Director of Talent

NYC or San Francisco
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Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. We invest patient capital in companies whose products and services offer important opportunities and choices to people living in poverty. To date, Acumen has positively impacted 270 million lives by investing $115M in 113 innovative, early-stage companies in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States.

But investing in the future isn’t just about money, it’s also about people. We’ve been investing in relationships for years… connecting with emerging leaders in their own countries—both in real life and digitally—and engaging them in extended collective dialogue, moral inquiry, and skill building.

About +Acumen
+Acumen’s team is building the world’s school for social change—a global learning community for social change-makers. +Acumen began in 2013 with a vision to equip change-makers with the tools, insights, and community to step up and create change. We do this in two ways:

1) We offer free and low-cost online courses that help to democratize access to the best tools to change the systems which keep people entrenched in poverty
2) We find the “best” people and connect them to Acumen and each other at scale

To date +Acumen has reached 400,000 people from 192 countries through its courses.

Where You Come In
The +Acumen community is filled with potential leaders and their stories of success and even meaningful failures. In a field of over 400,000 +Acumen students, we need to identity these potential leaders and tell their stories in a cohesive and compelling manner across our digital properties. This is where you come in: the media savvy storyteller who knows how to build relationships with community, media outlets, and thought leaders. You’ll work closely with our community, product, and marketing teams to discover leaders within our community of course takers and then distill our collective story into a consistent, compelling, and brand-aligned narrative.

More specifically, you will have the opportunity to:
+ Craft and tell powerful and meaningful stories to a large, global and growing audience
+ Work with our community and product team to identify candidates for our Corps of social change leaders
+ Integrate yourself into product, content, and marketing workflows to surface material to share more broadly while ensuring consistent messaging and visuals across our public-facing elements
+ Cultivate reciprocal professional relationships with key community members, sector influencers, bloggers, journalists, press, media outlets, podcasters etc…
+ Become one of the “faces” and “voices” of +Acumen in video, live feeds and podcasts
+ Develop compelling copy and visuals for our blog, emails, social media, ads and more
+ Distill a growing library of courses, videos, interviews and transcripts into engaging content
+ Work with Acumen’s offices around the globe to help deepen or establish their media and social presence

Who You Are
+ You’re a brilliant writer with a passion for highlighting the best in others (copy and blog).
+ You have a passion for community outreach
+ You’re detail oriented and get excited to spend time looking through course submissions, community interactions, and historical data to spotlight individuals possessing a defined set of characteristics
+ You enjoy creating interactions with media outlets, networking, and relationship building
+ You understand and get excited about branded storytelling
+ You enjoy interviewing, speaking, and live-streaming
+ You’re a digital native with interest or experience in the social media management
+ You’re dangerous with an editing/design suite (Adobe Creative Cloud preferred but boxed solutions like Canva are suitable)
+ You know how to take the reigns of a social media strategy and effectively communicate it to related stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications
+ A proven and substantial history of writing, blogging, journalism or editing with a passion for storytelling.
+ Experience with video. Whether in your career or personal channels, you’ve a clear record of experimenting with and leveraging video and or live streaming
+ Ability to leverage your preferred editing/design suite. You should be able to show graphics you’ve created for past campaigns
+ Comfortable speaking in front of others whether on camera or at events
+ Experience or interest in managing PR or social media. Ideally you would be able to point to campaigns you’ve directly influenced or managed.
+ Some knowledge of the social media landscape (Facebook, Twitter, Medium, Youtube LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat and Quora)

Bonus Qualifications
+ Experience doing editorial work of some sort
+ Graphic design or branding related background or competencies
+ Ability to use portions of Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects or Premiere Pro)
+ You have a proven track recording of working with media and influencers
+ Knowledge of how to use higher grade camera and mic equipment well
+ You’re able to craft Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat stories using only basic equipment
+ You stay on top of trends and best practices and never shy away from learning and leveraging the latest and greatest

Additional characteristics we look for in 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 when there is 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)

New York, NY or San Francisco, CA

Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits and a 401(k).

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and link to your portfolio here:

The deadline to apply for this position is November 15th, but candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.