Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships
- Root Capital Inc.
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|Reports To: Chief External Affairs Officer
Job Type: Full-time
Region: Africa – Central America & Mexico – South America – United States
Location: Remote based in the US, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, or Kenya
Start Date: Immediately
Contact: Please apply by using the company site.About Root Capital
Agriculture is the key to unlocking a better future for billions of people. But while rural families help sustain the world, they struggle to sustain themselves. Root Capital is a nonprofit social impact investor that puts its money where others don’t – in underserved agricultural businesses.
We provide financing and business training to agricultural enterprises in the “missing middle” – those that are too big for microloans but too small for commercial lenders. As these agricultural businesses succeed and scale, they become engines of impact that help farming families, communities, and economies to flourish.
Founded in 1999, we are the largest social investor in agricultural businesses. As both a lender and a nonprofit, our unique model allows us to go where other financiers don’t and support agricultural enterprises so they can succeed and grow. Our world-class team of experts identifies, partners with, and invests in agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Over 23 years, Root Capital has invested $1.8 billion in 800 agricultural enterprises, proving these under-served businesses are bankable and investable. We have shown that access to finance helps these enterprises succeed and fuels the economy. Root Capital’s investments and essential business and finance trainings have impacted 10 million farming families through job creation, financial security, and climate resiliency. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we currently have offices in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Ghana, and Kenya.
The Senior Manager will contribute to the development and delivery of high-impact initiatives and collaborations that elevate Root Capital’s ability to serve the emerging needs of agricultural businesses. They will be a critical partner and strategist for colleagues across the organization and will lead on the creation of an organizational partnership strategy. The partnership strategy development and ownership will require engaging with and understanding the full inventory of Root Capital’s activities, including: our investment/lending and advisory work; our business development, investor relations, and philanthropic resource mobilization needs; and our innovation, learning and field building work, designed to ensure a just, equitable and resilient mid-market agricultural sector. Priority partnerships arising from this new strategy are expected to include companies directly involved with or in adjacent industries to agriculture, innovative finance, and key value chains, as well as with nonprofit peers, entrepreneurial academic centers and innovative thought leadership and convening groups. Organizations (and some individuals) operating at the intersection of agriculture, innovative finance, climate, gender, technology, and next generation skills development will also be considered priorities for Root Capital’s partnerships ecosystem.
An important element of the Senior Manager’s role will be to bridge internal organizational needs and capabilities at Root Capital with significant agendas and developments externally, ensuring a focused coherence and relevance for all existing and potential partnerships. This is a unique opportunity to build a meaningful platform for Root Capital’s partnerships with external stakeholders to amplify our sectoral leadership, influence value-chain actors, and support the leverage of varied resources to realize our mission and vision.
Lead a collaborative process to formalize and then steward Root Capital’s partnership strategy, in service of the organizational vision / mission.
Develop and design shared value opportunities that align external stakeholder objectives with Root Capital’s mission-critical program plans and priorities, collaborating with key internal stakeholders from across the organization including (but not limited to), the Strategy and Client Services teams.
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