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.

Associate Director/Director, Impact Investing Research and Consulting

at Pacific Community Ventures in Oakland, CA (remote during COVID-19)

About the Job

Are you a driven individual who is passionate about building a more equitable society? If so, please consider joining Pacific Community Ventures as our Associate Director or Director on the Impact Investing Research and Consulting team. Over the past decade, our research projects and client engagements have helped define and build the field of impact investing. Our clients include leading foundations, pension funds, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), fund managers, and policymakers doing groundbreaking work in impact investing. Our projects span a variety of fields including job quality, economic development, financial inclusion, healthy food access, affordable housing, and environmental finance. Many of our research projects are conducted in partnership with other leaders in the field, including the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Impact Management Project (IMP), and the Aspen Institute.

You will play a meaningful role in the growth of PCV by leading consulting and research projects as well as managing and mentoring junior staff. You’ll bring strong managerial, analytical, writing, research, and communication skills, as well as a passion for and experience in impact investing. You should welcome the opportunity and challenge to contribute in strategy setting and business development.

Specific Responsibilities:
Lead the development of high-quality consulting projects and timely research that helps scale and improve the efficacy of the impact investing field.

  • Lead consulting projects in impact strategy development, impact measurement, management (IMM), and evaluation
  • Conduct research through literature reviews and interviews with experts, academics, investors, and policymakers
  • Support the development of publicly available reports and guides
  • Communicate and strengthen the research and consulting team’s value proposition by presenting at conferences and writing for industry publications (e.g. Impact Alpha, Stanford Social Innovation Review)
  • Share and apply lessons learned from research and consulting projects to strengthen PCV’s capacity to support businesses creating quality jobs for underserved populations
  • Grow industry and sector knowledge by attending industry events and developing strong working relationships with clients and leaders in the impact investing industry

Supervise junior team members to deliver high-quality work within budget, develop staffs’ skills, and strengthen the team’s commitment to PCV’s mission.

  • Manage staffing and overall distribution of team capacity across projects
  • Oversee the process of impact data collection and analysis
  • Collaborate with team members to identify the appropriate structure for client deliverables, and provide timely feedback on those deliverables
  • Lead internal initiatives to enable the team to continue to scale efficiently
  • Manage the professional development review process, regularly meeting with and mentoring analysts

This position will be based at our headquarters in Oakland long-term, due to the management aspects of this role. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic this role will be remote. The role may involve occasional travel to other locations in California and around the United States.

As an organization committed to creating good jobs, we walk the talk. We provide excellent benefits for full-time employees, including full health, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings accounts with a generous match which is fully vested immediately, and ample paid time off and holidays as well as professional development opportunities.

This position will report to our Managing Director, Impact Investing Research and Consulting.

Qualifications

We strive hard to be a diverse and inclusive place to work. We value new perspectives, original ideas, and different ways of working. You will bring a background of leading dynamic teams and projects, as well as excellent analytical and communications skills that you are eager to apply to complex social problems. You should demonstrate a deep commitment to creating social and environmental benefit through impact investing. You should be enthusiastic, flexible, and excited to join a small and passionate team working on a myriad of projects across the impact investing industry.

  • At least seven years of experience in analytical or research roles, with prior consulting, impact investing, measurement, or evaluation experience preferred
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to effectively prioritize work across multiple projects
  • Proven excellence in quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and visual communication skills
  • Flexibility and comfort with ambiguity
  • Previous experience and/or strong interest in mentoring junior team members
  • Expertise in impact measurement and management, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) incorporation, and/or evaluation work is a plus
  • Strong networks within finance, philanthropy, or the impact investing industry are a plus

To apply

Interested candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. They should send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to hr@pcvmail.org with the words “R&C AD/Director Application” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. This position will be open for applications through August 7, 2020.

PCV is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law. We are especially interested in candidates who have direct experience with the communities we serve.

Pacific Community Ventures

Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a 20-year-old nonprofit CDFI, engages small businesses, impact investors, and policymakers to build an economy that works for everyone. Our approach is unique. PCV’s Lending and Small Business Advising teams connect entrepreneurs to the expertise and affordable capital they need to grow their businesses to help local economies thrive. We do this with a focus on helping them create good jobs, that address racial and gender wealth gaps, and contribute to community wealth-building. PCV’s Impact Investing Research and Consulting team executes client and research projects that empower investors and policymakers to more effectively deploy capital to underserved communities in ways that positively impact our society and environment. Our approach benefits local economies while contributing to scalable and systemic change, reflecting our “think globally, act locally” philosophy.

Our Impact Investing Research and Consulting team works with impact investors to build their capacity to achieve their desired financial returns and social and environmental impact through impact strategy development, impact measurement, management, evaluation, training and research. Our work has influenced capital markets for decades and our clients have strengthened local economies, created tens of thousands of good jobs, and driven private and public investments in underserved communities.