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Investment & Partnership Manager (Fully Remote)

The Just Trust
North Carolina, United States
$110,000.00 - $140,000.00
Closing date
Jun 11, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

Investment & Partnership Manager

Reports To:  Chief Strategy & Operations Officer

Location:  Fully Remote, with headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina

Status:  Full-Time, Exempt

Salary Range: $110,000 - $140,000


About The Just Trust


The Just Trust is a new philanthropic institution that is 100% dedicated to powering criminal justice reform, state-by-state and across the nation. We’re a team of grantmakers, directly-impacted people, and allies, and we invest in visionary leaders, organizations, and campaigns—from underdogs to heavyweights, organizers to policy wonks, rural folks to city dwellers—all fighting for the safety and wellbeing of their communities. The Just Trust has seed funding to support its organization through 2025 and, with the help of this new position, looks to continue to expand its funding partnerships and portfolio.


Our Vision & Our Hiring Approach

Our vision is to transform the justice system into a just and compassionate engine of public safety for all—one where we hold each other to account, treat each other with dignity, and where the strength of our communities keeps people from entering the system in the first place.

We seek to do this by strategically investing (through grants and other direct support) in leaders’ and organizations’ sharpest efforts, across state and party lines, to change hearts, minds, and laws.

At The Just Trust—a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund—we have a lot of work ahead of us, and we know that our collective success is dependent on building out a team that includes a diverse set of people. This especially includes those who have direct, lived experience with the criminal justice system—those with criminal convictions and formerly incarcerated people, family members of currently and formerly incarcerated people, crime survivors, and people who have worked within the system, including law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, and corrections. In addition, we want to build a team of individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and political beliefs who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups—women, people with disabilities, people of color, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender non-conforming, first and second-generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.


If this sounds like the place for you, keep on reading.


The Opportunity


The Just Trust seeks to hire an Investment & Partnerships Manager to join our growing organization. Under the direction of the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer (CSO), the Investment Partnerships Manager will develop, plan, implement and evaluate the strategy to scale resources. This position will be a core manager of the team working to leverage our initial historic four-year, $350m investment into a robust, sustainable, and long-term grantmaking institution. To achieve The Just Trust’s growth and sustainability goals, the Investment Partnerships Manager will be responsible for working with the CSO and across the organization to design, implement and manage an organization-wide investment and partnerships relations and stewardship program that appropriately and consistently promotes genuine relationships with major donors, investors, and aligned funding partners; create engagement opportunities via events, convenings and other meetings to catalyze investment; and consistently find innovative and compelling ways to communicate the strategy and impact of TJT’s to various funder audiences. 

The ideal candidate is a creative self-starter and strategic thinker who is deeply relational and understands the intricacies of donor cultivation and relationship management. They are process and systems-oriented and a master collaborator with development and donor cultivation experience. Desires an opportunity to grow and be managed by a leader who has a proven history and commitment to mentorship, a track record of success building relationships and scaling resources with a cross-sector of investment partners, and an ardent commitment to growing sustainable organizations where teams have what they need to thrive. 

This person loves thinking outside the box. They also love bringing together diverse partners to help inspire and align resources to support The Just Trust and more broadly, the field of criminal justice reform. They are proactive and know how to react with precision. They are excited by the idea of supporting a small, hardworking team focused on big, big challenges. The ability to effectively execute multiple priorities to support a start-up organization with ambitious sustainability and growth goals is necessary. Equally important, this person will have a deep commitment to contributing to an internal organizational work culture where team members can be highly effective in their day-to-day work as well as thrive in a work environment where balance is a value and priority. Core to this position is also a person who possesses a collaborative, partnership-driven spirit, is deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and is passionate about the criminal justice reform issues that The Just Trust is committed to. This is a full-time, remote position with regular travel.

You Will


Support The Just Trust as it enters its first full year of operations, working closely with and reporting to the Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, you will: 

    Systems and Information Management 
      Calendar of events, schedule for cultivation Work closely with CSO and own the work to build the infrastructure of a new investment partnerships department within the organization, including designing and implementing systems to integrate cultivation, relationships and portfolio management and donor recognition. Build a relationship management system to track cultivation prospects, ongoing communications and continued cultivation of prospective and current potential investors and current investment and funding partners. 


  • Relationship Cultivation and Management 


    Work across departments to design, implement and manage an organization-wide establish the internal systems to track cultivation and stewardship system  Create and implement a recruitment/cultivation process and the stewardship/retention protocol of prospective major investors.  Working closely with the CEO and CSO, identify the best opportunities to expand and deepen relationships with a broad cross-section of investment partners, from collaborating with aligned funding partners to building bridges with funders not in the same tent, to identifying new investors and funders with interest in resourcing the CJR sector Support CSO and CEO in identifying and secure significant partnerships/collaborations with investors and funders on projects that advance the organization’s theory of change Develop and own a portfolio of key relationships that aligns with the cultivation goals of the CEO and CSO  Proactively manage the relationship building and cultivation of prospective major donors Support CEO and CSO in building portfolios of prospective major investors; proactively support their stewardship responsibilities


  • Outreach and Communications


    Partner with program and communications teams to ideate, create, and develop compelling collateral for key investor audiences Ideate and design – in-person and virtual meetings, convenings, events to lift the vision of the org, ie, dinner series, etc Assist in preparing materials for the leadership team. Travel routinely (when it is safe to do so). Center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in your personal and organizational leadership both internally and externally.

The person holding this position may also work part-time for a coordinated 501(c)(4) organization, The Just Trust for Action, under a resource-sharing agreement between the New Venture Fund and The Just Trust for Action. The responsibilities under that position will be overseen by The Just Trust for Action. 

You Have:

    5+ years in donor relations, preference for direct experience working with ultra high-net worth individuals and institutions. 2+ years of department management experience. Highly motivated professional who is open to learning and growing, and desires mentorship within management Demonstrated ability, sound judgment, discretion Experience working with ultra high-net worth individuals, preferred not required Dynamic energy and sincere passion to grow pool of resources for advocacy CJR and experience raising resources on key advocacy issues areas, especially CJR reform a plus Effective writing, editing, and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and an ability to produce an efficient and high-quality work product. Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with a broad cross-sector of funders, donors, and philanthropic leaders. Experience working collaboratively across a cross-functional team to execute against a shared strategy. The ability to thrive in a dynamic and rapidly growing organization that requires flexibility between strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Experience using CRM software, Google Workspace, and Slack. Experience with a 501(c)(3) and/or 501(c)(4)  organizations is a plus A deep alignment and commitment to criminal justice reform and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this role is $110,000 - $140,000, depending on experience. In addition, New Venture Fund offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 6% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.


New Venture Fund Careers

The Just Trust is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grantmaking programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.


COVID-19 Policy 

To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date.  This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at


How To Apply

Please apply at by May 31st.

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