Associate Investment Director

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1705 17th Street
Suite 200
United States


About Gary Community Investments:

Gary Community Investments, which includes The Piton Foundation, invests in for-profit and philanthropic solutions for Colorado’s low-income children and their families. We believe that business and philanthropy can—and should—work together to create opportunities for those who need it most. Gary Community Investments (GCI) is committed to investing in quality early childhood and youth development systems, expanding sustainable economic opportunities, and developing and supporting programs that create healthy family and community environments.

About GCI’s School Readiness Outcome Area:

GCI’s school readiness outcome area includes investment and policy strategies to prepare young children for success in school. Current focus includes a multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to catalyzing innovation in early childhood focused on surfacing, piloting and scaling for-profit and nonprofit solutions to improve early learning and development for Colorado’s youngest. It includes major initiatives to improve the ECE workforce, support families with young children and promote early childhood health and mental health. GCI is a multifaceted organization that aims to catalyze, incubate and accelerate change by deploying a mix of capital types, innovation strategies, data and analysis, policy and communications to achieve long-term outcomes for Colorado’s young children.

Position Summary: Associate Investment Director

We are currently seeking an Associate Investment Director who can support the work of the Investment Directors focused on school readiness. GCI invests in a variety of issues and strategies with the aim of improving outcomes of young children ages 0-5, including two-generation strategies. The ideal candidate will have 2-5 years of experience in early childhood issues including early childhood policy/advocacy and will be able to contribute in settings ranging from working with investees, participating in policy discussions, convening partners, and engaging in innovation strategies.

This is a full-time position based in Denver, Colorado that will report to GCI’s Investment Director, Child Development.


The Investment Associate will have four primary areas of responsibility: (1) Supporting the advancement of GCI’s work and investments in early childhood (2) Advancing policy initiatives through policy research, outreach, strategy development and support (3) Supporting GCI’s innovation strategies as needed, and (4) Assisting with administrative tasks essential to accomplishing GCI’s investment goals. Responsibilities include:


·      Participate in sourcing potential investments related to improving school readiness

·      Research promising strategies or approaches that could inform investments

·      Assist with gauging needed supports that help ensure investee success

·      Support the process of making an investment including due diligence, scheduling site visits or follow-up, analyzing submitted materials, sharing information with the investment team

·      Draft materials as needed for internal and external audiences

·      Collaborate with members of the Investment team and other teams including communications, Impact, and Shift Research Lab

·      Active participation in coalitions and collaborations


·      Engage with policy advocates, policymakers, and agency leaders to advance GCI’s policy goals

·      Support efforts to improve data utilization among investees and to obtain needed data to track progress toward GCI’s long-term goals.

·      Activities may include: Monitoring legislative or regulatory activities, convening stakeholders, or conducting outreach to potential partners


·      Carry out activities as needed to support the innovation team including pipeline support, due diligence, supporting an innovation ecosystem and connecting with partners in Colorado and across the country


·      Provide support for scheduling and meeting preparation as needed

·      Use of Salesforce to track contacts, opportunities and investments


·      Bachelor’s Degree

·      Knowledge of Colorado’s early childhood landscape

·      2-5 years of work experience in early childhood issues including early childhood policy and advocacy

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Demonstrated experience with teams and collaboration

·      Ability to thrive in a dynamic, flexible team environment, and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds

·      Flexible and quick learner, able to work at a fast pace, juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines

·      Detail-oriented with strong follow-through

·      Comfortable with a dynamic and evolving strategy environment

·      Enthusiasm for and commitment to the vision, mission and values of GCI



Compensation & Benefits:

·      Competitive salary; commensurate with experience

·      This is a regular, full-time position

·      Competitive health benefits package including medical and dental

·      Vacation, Sick Leave and Paid Holidays

·      401(k) plan

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong written and oral communication skills in English

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply:

For more information and how to apply, please visit Gary Community Investments by June 29, 2018. No phone calls please.

Gary Community Investments is a proud Certified B Corporation and Benefit Corporation. The Company is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity and encourages diverse candidates to apply.