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A curious, organized self-starter who will provide support for a range of Arabella’s philanthropic clients

Associates on the Advisory Team play an essential role in supporting delivery of excellent client service – including: research and analysis, communications and deliverable development, program management, and project support, including logistics coordination and administration – as well as internal projects. Associates will work on a portfolio of strategy, grants management, program management, and evaluation projects across multiple issue areas.

Essential Responsibilities

Client Service (~80-90%)

Grant Making and Program Management:

  • Support the implementation of grant application processes and communications to applicants 
  • Conduct review and analysis of grant applications and potential grantee organizations on behalf of funders
  • Contribute to designing and executing strategic programs and initiatives, including grantee learning networks, newly created organizations, and donor collaboratives
  • Contribute to meeting and conference planning on behalf of clients, including agenda development, speaker preparation, and participant management

Project Support:

  • Support the regular administrative needs of a portfolio of client projects, including frequent email communication with internal and external stakeholders using Outlook, scheduling interviews, meetings, webinars, and focus groups, note-taking for internal and client meetings, knowledge management in SharePoint, and project administration in Arabella’s Salesforce interface, Manifest
  • Provide additional administrative support as necessary

Research and Analysis:

  • Conduct, compile, and maintain background research for client projects (e.g. global health issues, education reform, etc.)
  • Transcribe, synthesize, and analyze notes from interviews with subject matter experts, identifying key takeaways and communicating those to team members
  • Support survey administration, data management, and analysis
  • Conduct qualitative data analysis and quantitative data analysis using Excel, SPSS or other relevant tools, as necessary

Communications & Deliverable Development:

  • Support the drafting, revising, and formatting of client reports, presentations, memos, and correspondence using email, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Produce visual representations of research findings, such as Excel charts, PowerPoint slide decks, and infographics

Internal Projects (~10-20%)

  • Internal Strategy & Team Objectives: Contribute to team- or firm-wide strategic initiatives
  • Training and Professional Development: Participate in ongoing training throughout the year and contribute to trainings to support new colleagues
  • Support firm-wide internal projects

 

To be successful in this role you’ll need:

  • A minimum of two years of work experience
  • An interest in the field of philanthropy and/or social impact; Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work
  • The ability to provide excellent service, including the ability to efficiently and independently address routine service matters, to suggest effective client-centered solutions when elevating challenges or concerns, and to understand how the team can operate to maintain high-quality service
  • The ability to complete complex tasks, to use a work plan to undertake projects, and to understand how those projects impact the client, team, and/or firm’s objectives
  • Excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, including the ability to adapt style, tone, and content to various audiences; to make technical information accessible to broader audiences; and to collaborate with others to produce strong written deliverables
  • Team-oriented, professional, with a positive attitude; the ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including knowing when and how to compromise, being willing to proactively help colleagues, and sharing knowledge in various mediums
  • The ability to understand stakeholders’ perspectives and circumstances, and to build and manage strong relationships that reflect that understanding
  • The ability to be resourceful, take ownership, and be creative and solutions-oriented when encountering challenges that don’t have obvious answers, including knowing when to elevate challenges along with possible solutions
  • An enthusiasm for taking on growth and development opportunities, including the ability to accept feedback and use it to improve performance
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Program and event management experience preferred 


A curious, organized self-starter who will provide support for a range of Arabella’s philanthropic clients

Associates on the Advisory Team play an essential role in supporting delivery of excellent client service – including: research…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Advancing DEI within our firm and in our work with partners is critical to our mission. To be effective partners to philanthropists, nonprofits, and communities impacted by philanthropic dollars, we need to have a highly diverse staff, a workplace where individuals are encouraged to retain their uniqueness and can feel a sense of belonging, and a nuanced understanding of the racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other disparities that undergird the issues we engage in and the interactions we have with one another. For us, equity means that our staff members, our clients, and the people they serve can experience the same level of success, no matter their starting place. We expect all our employees to share this commitment, and always seek ways to improve how well we live these values. Click here to learn more about DEI at Arabella and read our official DEI statement.

Total Rewards (compensation and benefits)

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive and holistic total rewards package that includes salary, bonus, and benefits. Our base salaries are based on a blend of similar sized organizations from different sectors, including nonprofits, foundations, and professional service firms. They are also based on local market rates and differentiated by geography.

All full-time staff are eligible for our generous benefits package on their first day of employment:

  • Health insurance- On average Arabella pays 86% of the medical premium, 80% of the dental premium, and 100% of the vision premium
  • Paid time off- 16 days’ vacation, 10 personal days, 11 company holidays (7 federal and 4 more from a list of inclusive cultural and religious holidays and your birthday), 20 hours’ volunteer leave, 8 weeks’ parental leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan- Arabella will match up to 4% of your contributions. There is no waiting or vesting period; all funds are yours to keep on day 1
  • Reimbursements for your personal cell phone plan and fitness
  • Pre-tax withholding for transportation and parking
  • Bonus incentive opportunities
  • Access to professional development opportunities

Working with Us

While this position must be based in Durham, NC or Chicago, IL please note that due to COVID-19, all Arabella Advisors' offices are closed, and we continue to temporarily work in a remote environment. We have a strong firm culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between colleagues. Once our offices reopen it is our expectation that all staff will generally work from the office according to a schedule agreed upon with their supervisor. We will make reasonable accommodations under the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers page to learn more.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Advancing DEI within our firm and in our work with partners is critical to our mission. To be effective partners to…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Durham, NC
Associated Location
Durham, NC

How to Apply

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.

 

About Arabella’s Advisory Team

The Advisory team is a collegial, client-focused, and DEI- and impact-driven community that provides a range of strategic consulting services to institutional foundations, family foundations, corporations and corporate foundations, impact investors, and philanthropic individuals. Our team helps clients chart their social impact and philanthropic journey, design and build new initiatives and organizations, develop grant-making and impact investment strategies, implement programs and grant initiatives, conduct diligence, evaluate impact, and collaborate effectively with other donors and investors. Together, we work with many of the nation’s leading philanthropists, helping them achieve equity-focused impact in education, health, conservation and the environment, and more. 

 

How to Apply

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job.

Arabella Advisors is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to racial equity. If we can make the application process easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.

We encourage you to read (or listen to) our DEI statement prior to applying. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color and members of marginalized groups to apply for open positions. Once you have applied, we welcome your feedback on how you have experienced our values around DEI in the recruitment process.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses, and all applicants must already be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of application to be considered for this position. 

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their…

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