Business Development Coordinator – 3-9 Month Contract

New York, NY
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Acumen is looking for a highly organized and motivated Coordinator to join our Business Development (BD) team in New York for a 3-month contract starting August 2018, with potential to extend for a further 3-6 months depending on need.  The chosen candidate will play a crucial role in supporting the capitalization of a groundbreaking new Impact Investment Fund that will develop and scale innovations at the nexus of poverty and climate impact, transforming the lives of 10 million people living in rural poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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 are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $114 million in 109 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

Who You Are
You are an energetic multi-tasker and team player with excellent organization skills, a strong analytical mind and an unwavering attention to detail. You are a self-starter with the confidence to work effectively with clear guidance but not constant supervision, and the flexibility to support a small but exceptionally busy team dispersed over four continents and multiple time-zones. You are operations focused, with your core concern to ensure project tasks are organized, recorded and completed. Once trained, you are also comfortable to communicate politely and effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including short calls and emails with potential funders. You can move seamlessly between the responsibilities outlined below, constantly reprioritizing to ensure tasks are tackled in the most effective order to ensure the project target is reached.

This is not a job for you, it’s a calling to the mission of social innovation and entrepreneurial solutions as a way to serve the poor better.  This means you are dedicated to the social investing sector, have some interest in and knowledge of emerging markets, and are passionate about the work. You should find at least three of the following a source of interest and motivation: African development, poverty alleviation, climate change, climate resilience, agriculture, women’s empowerment, innovation, entrepreneurship, dignity, opportunity, philanthropy, investing.

In this role you will provide front-line support to the Project Manager of a mission-critical business development project with a fixed fundraising target to deliver by end-March 2019. Your key responsibility will be to directly support the Project Manager to ensure the team reaches or exceeds the fundraising goal by that date. We have a small and energetic team, and this is a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of role.  We want someone who is hardworking, creative and flexible, and who knows how to push the envelope. Specifically, you will manage the following responsibilities:

+       Arranging internal project team meetings
+       Arranging external calls, meetings and other appointments
+       Writing up meeting minutes
+       Maintaining fundraising spreadsheets
+       Centralizing project records

+       Undertaking research on prospective funders (prospects)
+       Sending template emails and approved materials to prospects
+       Cold calling to prospects with basic qualification questions
+       Creating and modifying pitch decks, concept notes and fundraising proposals
+       Support to team in organizing fundraising events
+       Maintain accurate and consistent prospect records in Acumen’s CRM

Qualifications & Characteristics
+       Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2-3 years of professional work experience
+       Permanent authorization to work in the U.S.
+       Interest in international development and poverty alleviation
+       Proven organization and administration skills, excellent analytical skills, and strong communication skills
+       Strong computer literacy: word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases
+       Intellectually curious, with high energy and motivation
+       Team-player with a genuine desire to ensure the Project Manager and wider team deliver the project target

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)

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline is July 16, 2018.

Additional Information

Application Requirements
Please submit a resume and responses to the following questions here:
1. Why are you interested in this Business Development opportunity at Acumen? Specifically, why do we need you for this project? (MAX: 200 words)
2. What is the most significant project (personal or professional) you have supported and/or delivered? How did you work with others to ensure the delivery of project goals? What did you achieve in the project that you are most proud of? (MAX: 200 words)