Hiring an Operations Manager to work with Hayley Barna in New York City

This is a full-time role based in New York.

First Round is a venture capital firm laser-focused on helping seed stage companies win. We love meeting incredible entrepreneurs and rolling up our sleeves to help founders build their companies from day one. We have offices in New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
We’re looking to add a Partner Operations Manager (think of it as a Chief of Staff role) to our team who will work directly with Partner Hayley Barna as her trusted right-hand person. At First Round, individuals in this role supercharge our investment team by creating and managing processes that deliver world-class services and experiences to entrepreneurs. This role will engage across all functions of the partnership at First Round, including reviewing new investment opportunities, implementing special projects, helping with partner branding and marketing, facilitating portfolio company engagement, and managing administrative staff. This role is a balance between sharp execution, process design and implementation and strategy.

Interested? Apply here!

Hayley Barna, Partner at First Round (this is the spectacular human you could be working with at First Round)

Responsibilities include:

  • Qualifying, managing, and tracking new investment opportunities
  • Managing and tracking relationships and communication within the First Round community and partner networks
  • Conducting research and investment diligence
  • Initiating and leading special projects (building internal products and programs, research deep dives)
  • Managing partner projects and events
  • Overseeing scheduling and contact management performed by executive assistant

This position is not:

  • An associate position nor a partner-track role. Instead, it is an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in the tech industry and learn the art of company building from a community of skilled investors and operators
  • Expected to source companies or to be directly entrepreneur-facing. Rather, you will work with Hayley to help review, analyze, and prioritize existing deal flow
  • All glamorous. It involves a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Hayley spends a large portion of the day in her inbox — and you will too

Who we’re looking for:

This is a unique opportunity in which individuals from many backgrounds could excel. Past “ops managers” have come from varied backgrounds including media, finance, start ups, and academia. Here are a few examples of profiles we think could be great:

  • An aspiring entrepreneur who wants a rare window into the VC and fundraising side of the business
  • A generalist with a penchant for learning new things and a passion for tech
  • A project manager who keeps the trains running on time with little oversight, using imagination and drive

We believe the strength of our team comes from diverse backgrounds and experiences. You might be a good fit if the following describes you:

  • You’re fascinated by technology and how today’s entrepreneurs are shaping the future. You don’t necessarily need deep knowledge of the venture capital industry, but you should be excited about the field and eager to learn the business quickly. Most importantly, you’re laser focused on execution with the drive to get things done. You’re deeply organized and reliable above all else
  • You’re a great teammate with a low ego who is self motivated and takes initiative. You’re curious and intuitive — a creative and unconventional thinker, yet also highly analytical and logical. You’re a fantastic (and prolific) writer and pride yourself on thoughtful, eloquent communication. You know the right questions to ask, as well as when to listen and learn. You have the polish and presence to regularly interact with seasoned CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs
  • If this sounds like you, and you have 2–3 years of working experience, we’d love to hear from you. At First Round, we value resourcefulness, diversity, team play, excellence, and hustle

Interested? Apply here!

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