pear as our Director of Accelerator Operations!

We’re looking for a Director of Accelerator Operations to grow our renowned early-stage Accelerator. As the Director of Accelerator Operations, you’ll oversee the program from company selection to Demo Day.

We’re looking to onboard a full-time Director before our upcoming Winter Accelerator in 2022.

In order to cultivate a more inclusive venture ecosystem, it’s important that funds like us continue to post open roles publicly. We are committed to building a diverse team internally, across our portfolio, and within the other Pear programs.

Pear Accelerator guides early-stage founders towards building category-defining companies

Pear VC is a leading early stage fund based in Palo Alto and San Francisco. We’ve partnered at the seed stage with world changing startups now worth over $100 billion, including Doordash, Gusto, Branch, Vanta, and Guardant Health.

The Pear Accelerator is a three-month long bootcamp culminating in a demo day to thousands of top investors. It includes a tailored curriculum and program across finding product-market fit, hiring your first employees, closing your first customers, fundraising your Series A and beyond. During the 2021 Summer Accelerator, we worked closely with 15 teams over 17 weeks, culminating in a Demo Day with over 700 investors in attendance.

Pear Accelerator has been the birthplace of category-defining companies Affinity, Xilis, Capella Space, Nova Credit, Cardless, Viz.ai, and more, with 69 alumni companies overall having a cumulative valuation of $1.5B. This winter, for the first time, we are offering teams an investment of $500k at a $10M valuation cap. 

Providing founders personal, hands-on help is our first priority. We intentionally accept a small cohort to foster a tight community, allowing our partners to spend quality time with each Accelerator team.

Director of Accelerator Operations Role

As Director of Accelerator Operations, you’ll have a major impact on the long term success of Pear by improving the program with each cohort. Working hand-in-hand with Pear Investment Partners, you’ll source and support our Accelerator companies, guide them through the program, and make sure operations run smoothly. You’ll support key players including founders, mentors, and sponsors to get the best outcomes possible for our Accelerator companies.

We’re looking to onboard a full-time Director before our upcoming Winter Accelerator in 2022.

Responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the Investment Partners, plan, improve and implement the full execution of Pear Accelerator from sourcing companies through Demo Day.
  • Create and execute the application & interview process alongside the Investment team.
  • Manage week-to-week team progress by running weekly check-in meetings and serve as the conduit between cohort teams and the Investment Partners.
  • Lead promotion and marketing of Accelerator program and managing design resources 
  • Improve and augment Pear resources for companies, including but not limited to content, preferred vendors, mentors and business partners.
  • Manage program logistics like operations, budgeting, scheduling, calendar management, event planning, mentor coordination, office coordination, and founder community.
  • Manage the Accelerator community by making sure that founders, investors, mentors and partners build strong relationships.
  • Recruit, onboard, and match mentors and teams.
  • Manage program events like Accelerator Kickoff, Demo Day, speaker events, treks to companies, and social events
  • Gather and analyze data of previous cohorts including details on investment rounds post Demo Day and key statistics of companies.
  • Collect feedback on the program before, during and after the program. Analyze feedback and suggest improvements.

What We’re Looking For

You’re a project management guru and skilled multitasker who’s detail-oriented without losing the bigger picture. You have strong written and verbal communication skills and you thrive in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. You are self-directed and can hit the ground running on Day 1.

Our ideal candidate has worked in a startup environment and is interested in gaining experience in marketing, operations, project management, community building, business development, event planning, and fundraising. You must have a Bachelor’s degree and be passionate about working with ambitious founders and early-stage startups, and a good sense of humor is always appreciated. 

Requirements aside, as long as you think you can be successful in this role and would find it exciting, we would be happy to consider you as a candidate. From our years of investing, we know that VC is often a game of exceptions.

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We deeply understand the value of bringing together a team with different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences, and we prioritize diversity within our team. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.