As part of the GIIN’s mission to accelerate the scale and effectiveness of impact investing, we publish job openings from members of the GIIN Investors’ Council and other impact investing leaders.

Grants Research Associate

at Root Capital in Cambridge, MA

About the Job

The Grants Research Associate will work with the Grant Writing Manager to assist with the preparation of compelling grant reports, proposals, and other philanthropic communications. This person will be critical to building the team’s technical capacity, doing research to strengthen the case for support in all of our writing; working with management, operations, and field staff to interpret results from the field for an external audience; and helping to manage internal timelines and collection of information from across the organization.


  • 0-3 years professional experience
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated interest in international development, nonprofit programs or operations, business, or other related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; Spanish language skills a strong plus.
  • Strong research skills and the ability to understand and effectively communicate complex, technical information.
  • Strong data management skills in Excel required (pivot tables and formulas, not advanced modelling); familiarity with Salesforce and other databases a plus.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and evaluate competing priorities.
  • Natural curiosity and investigative spirit, particularly around global issues.
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively, and know when to seek support.
  • Highly collaborative work style and team ethic.
  • Commitment to Root Capital’s mission.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

To apply

Please apply by using the form on Root Capital's website:

Root Capital

Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or grains from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems.

Root Capital supplies these businesses with vital resources: access to capital, trade and technical partners, financial training and conservation practices. We work in hard-to-serve geographies where others don’t. To date, we’ve distributed $1.2 billion to improve the lives of six million people in farming communities.