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Associate, Portfolio Impact

Introduction

TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading,” and we’ve thought for a long time about how to turn big ideas into action. The Audacious Project -- a collaborative funding platform -- is our answer for how to do this most effectively. 

By inviting the world’s change-makers to dream bigger than ever before, the Audacious Project surfaces ideas with the potential to affect millions of lives and impact entire systems. Using our curatorial expertise, and in partnership with the Bridgespan Group, we then support selected applicants to shape their ideas into actionable, multi-year proposals to mobilize large-scale funding from the Audacious donor community.  

Our collaborative funding model attempts to address a major frustration faced by the world’s change-makers: Without access to venture capital or stock markets, social entrepreneurs have to pitch donors one-by-one -- often a deeply inefficient process for all involved.  Now in its fifth year, the Audacious Project has catalyzed nearly $2 billion for 29 organizations engaged in a wide range of social impact efforts around the world.  

Beyond mobilizing capital, our design is dynamic and responsive to the needs of funded projects as they absorb and deploy transformative investment to realize their Audacious visions.  To that end, we have set out to build a Portfolio Impact Team: a dedicated resource and partner to help funded projects thrive on the Audacious platform, achieve their goals, and generate impact at game-changing scale. 

Position Description -- Associate, Portfolio Impact

Reporting to the Director of Portfolio Impact, the Associate will support the creation and delivery of a best-in-class capacity to help funded projects thrive on the Audacious platform. Our work is in service of Audacious social entrepreneurs and the incredible difference they are making in the world.   

The Associate will have a unique opportunity to join the team at a time of dynamic growth, supporting a wide range of ‘here and now’ activities, while also helping Audacious lay the foundations to endure and innovate over time. 

The Associate search is part of a bigger team build.  We are also recruiting Directors for the Sourcing and Donor Relations verticals; and on the Portfolio Impact team, we are running parallel searches for a Senior Director of Impact and a Portfolio Officer, both of whom the Associate will also support.  

We will invest in your professional development, and envision ample opportunity for growth and advancement based on performance.

The Associate role has four key dimensions:

  1. Building the operational backbone for the Audacious Portfolio Impact team
    • Synthesize and codify the most effective team approaches to supporting social entrepreneurs at each stage of the Audacious journey: from proposal development and goal setting through implementation of multi-year projects, exit, and long-term sustainability.  Create tools and suggest better approaches where you see things can be improved 
    • Create tools to understand, assess, and communicate about impact across the portfolio
    • Help build and maintain an Audacious project database, capable of running seamless portfolio analysis on data ranging from grant agreement and funding data, to relationship management, to impact
  2. Supporting the team’s efforts to serve, strengthen, and learn from every funded project
    • Support the Senior Director, Director, and Portfolio Officer in their engagement with funded projects, including the administrative responsibilities described below (#4) 
    • Become a knowledge resource for the team about Audacious projects, while also proactively identifying opportunities to add value
    • Contribute to the team’s learning about individual and collective project impact.  Not only will you help Audacious communicate a clear and compelling impact story to stakeholders, but also translate what we learn into better ways of supporting Audacious projects 
    • Lead on special initiatives for the Portfolio Impact team, such as convenings and community-building activities, exploring new innovations for the platform, etc. 
  3. Ensuring that the Portfolio Impact team’s efforts are harmonized with Audacious’ research, editorial, and donor relations verticals.
    • Help our fast-growing and dynamic team avoid ‘silos.’   Proactively collaborate and communicate with the other team members, and build strong connective tissue between Portfolio Impact and other verticals
    • Support Director of Portfolio Impact in ensuring funded projects have streamlined access to, and dialogue with, the totality of the Audacious team 
  4. Cross-cutting administrative duties 
    • Coordinate meetings between funded projects and their Audacious donor groups, including: scheduling, supporting agenda-setting and preparation, capturing notes and especially key takeaways from meetings, and helping with follow up
    • Track grant and payment schedules to support timely receipt of annual funding commitments 
    • Manage Audacious data and document intake and storage

Qualifications

The Audacious team represents a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences: We are storytellers, producers, consultants, technologists, and social sector professionals. We actively seek candidates with varied employment backgrounds to join our team.  With that in mind, the following attributes will help the Associate perform well in this role: 

  • 3 - 5 years of overall professional experience, including some or all of the following: 
    • Interface with social impact at a foundation, non-profit, private firm, or in the public sector  
    • Consulting or client service experience 
    • Working knowledge of social sector design elements such as operating models, governance, program design and execution, partnership development, fundraising, strategic communications, etc.
    • An understanding of how different sectors -- governments and international development institutions, civil society, business, and finance -- impact systems-change work, both locally and globally
    • Fluency in Powerpoint and Excel (or the capacity / willingness to become fluent)
  • The capacity to collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, derive and communicate key insights in a cohesive and compelling narrative, and identify opportunities for iteration and improvement.
  • Demonstrated interest in communities other than your own.  You have made an effort to meet and interact with other communities (close to home or abroad) either personally or professionally.  
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • An ability to remove barriers to bringing people together, including taking care of the logistical details so they don’t have to

Who You Are

  • Humble Leader: Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand, or two and you're not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches yourself! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.
  • Committed to Inclusion: You're always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
  • Convener. You recognize that a well-supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversations to identify the best ways to make change that are both nurturing and generative. 
  • Resourceful & Adaptable: You’re at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive, can-do attitude, and are adept at identifying creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many important responsibilities at once and you’re rigorous about prioritizing.
  • Relationship Builder. You thrive on meeting new people and like to foster relationships. You enjoy learning what motivates people, what inspires their work and makes them feel appreciated.
  • Planner & Thinker. You are excited about making projects work and have a knack for getting things done. You are meticulous about planning and are always thinking three steps ahead. You have an eye for keeping track of the little things--in service of big, exciting projects.

Changemaker. You are ready to take on opportunities to make the world a better place. You understand what it takes to put big ideas into practice--and can share what you’ve learned about getting things done. You see the way the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can work together to make things happen and you are ready to help changemakers across the globe solve many different kinds of problems.

Benefits 

  • Full health benefits (medical, dental, vision) 100% paid by TED for employee coverage
  • Paid family leave
  • Work-life balance encouraged (TED closes for a 2-week summer break and 1-week winter break plus you're eligible for additional paid time off)
  • Free OneMedical and SpringHealth membership for you and your dependents to address physical and mental well-being 
  • 401k with match
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