Business Development Associate: Operations and Research

New York, NY
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About Acumen
Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. Since 2001, Acumen has invested more than $114 million in 108 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States. We have developed a growing community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills, and determination to create a more inclusive world. We were named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies in 2015.

About the role
Responsibilities include:
+ Researching trends in philanthropy, relationships we should target, profile write-ups to support fundraising activities
+ Drive strategic research projects with relevant BD leads
+ Provide strategic/project support to the Chief of BD, including preparation of materials for internal and external meetings
+ Operational support – take on key aspects of Salesforce database management, working closely with the team: ensure data integrity and support maintenance of system; support with reporting and integration
+ Support for the Chief of BD (<20% time commitment): arrange and ensure the seamless run of the day-to-day schedule of the Chief of BD; support with fundraising activities, including managing entry of Call Reports in Salesforce; process monthly expenses as needed

This position is for someone who delights in a fast-paced, mission-driven, high-intensity, ever-changing environment.
+ 2 – 3 years\’ experience; bachelor degree is required.
+ An enthusiasm for research, structuring information, producing insights and generating leads
+ Experience analyzing qualitative or quantitative data, and synthesizing information
+ Superior detail orientation; proven success in detail-demanding roles
+ Curiosity and coachability; someone who is self-motivated and hungry to learn

Additional characteristics we seek for all roles at Acumen:
+ Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity and respect.
+ Ability to thrive in ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve.
+ A sense of humor (really).

Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits.

New York City

Additional Information

Please submit a resume and responses to the following questions here:
+ Why Acumen? What draws you here? (MAX: 200 words)
+ What are your top two skills relevant to this position? Give examples

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is July 6, 2018.