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Associate Program Officer - Sustainable Finance Philanthropy

Employer
New Venture Fund - The Finance Hub
Location
New York, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 23, 2022

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Position Type
Programs, Grant Making, Program Administration and Management
Fields
Environment, International
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Finance Hub – New Venture Fund

Job Opening: Associate Program Officer – New York, NY

Application Deadline: June 24th, 2022

Organizational Description:

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 create a more sustainable food and agriculture sector.  The Hub’s work is a component of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Conservation and Markets Initiative (CMI), and as such is tightly aligned with the strategy and process at the Foundation. 

Position Description:

The Associate Program Officer (APO) is a key partner to the Managing Director (MD) in a small and fast paced organization.  The Finance Hub is seeking a professional with a background in sustainable finance (banking or investing with an ESG lens) or an individual with experience in natural resource economics, environmental conservation, or sustainable development.

The APO will contribute to strategy development, grant development, and grant evaluation. Additionally, the APO will collaborate closely with the operations and program staff at the Moore Foundation to ensure that all information from the Hub program is integrated into the Moore Information Management System (IMS). In particular, the APO will work to ensure that grant performance data from Hub partners is well developed and clearly flowing to the Moore IMS.

This position offers a unique opportunity for a motivated individual with an interest in the power of financial markets to drive improved conservation and climate outcomes.  The APO will have exposure to leading thinkers, researchers, and advocates in the field of sustainable finance, as well as to work with one of the most influential market-focused programs in philanthropy.

This full-time position is exempt for overtime purposes.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the Initiative’s overall strategic framework, with a focus on supporting grant development and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Help identify, develop, source and manage a portfolio of grants that advance specific Initiative strategies.
  • Assist in the structuring of activities beyond grantmaking to help drive change in the Initiative’s problem space (e.g., convening, facilitating, networking).
  • Working within the Monitoring and Evaluation framework of the Moore Foundation’s CMI program, assist grantees in developing effective monitoring and evaluation plans, and oversee ongoing adaptive management of grants, activities, and strategies. 
  • Help prepare funder reports for the Finance Hub
  • Manage external relationships with grantees and other key partners in support of Initiative goals.
  • Coordinate with Moore Foundation staff to complete grant operations and monitoring processes
  • Participate in periodic presentations on Initiative strategy and progress to the Board, senior management, and other Foundation staff.      
  • Continuously improve knowledge of the field and key emerging trends relevant to the Hub
  • Be an effective contributor on a variety of Program- and Foundation-wide issues beyond the Initiative as required – including sharing the administrative management of the organization with the MD.

Qualifications:

  • BA Required; Master’s degree or MBA preferred; 
  • 4-6 years of professional experience in a relevant role/field.
  • Financial sector experience (a variety of perspectives could be useful but it’s important to understand the types of actors and their main characteristics)
  • Familiarity with data management for Monitoring and Evaluation purposes
  • 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 - interested in the substance of our work and mission
  • Collegial
  • Open and Honest
  • Humble and Self-Aware
  • Sense of humor
  • Comfort with Ambiguity

Reporting:          The Associate Program Officer will report to the Managing Director

Location:             New York City / Virtual possible

Compensation: Competitive salary with comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

Application Process:

Send C.V. and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and salary requirements to camilla.seth@newventurefund.org by June 24th, 2022.  No inquiries apart from the email submission please.

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

New Venture Fund Careers

The Finance Hub is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF 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. NVF’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 HR@newventurefund.org.

 

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