Brief: Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), an MIT spinout pursuing the fastest, surest way to clean, limitless fusion energy, is looking for a rising leader from the fusion plasma physics community to guide its plasma physics strategy to fusion energy.
CFS’ mission is to enable world-wide clean energy for everyone, creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations. We’ve created a credible path to an operating fusion power plant in 15 years which leverages our novel collaboration with MIT and funding from strategic and financial investors who share our vision. This begins by developing a new class of high-field superconducting magnets that will enable the SPARC tokamak to demonstrate net energy from fusion for the first time. To execute this plan, we are now looking to add talented people to the team who:
are mission-driven and treat people well;
improve our team by adding diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems;
have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits; and
have skillsets and experience that relate to the following role:
Director of Partnerships and Communications The Director of Partnerships and Communications will lead partnerships and communications strategy and is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and expansion of the external resources that support CFS and its mission. Bringing fusion to the world will require alignment around CFS’ mission among a range of stakeholders and influencers outside CFS. To this end, CFS intends to support and nurture an emerging ecosystem conducive to the adoption of fusion energy. The Director of Partnerships and Communications will work closely with the company’s CEO and COO, in addition to collaborators at MIT. This individual will be responsible for various aspects of ecosystem building and curation, with core responsibility for strategic partnerships and communications:
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS Develop and manage relationships and strategic partnerships across sectors and with various key stakeholders with the following goals:
government entities understand and support:
local – particular focus in the Boston area; state – particular focus on Massachusetts, California, and other key states; federal – particular focus on the executive and legislative branches; and international – governments and other key stakeholders;
advocacy groups (including environmental organizations, economic development organizations, trade groups, tech, etc.);
civic leaders, non-profit and community groups - working with the local community to build awareness and support of our effort; and
general public – educating and inspiring people to evangelize about the incredible potential of clean, limitless fusion energy.
COMMUNICATIONS – External and Internal Set proactive, long-term communications strategy and manage external and internal communications, with the following areas of focus:
brand and reputation management:
creating effective and attractive materials for external communications (including website and overall digital presence, presentations, documents, etc.); interfacing with the media – reacting to inbound inquiries and leading proactive outreach; organizing outreach activities, including speaking engagements, conferences, etc.;
enabling environment / ecosystem for fusion energy and CFS to succeed – for example:
devising and executing an effort to educate and excite leaders of all kinds and the general public about fusion, inspiring generations; and
internal communication systems and procedures
building and managing scalable and robust internal communications for the CFS team and also among key partners, including the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and other MIT entities, The Engine, etc.
The ideal candidate will have the following attributes and qualifications:
fusion energy evangelist with the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in an engaging manner about technical topics to a wide variety of audiences and settings;
experience and the ability to drive groups towards mutual goals;
critical thinker who sees relationships among information in diverse formats and various
sources and is proficient at nuance;
relationship builder who can develop meaningful connections, solve problems, manage
team player that constantly uses shared mission, vision, and values to guide actions;
tact and awareness of how they are representing CFS to various audiences;
experience and understanding of public-private partnerships at all levels of government;
a “multi-sport athlete” – having an eagerness to wear many hats in a dynamic, start-up
ability to travel occasionally for activities such as events, meetings, etc.;
a basic background in physics, fusion, energy, or engineering is a plus; and
>10 years of relevant work experience, demonstrating exceptional work regardless of the activity.
If you share our mission and believe you are a good fit for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT COMMONWEALTH FUSION SYSTEMS, WE VALUE DIVERSITY AND ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER BY CHOICE.
About Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Commonwealth Fusion Systems was founded in 2017, combining the lean, fast mentality of a startup, with the deep talent pool of academia and the world’s leading investors in science and energy, to develop the fastest path to commercial fusion energy. CFS is collaborating with researchers at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center to design and build a new class of superconducting magnets that will drastically reduce the size and cost of fusion power plants. We bring together decades of cutting-edge fusion science with a recently developed materials science breakthrough in superconductors.