Investment Associate - How Women Invest

Seniority Level: Associate

Employment: Full-Time/Remote in CA

Industry: Venture Capital and Investing 

How Women Invest (HWI) is a venture capital firm and sister organization to How Women Lead (HWL), a high-caliber network of 13,000 senior-level women that come together to make a collective impact, propel women’s leadership forward and build movements that create lasting change.

 

We’re on a mission to disrupt the unequal investment landscape in which only 2% of venture funding goes to women. That’s why we’ve designed our early stage gender-lensed fund to activate investing in women, with a particular focus toward women of color.  We envision a world where women-led companies have the capital, mentorship and connections required to catapult their businesses to success.

 

Job Functions: Finance, Strategy, Planning, Venture and Investing

 

Job Description

Reporting to the Managing Partners of How Women Invest, the Investment Associate will support the launch and execution of the HWI fund. This role is designed for a self-motivated and ambitious individual who is passionate about propelling women-led businesses forward. The How Women Invest Associate is a full-time position, who will work and be supervised remotely, with occasional in-person meetings in the SF Bay Area.

 

Job Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Support the launch of How Women Invest’s Fund I and future funds, including working with fund administrators and external vendors

  • Participate in and support the investment process from opportunity identification through due diligence and deal closing, includes research of industry sector and comparable firm analysis.  Expect to invest in 10-12 companies over the first two to three years post launch with follow-on investment continued through life of fund

  • Support initial screen and database of new investment opportunities, call and/or meet with prospects, evaluate opportunities

  • Build and maintain company financial models, cap tables, sourcing and pipeline tracker, supporting GPs with valuation analysis and modeling

  • Research and talk to existing references and customers of a target company, conduct research on potential competitors and background check on management of company

  • Prepare investment presentations and memos for both internal and external audiences

  • Continued monitoring and diligence of portfolio companies, follow-on investment analysis and terms preparation, coordinating with attorneys and potentially co-investors

  • Manage internal reporting processes (quarterly company reporting, valuation, etc.); help prepare internal investment memos and investment committee presentations

  • Network with industry peers and attend industry events to build deal flow, follow on opportunities and generally build the brand

  • Assist with back-office support as needed including scheduling, preparing materials and general fund project management

  • Prepare for Fund II launch – expected start 18 months post Fund I launch

  • Recruit speakers, create content and support implementation of 6 organization sponsored events, 3 Angel Investment trainings, and 6 webinars annually to build the momentum and ecosystem relationships

  • Facilitate various committees meetings including communications, agendas, recruitment: Investment Committee, Fund advisors, Venture Capital Council, Investment Committee, How Women Invest

  • Draft communications and Op Eds for the Fund leadership to create momentum

  • Identify other partners who will support moving the needle

  • Prepare funding proposals for the How Women Invest “vertical”

 

Skills and Abilities

  • Outstanding analytical and financial modeling skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, time management, and ability to manage-up 

  • Ability to flourish in a fast-paced environment, enthusiasm for taking initiative and problem solving, and excellent judgment and decision making skills 

  • Stand out interpersonal skills, including a professional demeanor with senior leaders and the ability to make connections with thought leaders and participants 

  • Availability during regular business hours, and flexibility during evenings and weekends as needed to attend events 

  • Availability to work remotely, with colleagues in San Rafael, CA, and at different locations throughout the SF Bay Area 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Education and Experience

  • 2-3 years of experience in private equity/venture capital and/or investment banking

  • Strong academic background, leading GPA from top-tier institution

  • Knowledge and commitment to women’s issues or women’s leadership preferred

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications

  • Familiarity with Salesforce, Dropbox, Box, and Wix preferred 

  • Ability to have contract employment (1099) - Rate based on experience

 

How To Apply

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to team@howwomenlead.com. Please write Associate  - “YOUR NAME in the subject of the email. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. This is a full-time salaried position with rate set based on experience. How Women Lead is committed to diversity and practicing equal opportunity employment in recruiting and hiring. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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