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Chief of Staff to the CEO

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This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted June 10, 2021.

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Chief of Staff to the CEO at Universal Hydrogen

This is an incredible opportunity to be at the heart of the action of an early-stage, rapidly-growing startup that aims to change the aviation sector.

The Chief of Staff to the CEO will carry on the great tradition of civilian chiefs of staff established by Sherman Adams.

As such, your principal responsibilities will be to prepare decisions for the CEO, ensure a proper flow of information to and from the CEO, and act as a conduit across the senior leadership team of the company.

About the Role
Prepare decisions for the CEO by gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing pertinent information.

Ensure a proper flow of information to and from the CEO.

Follow-up on the execution of CEO decisions.

Serve as an “air traffic controller” across the senior leadership team.

Be an integrator connecting workstreams that might otherwise remain siloed.  Act as a communicator linking the senior leadership team and the broader organization.

Function as an honest broker, truth-teller, and confidant to the CEO.

Prepare CEO briefings and speeches.

About You
Are a highly analytical and structured thinker with the ability to reduce the entropy of an organization or situation.

Have depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of the aviation and/or cleantech sector.

Possess impeccable attention to detail and a penchant for perfectionism.

Are a people person with an extroverted personality and high emotional intelligence.

Write and speak clearly and eloquently.

Possess humility, maturity, and situational sensitivity.

Likely have an engineering or scientific background.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel.

We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes.

We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities.

Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and also act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft.

We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen.

Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, JetBlue, Toyota, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2025.

We strive for a culture that is empowered, collaborative, open, and human-centered.

We are driven by a sense of urgency to address climate change through the near-term decarbonization of commercial aviation.

We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize for their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflects this.

However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles most of the time.

Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance.

This includes cash bonuses and significant equity participation for all salaried employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, a pet-friendly headquarters located at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, and generous paid time off.

As a young company, we are actively working to expand the benefits we provide—including childcare, retirement, parental, and mental health benefits—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you. 

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible.

Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations.

Needless to say, we value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel.