Mission Strategist

| Palo Alto, CA, USA +80 more | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 150,000-200,000 Annually
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Vannevar Labs builds next generation defense software for the public servants keeping our country safe.  As a team, we exist because we believe in public service, and we think that our democracy and government improve only if we put serious, collective effort into improving them, including the technology our government uses.   


This mission has become urgent. Ukraine is engaged in a war for survival with Russia. China regularly flies nuclear-capable bombers into Taiwan and Japan’s airspace. The US and our allies are fighting a war of deterrence with woefully outdated technology. We build software to support these missions, including providing battlefield information to allies, identifying malign activity, and helping the US deter and deescalate conflict.  


We are a profitable growth startup with some of the best defense investors in the world, including General Catalyst, DFJ Growth, Point72, and enterprise tech investors Costanoa and Felicis. 

About the role

The Mission Strategist will build senior advocacy by scoping and delivering high mission impact outcomes. You'll define and iterate on the scope of mission problems we’re targeting with a DoD group. Define and iterate on Vannevar’s solution to these problems using our products, your creativity, and your influence on engineering and product teams where needed.  

What you'll do

  • Scope mission problems for your deployments that Vannevar can impact and our senior advocates are excited about; creatively iterate on your hypothesis until you’ve gotten to the right problem.
  • Impact the missions you’ve scoped by using our products + DoD tools + your creativity and influence with product and engineering.
  • Work to end to end solve the missions with what you can creatively get access to.
  • Embed and partner with the user group while collaborating with product and engineering teams to create workflows that excites your user group's senior advocates.
  • Create highly tailored mission-focused demos and mission wins that excites your user group's senior advocates. 

What we're looking for

  • A track record of creatively scoping ambiguous problems in a DoD or private sector customer-focused context with the ability to generate strong hypotheses when faced with ambiguity.
  • Grit and creativity to keep going when faced with a roadblock.
  • Success in working problems to conclusion and trying different approaches until one works.
  • Ability to work autonomously and set your own goals; adept at creatively adjusting your goals / strategy as you learn new information.
  • Ability to quickly learn new software products to generate outcomes.
  • Demonstrated bias towards achieving an outcome even if it requires helping or doing the job of someone else on another team.
  • Prior DoD or IC experience.
  • Low ego.
  • Experience helping to iterate on a product with product design, product management and/or engineering teams would be nice to have.
  • Active TS / SCI Clearance is preferred.

What we offer

The salary range for this position is $150,000-$200,000 + equity + 401K match. Within the range, individual pay is determined by experience, relevant education, and/or training.

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 100% remote - work from anywhere in the US
  • 401k matching
  • Mental benefits
  • Flexible work environment - you manage your workday
  • Pet and child care reimbursement during travel
  • Unlimited PTO


Vannevar Labs is an equal opportunity employer, and qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status.


We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, even if you don't feel like you're a perfect fit. If you're passionate about contributing to our mission, we'd love to hear from you!


We are committed to protecting the privacy of all applicants. Official emails from the company will come from an @vannevarlabs.com domain. Under no circumstances will a legitimate representative from our company contact you to request passwords, financial information, or other sensitive personal data. Please be vigilant of potential scams.

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An Insider's view of Vannevar Labs

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I think having a good work-life balance is something that everyone really respects here. I can take an hour or two off for an appointment, and everyone trusts me to get my own work done or re-communicate changes in expectations. We don't police each other to get work done: I see it in everyone, from my teammates to the CEO.


Software Engineering Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I collaborate across the company by maintaining open communication, aligning my goals with the best interest of the company, and leading every interaction with respect. At VL we value having a low ego and with that comes the ability to work together to create the best possible outcome.


People Operations Specialist

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Every week we hold engineering office hours. Anyone can add agenda items to help the team stay abreast of what's going on at the company. This allows everyone to ask questions and provide feedback on things large and small happening across the company. It's important that we operate transparently because we only make progress if we act together.



What are some social events your company does?

We try to do team quarterly off-sites and a company wide yearly offsite. At these off-sites, we've done everything from axe throwing to cooking classes to outdoor obstacle courses. I'm personally most excited for our big company paintball competition!


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What are Vannevar Labs Perks + Benefits

Vannevar Labs Benefits Overview

For many of us, the best perk of working at Vannevar Labs is the people. We’re proud to offer competitive benefits that support our employees and their families. We cover a number of benefits including health/dental/vision insurance, a generous 401k match, wellness stipends and more!

Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

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