Director, Finance Sector

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
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WDI seeks to fill a new role: Director, Finance Sector. It’s a senior-level position created to develop intellectual capital, disseminate information, and engage academics and practitioners in developing the private sector finance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This full-time role is based in our Ann Arbor, Michigan office, and will require multiple trips internationally each year (which may be 10-25%) to LMICs.

About the Finance Sector: The WDI’s Finance Sector identifies and implements ways for financial institutions to profitably lower the cost of capital available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies. We conduct independent research and work with faculty and students at the U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business on projects designed to develop innovative mechanisms to lower the cost of capital. Presently the team is focused on reducing the cost of capital to SMEs, but other areas could be added if the candidate was interested in and able to develop other opportunities in finance.

The successful candidate will have an MBA or graduate degree in Finance (e.g., Ph.D.) or other graduate degree in a closely related field AND ten years or more of relevant professional experience in financial markets, an expert in quantitative analysis and MS Office, demonstrated ability to effectively communicate advanced analytical and conceptual ideas and findings to different audiences, both technical and non-technical, verbally and in written English, and must currently be authorized for employment in the United States.

Additionally, we prefer the successful candidate meet these qualifications:
Significant experience working in the field in one or more LMIC; experience starting a new line of business and managing direct reports; experience working with global development organizations (e.g., World Bank, USAID, IFC) and/or similarly-focused NGOs; proficiency in language(s) common to LMICs is desired; fluent in French or Spanish is preferred.

Representative List of Job Duties:
• Develop and drive projects incorporating U-M faculty, WDI staff, companies in LMICs and, where appropriate, U-M students with the goal of lowering the cost of capital to businesses operating in LMICs.
• Partner with the WDI’s Grants Management team to develop project funding from outside sources (companies, development community, etc.) by drafting concept notes and proposals.
• Serve as the principal on multiple projects that support the mission and strategy of WDI’s Finance sector.
• Develop relationships with U-M faculty and incorporate them in proposals and projects as appropriate.
• Work as an individual or as part of a small team to carry out the work required to meet the objectives of clients (e.g., create or co-create project work plans, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, conduct desk and field research, draft data collection tools –both quantitative and qualitative, carry out in-country data collection, draft interim and final reports, present final results to third parties, etc.).
• Deliver high quality work to clients on-time and on-budget
• Develop and maintain strong business relationships with potential clients operating in LMICs.

We will review incoming applications as they are received online.

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Additional Information

This position is eligible for WDI employee benefits (a generous package including access to medical, dental, vision, life insurance; retirement with 10% contribution from employer, and paid time off). Details and compensation will be shared with those offered an in-person interview.