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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 and 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 summer associate for a 2-3 month period, with potential for the role to be extended for up to 6 months. 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
- Support all aspects of the ongoing business operations of Impact Frontiers, such as budgeting, grant-writing, marketing, communications, and other areas necessary to running a non-profit start-up
Qualifications and competencies
- Minimum 2-3+ years post-undergrad, ideally in a top-tier management consulting firm or financial institution; may currently be completing an MBA or other graduate degree
- Undergraduate degree in economics, statistics, business, public policy, or related field
- 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.
- Demonstrated interest and aptitude for impact investing and / or social enterprise
- Highly organized and strong attention to detail
- Ability to work with collaborators and partners from diverse backgrounds and with diverse skill sets, and ability to work independently and drive work streams forward proactively
- Comfort working in a small, entrepreneurial, virtual team working across time zones
- Passion for the vision and goals of Impact Frontiers and the IMP
- Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States
- Position will be remote; potentially Boston/Rhode Island
$3,500 per month
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit their CV and a short paragraph clearly indicating their experience and motivations, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject ‘Summer Associate Application’. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
About the 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.