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Grants and Operations Manager

at The Finance Hub (New Venture Fund) in New York, NY

About the Job

The Finance Hub is an initiative housed within the New Venture Fund (NVF), an incubator of innovative, impact oriented projects. The Finance Hub is focused on aligning financial markets with conservation – in particular using the power of mainstream financial markets (banking and investment management) to help drive the food sector away from production practices that degrade natural ecosystems. The Finance Hub’s work is a component of the Gordon and Betty Moore’s “Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative” (CFMI), and as such is tightly aligned with the major elements of the Foundation’s Conservation and Markets Initiatives: the Foundation’s Forests and Agriculture Markets Initiative and the Oceans and Seafood Markets Initiative.

Due to the current precautions relating to Covid-19, we will accommodate a work-from-home arrangement in the New York City area; but candidates should be prepared to work in New York City when offices reopen.

The Grants and Operations Manager is a key partner to the Managing Director (MD) in a small and fast paced organization. This role will be accountable for enabling effective operations across a number of grantee partners and projects and involves working with and helping to coordinate a number of non-profit organizations and consultants, all working together to advance the initiative’s goals. This position offers a unique opportunity for a motivated individual with project management and operational management skills looking to gain experience in sustainable finance, sustainable development, and philanthropy. This position is exempt for overtime purposes.

Responsibilities:

Operational responsibilities (40%):
  • Manage information (shared files, including updates) to support the Managing Director’s decision-making and oversight of all projects; track and prioritize key data flow within multiple project streams
  • Implement existing tools, templates, and timelines, and work proactively to develop new analyses, dashboards, and processes to continue and enhance The Hub’s operations
  • Leveraging understanding of the context behind the initiative, use good judgment to identify priorities and enhancements
  • Support group meetings/calls and event management through: scheduling, drafting and maintaining agendas, preparing and distributing meeting notes and synthesis documents, and coordinating follow-up with individuals and teams, tracking expenses against budgets
  • Support administrative interface with NVF, the project’s fiscal sponsor and host organization

Grants Management Activity (60%):

  • Coordinate new grant submission and documents for the MD, ensuring high quality, consistent, timely, and appropriate products for decision-making
  • Support the MD with budgets, and active grant records/dashboards, monitoring narrative and financial grant reports and grant payments
  • Work directly with grantees, including communications regarding procedures
  • Exercise judgment within defined grant procedures and practices to determine appropriate courses of action
  • Prepare quarterly reports to funders
  • Conduct targeted research, as directed by MD
  • Assist with the Monitoring and Evaluation process, through data collection and analysis
  • Support a collegial, team-oriented and distributed collaboration group, including fostering productive working relationships across funders, NVF, and grantees

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum 2-3 years of professional experience in administration/project management
  • High level of proficiency with office software (e.g., MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience in developing, reviewing and managing project budgets and workplans
  • Strong written, oral, and graphic communication skills (e.g., phone inquiries, presentations, correspondence, and research summaries)
  • Excellent project management, analytical skills, and ability to track and manage detail
  • Quick learner; ability to find and digest information in a variety of different fields
  • Willingness to ask for help, and resourcefulness in identifying appropriate support to accomplish tasks, when necessary
  • Ability to think critically and provide practical solutions based on thorough analysis in the face of real-time issues.
  • A strong team orientation balanced with ability to take initiative and work independently, positive attitude, self-motivation, adaptability, discipline, and reliability
  • Ability to prioritize among workstreams to meet deadlines, while working well under pressure
  • Ability to work in a dynamic “start-up” environment
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with all stakeholders

Attributes:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes that describe how we strive to do our work with each other and our partners.

  • Committed to Excellence
  • Passionate
  • Collegial with sense of humor
  • Open and Honest
  • Humble and Self-Aware

To apply

Send C.V. and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and salary requirements to camilla.seth@newventurefund.org by August 13, 2020. No inquiries apart from the submission please.

  • Include “Grants and Operations Manager Role” in the subject line.
  • Be sure to include a cover letter.
  • Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Finance Hub (New Venture Fund)

The Finance Hub is an initiative housed within the New Venture Fund (NVF), an incubator of innovative, impact oriented projects. The Finance Hub is focused on aligning financial markets with conservation – in particular using the power of mainstream financial markets (banking and investment) to help drive the food sector away from production practices that degrade natural ecosystems. The Hub’s work is a component of the Gordon and Betty Moore’s Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative (CFMI), and as such is tightly aligned with the Foundation’s Forests and Agriculture Markets Initiative and Oceans and Seafood Markets Initiative.