Impact Frontiers’ mission is to catalyze and accelerate investors’ integration of impact alongside financial risk and return into their investment practices. An initiative within the Impact Management Project (IMP), Impact Frontiers 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. Our facilitated peer cohorts create a safe and confidential forum for investors to test and refine new approaches, share experiences and learn from peers. 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, Impact Frontiers has convened and is leading cohorts of investors in the UK, US, and Europe, with specific asset classes such as venture capital, community development financial institutions, pensions and endowments, and institutional asset managers. We are also partnering with leading industry networks and associations to reach investors in other regions of the world. Partnerships launching in Asia and Canada in 2021 will serve as the basis for replication and scale-up in Africa and Latin America in 2022. Lastly, we are developing online training materials and downloadable case studies and handbooks for use by any investor.
Across all investor cohorts, we offer 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.
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
Be at the forefront of investor efforts to impact social and environmental issues around the world. This role is perfect for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset; well-developed generalist professional skills; an interest in developing expertise in impact management for investors; and enthusiasm at the prospect of continuously assuming greater responsibility as part of a rapidly-growing non-profit startup:
Lead best-in class content creation, presentation and facilitation that will inspire investors to allocate capital toward impact and give them the tools to do so
o Develop informative, highly participatory investor workshops on impact management and impact-financial integration, presenting content and facilitating discussion that energizes and educates
o Develop and refine tools and templates that will help investors improve and that they will use on their own and promulgate throughout their organizations
o Organize and develop content for special workshops on themes relevant to investors today (e.g., climate, gender and racial equity, investor contribution, etc.)
o Produce content via articles, handbooks, case studies, and blog posts that synthesizes findings in a compelling and clear way
Actively integrate a racial equity lens throughout programming for the CDFI cohort, and explore integration of that lens across all cohorts, in consultation with Senior Advisor Erika Seth Davies and other leaders on this topic
o Review and recommend readings, trainings, guest speakers, and other resources for investor cohorts
o Suggest and implement innovative ways that Impact Frontiers can support investors in measuring and managing the impacts of their investments on racial equity
Actively find ways to support and elevate the ability of partner organizations in Asia and Canada to design and deliver the Impact Frontiers program and experience to investors in their geographic regions
Provide energy, creativity, and support of an inclusive environment to the IF team. You will work closely and in a spirit of collaboration with other members of the Impact Frontiers team to:
o Identify grants and writing winning proposals
o Strengthen the IF brand and approach by co-creating marketing and other communications materials that moves investors to integrate impact alongside financial risk and return in their decision-making
o Pair our strategic planning and program delivery with excellence in operational planning and budgeting
Qualifications and competencies
Minimum 3-5 years post-undergraduate degree experience, ideally in economics, statistics, business, public policy or related field
At least 1-2 years of experience in impact measurement and management, ideally in a financial sector context
Demonstrated interest and aptitude for impact investing and / or social enterprise
Ability to work with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and with diverse skill sets
Comfort working in a small, entrepreneurial, virtual team working across time zones
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States
The ideal candidate will bring:
Passion for the vision and goals of Impact Frontiers and the IMP.
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.
Basic familiarity with the investment sector
Basic familiarity with impact measurement and management practices
An entrepreneurial mind set and an ability to work independently in a small team and drive work streams forward proactively
$70,000 per year or more, dependent on level of experience
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit their CV along with a short cover letter, clearly indicating their experience and motivations in line with the above specification, to email@example.com with the email subject ‘Manager Application’. Please note that we will be considering candidates on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early. We anticipate a high volume of applications and are unable to respond to all applicants.
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.
Impact Frontiers’ mission is to catalyze and accelerate investors’ integration of impact alongside financial risk and return into their investment practices. An initiative within the Impact Management Project…