Director, WES Fund
- Job posted by World Education Services (WES)
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
World Education Services is dedicated to helping international students and professionals achieve their educational and professional goals in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1974, WES evaluates and advocates for the recognition of international education qualifications.
For over 40 years, WES has set the standard of excellence in the field of international mobility with its credential evaluations, research and consulting services, and ongoing support for international students and skilled immigrants. WES has provided credential evaluations to more than one million people worldwide. The evaluations are widely recognized by more than 2,500 educational, business, and governmental institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada.
WES is embarking on an exciting endeavor through the creation of the WES Fund, which will be a new philanthropic initiative within WES. The $30M fund has been conceptualized as a new grant making and investment program that will identify and reward funds to organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit, that are seeking to support bold, transformative efforts to help skilled immigrants and refugees.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Director will launch and build an ambitious new program to drive systemic change that promotes fuller workforce integration of skilled immigrants and refugees. The Director will make the case for addressing the barriers to skilled immigrant integration, develop a pipeline of strategic grants and other impactful program investments, nurture and develop productive strategic partnerships with other organizations and funders, and serve as an effective ambassador for this work externally. The Director will also liaise internally, working closely with WES staff to meaningfully integrate the Fund’s activities into the larger organizational work and culture.
Reporting into the Chief Executive Officer, this is an exciting opportunity for a strategic, entrepreneurial leader who is passionate about addressing the issues facing immigrants and refugees in the U.S.
Primary responsibilities include:
Fund Creation & Management:
- Visualize and develop WES Fund in accordance with WES’ mandate to provide grants and investments to organizations with the potential to transform and empower opportunities within the immigrant and refugee space
- Implement and oversee the philanthropic strategy that supports steady progress toward achievement of WES Fund’s goals and objectives, working in collaboration with the WES Fund Committee, the WES CEO, and other senior members of the WES staff
- Identify, research, and pursue new strategies and innovative investment and grant-making models
- Conduct due diligence on proposed partners and projects; review project proposals and negotiate the terms of the WES Fund's program investments and grants
- Develop an annual portfolio of grants and program investments, and manage the day-to-day operations of the portfolio
- Review quarterly and annual financial and impact reports with senior leaders and the board for accuracy and clarity
- Ensure that all Fund activities are properly evaluated and establish metrics to evaluate the impact of the grants and investments on the immigrant and refugee communities
- Update the WES Fund Committee on the activities of the WES Fund on a quarterly and annual basis in advance of WES Board meetings
- Develop, execute and continuously improve grant-making and investment policies
- Work closely with WES staff to maximize alignment of grants and investments from the Fund towards results
Partnership Development & Thought Leadership:
- Cultivate new partners, as well as prospect for opportunities through WES’ programmatic partners and networks
- Build and nurture strategic relationships with wide range of stakeholders; provide thought partnership more broadly
- Regularly reflect, through articles, blogs, meetings, speaking engagements and social media, on learnings gained from the portfolio, including but not limited to, lessons learned about what’s working, barriers to success, and the iteration of investment and grant-making activities
- Participate in meetings, provide appropriate reports, as needed, to ensure that the work of WES Fund is fully integrated into the work, financial reporting, and overall narrative of WES
- Attend relevant conferences and other convenings to educate, as well as develop relationships to explore strategies to advance the integration of skilled immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada
- Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred
- 10+ years of leadership experience with a demonstrated track record in an entrepreneurial and/or workforce development, immigrant integration, refugee resettlement context
- Commitment to the WES mission of empowering skilled immigrants and refugees and assuring them the opportunity to find and advance in careers in which their skills are recognized and utilized
- Superior relationship building and management skills with an ability to work collaboratively across WES and the sector more broadly
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize and clearly communicate complex issues to a range of audiences
- Strong analytic and detail orientation with an ability to make decisions and drive work in a highly entrepreneurial and dynamic environment
- Highly engaged, enterprising and a creative problem solver exhibiting sound judgment
- Some travel (approximately 20 - 30% of time) required
LOCATION: New York, NY
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
World Education Services provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, World Education Services complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Minimum Education Required