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Director of Impact and Project Investment

Humboldt Area Foundation
California, United States
$92,000.00 - $102,500.00
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Community Outreach, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Other Administrative
Community Development, Environment, Other Fields, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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In this role, you will develop and manage hybrid funding (grants, debt, guarantees) projects, working together with other mission, program, and project investors as well as public and philanthropic grantmakers to leverage different investment streams. As someone who is fluent in the principles of impact investing, you will guide the foundation to its best use of investment capital in the community, while mobilizing others to collaborate. Finally, you will help HAF further enliven our values around equity and a just economy by balancing social outcomes with long-term financial return.

 In this position, you will sit at a strategic intersection within our organization. Your primary team will be the Strategy, Program and Community Solutions team, which is in service to our region and the diversity of its many communities. Its aim is to empower people, organizations, institutions, and businesses to achieve healthy, equitable, and just outcomes to help our region thrive. The team braids all of our organizational resources—from grantmaking to investing to technical assistance—to ensure the greatest impact toward our goals. While supporting that team’s mission, you will also dually report to the CEO and Advancement and Philanthropic Innovation (API) Team. The API team was established to support the organization’s partnerships, fund and donor development, and encourage generosity and best practices in the field. The team strives to create meaningful relationships with individuals and charitable organizations to amplify our region’s resources to achieve its goals. This position partners with, and is supported by, our Finance and Administration team with experience in infrastructure projects and an eagerness to think outside of the box.

 Opportunity Creation, Evaluation, and Investment Structuring

As HAF’s subject matter expert on aligning capital with values, you will create and identify opportunities for project and impact investment that align with foundation goals, promote regional innovation and social entrepreneurship, and generate impact capital for the region. You’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of mechanisms for investment at every level, from micro-investment to pooled guarantees to leverage federal programs. Meanwhile, you will structure lending and investment packages, while vetting assessment and evaluation criteria such as financial risk, return, social impact, and mission impact.

 HAF will look to you for innovative ideas to create and experiment with financing tools and different loan opportunity scales, from micro-loans to guarantees to large-scale Program and Mission-Related finance. You’ll develop programs, document models, evaluate investment outcomes, and share lessons learned.

 In this role you will collaborate with a wide variety of partners. You will collaborate with external partners, staff, and board leadership to develop investment opportunities and lending options for projects that meet the Foundation’s goals and values. Meanwhile, you will work closely with internal teams to blend resources needed for successful project funding and finance – such as grants for pre-development grant stages, technical assistance for loan and business readiness, and policy and advocacy for waivers or governmental assistance. Further you will also identify opportunities to braid public, private, and philanthropic efforts and investments for major, region-wide efforts that require complex financing structures and partnerships. You will also have a deep commitment to racial equity and a just economy, including an ability to bring or build relationships with Tribal Nations and their project finance organizations (housing authorities, EDCs, etc.), as well as other tribal economic and financing and funding entities. Similarly, you will bring or build relationships with businesses and leadership organizations supporting communities of color to identify and cultivate investment opportunities.

Application Procedure:

Please email the following two (2) documents as well as your salary requirements in Word or PDF format to

  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter 

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