About the Opportunity

The VP of Business Development’s main goal is to help and guide the growth of the Kadena ecosystem through strategic planning and carefully crafted decisions. The role will liaise with Business Development and Strategy departments to ensure always being up to date on current and future Kadena developments. It is expected for this knowledge to translate to concise and actionable business and strategic roadmaps that will help ultimately propel Kadena and its ecosystem to leaders in the crypto space.

The candidate is expected to learn existing Kadena processes and company culture, and to bring forward such values to the ecosystem as a whole. As novel initiatives take form, the need may arise to shift focus to growing, managing, and scaling said companies. The initiatives include but are not limited to ecosystem investment vehicles and other strategic opportunities that require direct input and/or staffing of Kadena employees.

The Kadena ecosystem will grow rapidly and dynamically in the coming years, so the candidate must be comfortable and capable in quickly capitalizing on arising opportunities and ready to take on roles and responsibilities best suited to maximize ecosystem growth. We will be looking for a candidate with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a character that is welcoming of new challenges that will arise in a fast-paced and high-growth industry.

How You'll Make An Impact

  • Interface directly with Kadena’s leadership and iterate on business strategies
  • Define and manage a comprehensive budget for the Business Development department
  • Oversee Kadena grants program [targeting >$10M granted annually]
  • Source and manage key partnerships for Kadena
  • Actively recruit, manage, mentor, and train members of the Business Development team and ensure that the team is exceeding its quota (lead generation, qualifications, opportunities)
  • Cultivate strong relationships while actively prospecting new business opportunities 
  • Expected to cover any arising business or operational need that may arise within Kadena or Kadena-related companies 
  • Interface with marketing department for community and communications
  • Interface with engineering department for technical review of grants and partnerships
  • Maintain up-to-date docs of goal progress and timelines
  • Liaise with Kadena ecosystem companies and assist with business and managerial needs

What Sets You Apart

  • 5+ years of financial and/or business development experience
  • 5+ years of experience in complex business operations and planning
  • 5+years of experience mentoring individuals on business and management aspect
  • Ability to create institutional-grade spreadsheets and presentations
  • Experience or familiarity with cryptocurrency is a big plus
  • Passion for relentless improvement and delivering high quality business documents that can be used internally and externally
  • B.S. or M.S. in Business/Finance preferred

Kadena requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Kadena considers requests for reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons pursuant to applicable law.

What We Offer

This role has an annual starting salary range of $170,000 - $270,000 + benefits listed below. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to your individual skills and experience.

  • Fully paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for full-time employees
  • Flexible savings accounts
  • Company coin options
  • Unlimited PTO (and a culture of taking time off) + Holidays
  • Company wide closure between Christmas and New Years
  • Remote company with annual in-person offsite
  • Home office setup stipend

The application window for this role will close on July 5, 2024 at 5:00 pm EST.

Who We Are

Kadena is the industry’s only scalable layer 1 Proof of Work (PoW) blockchain. The principal feature that drives Kadena is scalability, which enables Kadena to deliver infrastructure-grade performance for any blockchain project. Along with our own smart contract language Pact, Kadena's platform provides the world the tools and environment to turn ideas and ambitions into reality. Founded by Stuart Popejoy and William Martino who created JP Morgan’s first blockchain and led the SEC’s Crypto Committee, Kadena aims to allow for true blockchain mass adoption.

At Kadena, we value diversity, curiosity, a work/life balance, kindness, and teamwork.

Our Commitment to You

At Kadena we know that cultivating diversity and fostering an inclusive work environment is critical to our impact and success. We create an environment where no individual is advantaged or disadvantaged because of their background. We offer equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, or protected veteran status.

With a commitment to maintaining a bias-free environment in which harassment is prohibited, we respect cultural diversity and comply with the laws of the places in which we operate. We expect our business partners, suppliers, clients, and all of our team members to uphold these commitments.

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