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Associate, US – Remote, Flexible Location

Imaginable Futures
February 18, 2021
Washington, DC, United States of America
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Associate, US - Remote, Flexible Location

Imaginable Futures is seeking an associate to join the US investment team, primarily focused on investments, research, movement building and strategic communications. The U.S. team’s strategy focuses on increasing postsecondary success for parents and improving early learning experiences for young children. In this role you will be supporting important systems change strategies and will have the opportunity to work with amazing organizations and leaders doing critical work in partnership with families.

About Imaginable Futures:

Imaginable Futures (IF) is a global philanthropic investment firm that believes learning has the power to unlock human potential. Imaginable Futures aspires to provide every learner with the opportunity and the tools they need to imagine, and to realize a brighter future. By taking a systems approach to solving complex education challenges, Imaginable Futures works across public, private and social sectors to bring to life transformational ideas for learners of all ages.

With a deep commitment to on-the-ground partnership and co-creation with those we serve, Imaginable Futures empowers learners, families and communities to be the changemakers of the future. With a global team in Brazil, Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States, Imaginable Futures has invested more than $225 million in more than 125 partners across Africa, Latin America and North America, as well as in India with our sister organization, Omidyar Network India. Imaginable Futures is a venture of The Omidyar Group.

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Here's more about what you'll do:

  • Scope out high impact education opportunities in the US
  • Support the development of investment thesis, conduct diligence and financial analysis on prospect partners, prepare and present investment memoranda to the Investment Committee
  • Help manage and support our portfolio by tracking partner organizations impact and financial metrics, and working closely with them on strategic aspects to help scale their impact
  • Conduct sector-level research and advance the team's learning agenda to refine strategy
  • Over time, develop key sector relationships and represent IF externally as a speaker on panels, at sector related meetings and through blog publications
  • Partner and lead discrete projects on research, thought leadership, and other influence opportunities to support our systems change efforts in the US and globally
  • Contribute to the efforts of the global team, including knowledge management by sharing key learnings and providing feedback on similar themes and opportunities across IF’s target countries

What you’ll bring to the team:

  • At least 4 years of professional experience in related fields, broadly defined to include education, innovation, investment, social justice work or philanthropy, either through the public or private sectors, public policy, strategy consulting, or investing;
  • Passion for social impact and commitment to justice, diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Strategic thinker with exceptional analytical skills and familiarity with Excel modeling
  • Ability to evaluate proposed investments from multiple perspectives (strategic fit, market opportunity, impact potential, operational capability, business model, financial performance, valuation, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the education sector or direct experience working in education a plus
  • Independent self-starter with high degree of flexibility and adaptability in a rapidly evolving organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working experience in or an understanding of the education and business landscape in the US required
  • Excellent organization skills - organized and detailed, ability to manage multiple projects independently and simultaneously
  • Comfort with 25% domestic and international travel (once travel is safe)

Core Competencies for this role

  • Analytical thinking - The ability to identify a set of features, parameters, or considerations to take into account, in analyzing a situation or making a decision
  • Initiative - The ability to manage individual projects with limited oversight; ability to exercise independent thinking and judgment
  • Empathy - Genuinely seeks to understand and respects other perspectives and emotions
  • Creativity - Consistently generates and employs original ideas for themselves and for others, tackling both simple and complex problems
  • Building Collaborative Relationships - The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside and outside the organization

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Imaginable Futures, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with our fundamental belief that people are inherently capable, but they often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to have outsized positive returns on the world. We actively recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Imaginable Futures is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes people from all experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.


How to apply

Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited about this role.

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