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Founded in 2012 by Liesel and Ian Simmons, Blue Haven Initiative (BHI) is a single-family office managing diversified a global investment portfolio. As one of the first family offices created with impact investing as its core mission, BHI seeks market rate return on its investments as well as maximum social and environmental impact. BHI recognizes not all solutions are a good fit for commercial investment and supports nonprofit and civic work through its philanthropy. They leverage their flexible role as a private family office to deploy different capital types and use their voice to inform the growth of the impact investing field.
The entire BHI team is composed of 12 full-time employees across four departments: Civics, Initiatives, Operations, and Ventures.
While markets can scale many solutions, they cannot (and should not) do everything. A signature focus of Blue Haven is the in-house philanthropic portfolio, Initiatives. The Initiatives team closely collaborates with ecosystem partners to identify social and environmental challenges best served by grant capital, concessionary investment, or charitable donor collaborative projects.
The team deploys $3M to $5M annually in grants and philanthropic investments to nonprofits and early-stage companies with clear impact objectives, managing a vibrant portfolio of about 15 partners. The Initiatives strategy has supported impact investing and climate change field-building activities, as well as human capital and leadership development interventions. The portfolio is geographically concentrated in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Partners include: Tipping Point Fund, ImpactAssets, VC Include, Boardroom Africa, Apolitical Academy, Prime Coalition, Energy for Growth, Ampersand, and Third Derivative.
Reporting directly to the Initiatives’ Manager and Blue Haven’s Co-Founder, the Strategic Analyst will help drive the team’s entire grantmaking process, from pipeline-building to due diligence and portfolio management. They believe there are significant growth opportunities for the Analyst to expand their skillset, begin serving as a key contributor to portfolio strategy, and gain exposure to a range of leaders in impact investing and international development, including foundations, accelerators, and think tanks.
The role is a full-time, remote position with an expected start of May or June. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. While the individual can live outside ET time zone, they require they work at least 6-hours per day overlapping with East Coast business hours (8 AM – 5 PM). The office is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with employees across the US. BHI operates as a remote workplace, offering location flexibility during and post-pandemic. Once travel becomes safe again, this individual can expect to travel 25% of the time, primarily in the US and East Africa. A detailed description of the position is included below:
Pipeline and due diligence
Coordinate and participate in introductory calls with new organizations seeking funding
Review grant proposals and prepare initial grant screens and memos to assess impact and viability
Present key findings, opportunities, and risks to Co-Founder, Manager, and external Advisor
Grant and philanthropic investment management
Support processing of grants, investments, and consulting contracts from a donor-advised fund
Lead quarterly outreach to grantees and gather portfolio impact and financial reporting
Update team budget and document meeting notes in Salesforce
Streamline and improve grantmaking processes on an ongoing basis
Serve as a point of contact for business partners, grantees, consultants, and co-funders
Convene and facilitate relationship-building opportunities between BHI and the ecosystem
Develop and maintain effective, cross-organizational relationships with different BHI teams (Civics, Operations, Ventures)
Conduct data-driven research on complex social and environmental challenges
Participate in brainstorming to inform portfolio strategy and impact hypotheses
Build high-quality deliverables to capture portfolio strategy (e.g., PPT presentations, reports)
Help lead Catalytic capital investment portfolio alongside their Ventures Senior Associate
Serve as project manager when team launches new initiatives or partnerships (i.e., HR Leadership course, cash management strategy, employee donations, donor collaboratives, etc.)
Support Founder with Chief of Staff responsibilities, including panel and meeting preparation
Assist with knowledge capture and drafting of internal and publicly shared lessons learned
They’ve listed illustrative projects the Analyst may be involved in, as examples of daily activities:
Preparing a comprehensive impact report to capture critical portfolio-wide updates
Processing a philanthropic investment into an e-mobility startup
Supporting project management of a course focused on talent management for African startups
Drafting a blog on emerging business models and nonprofits focused on gig economy
Writing grant memos to assess a cleantech accelerator or new research on catalytic capital use cases
Their ideal candidate will have these attributes:
Skills and Abilities
Creative problem-solver with a curiosity to unpack complex social and environmental challenges
Quick and resourceful learner with capability to build processes and strategies from scratch
Self-directed and comfortable independently managing multiple tasks and responsibilities
Ability to analyze data, conduct research, and distill takeaways into a meaningful strategy
Good judgement and integrity when handling sensitive responsibilities associated with philanthropy
Detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication
Highly collaborative and inclusive team player
These qualifications would be great to have, but are not necessary to apply:
Mission-alignment and demonstrated interest in social impact, philanthropy, or impact investing
1–4 years work experience in international development, consulting, philanthropy, nonprofits, entrepreneurship, or private sector
Familiarity with basic project management, finance, accounting, and budgeting principles
Experience with Microsoft suite of products (Excel, PPT, and Word) and Salesforce
They believe that university degrees are not accessible to everyone. Therefore, this role does not require a university education. At Blue Haven Initiative, they believe that generating social impact starts with diverse teams and partners. This means cultivating an equitable workplace that encourages collaboration and creativity, and they actively recruit and empower diverse people who represent the next generation of leadership. Applicants will never be disqualified nor discriminated against by race, class, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran or disability status, criminal history, or educational attainment.
Benefits and Compensation
BHI will provide compensation commensurate with work experience, the salary range for this role is: $70K – $85K. Benefits include healthcare, paid parental leave, retirement, generous philanthropic matching program, flexible vacation, and remote work expense budget.