About the Job
About Impact Frontiers
Impact Frontiers, an initiative within the Impact Management Project (IMP), is a learning and innovation collaboration among asset managers, asset owners, and field-building associations and networks. We support investors in building their capabilities for managing their impact and integrating impact with financial data, analysis, frameworks, and processes. The first phase of Impact Frontiers concluded in 2020 and resulted in the article “How Investors Can Integrate Social Impact With Financial Performance to Improve Both” in Stanford Social Innovation Review, and in a Handbook of methods for use by future cohorts of investors.
In the next phase of Impact Frontiers, we are partnering with leading industry networks and associations to reach investors in other regions of the world. Initial partnerships in Asia and Canada will serve as the basis for replication and scale-up in Africa and Latin America, while generating the content necessary to develop online training materials for even wider distribution in subsequent phases.
In parallel, Impact Frontiers is leading additional cohorts of investors in the UK, US, and Europe, with specific asset classes such as venture capital, community development financial institutions, and multi-asset investors.
Across all investor cohorts, we deploy a sequence of workshops on impact management and impact-financial integration; facilitate peer discussion and feedback sessions; and convene working groups on topics such as racial equity and climate change. In parallel to the facilitated group activities, each organization works to develop implement their own methods and approaches to impact management and impact-financial integration, using their own data and customized to their organization’s unique context, strategy, and goals.
We codify and share what we learn for use by other investors, educational institutions, industry associations and networks, and advisory firms. This includes, for instance, handbooks specific to specific asset classes (e.g., venture capital) as well as sequences of webinars and, in subsequent phases, development of online curricula.
Impact Frontiers is led by Mike McCreless, who conceived and founded the initiative within Root Capital, a social investment fund focused on agriculture in Africa and Latin America, based on the ideas in the article “Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier” in Stanford Social Innovation Review.
About the Opportunity
Impact Frontiers is looking for a full-time Manager. This role will be involved in every part of the initiative:
Leading content creation
- Create workshop content across all cohorts in the Impact Frontiers initiative (e.g., early stage investors, CDFIs, etc.), building on existing content from the previous phase
- Build topical workshop content on cross-cutting themes (e.g., investor contribution, climate, gender and racial equity, etc.)
- Produce articles, handbooks, case studies, and blog posts synthesizing findings
Supporting partnerships in Asia and Canada to design and deliver the Impact Frontiers program to their cohorts, including:
- Customize content (e.g., workshop decks) for specific cohorts
- Incorporate existing research and materials for specific topics from content delivery partners
- Coordinate logistics and scheduling of workshops/webinars as necessary
Working closely with other members of the Impact Frontiers team to:
- Write funding proposals for grants
- Co-create marketing and other communications materials
- Over time, co-lead topical working groups or workshops and begin to build and manage relationships with mid-senior clients
Qualifications and competencies
- Minimum 3-5 years post-undergraduate degree, ideally in economics, statistics, business, public policy or related field
- At least 1-2 years of experience in impact measurement and management, ideally in a financial sector context
- Demonstrated interest and aptitude for impact investing and / or social enterprise
- Ability to work with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and with diverse skill sets
- Comfort working in a small, entrepreneurial, virtual team working across time zones
- Willingness to relocate to the greater Boston, Providence, or New York area, pending COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and conditions
- Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States
The ideal candidate will bring:
- Passion for the vision and goals of Impact Frontiers and the IMP.
- Exceptional skills in writing and PowerPoint to communicate and create publication-ready and presentation-ready materials, using accessible, compelling language across a variety of formats, including long-form writing, workshop decks, etc.
- Intermediate skills in financial analysis / investment analysis.
- An entrepreneurial mind set and an ability to work independently in a small team and drive work streams forward proactively
- Experience in communications, graphic design, and/or social media are helpful but not required
$60,000 – $70,000 per year, dependent on level of experience
Interested candidates should submit their CV along with a short cover letter, clearly indicating their experience and motivations in line with the above specification, to email@example.com with the email subject ‘Manager Application’. Please note that we will be considering candidates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early. We anticipate a high volume of applications and are unable to respond to all applicants.
Impact Management Project
The Impact Management Project (IMP) provides a forum for building global consensus on how to measure, manage and report impacts on sustainability. It is relevant for enterprises and investors who want to manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, as well as those who also want to contribute positively to global goals. The IMP convenes a community of over 2,000 practitioners to share best practices, delve into technical issues and identify areas where further consensus is required in impact measurement and management. We also facilitate a structured network of 16 standard-setting organisations that, through their specific and complementary expertise, are coordinating efforts to provide complete standards for measurement, management and reporting of impacts on sustainability.
The Impact Management Project is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.