Manager, Economic Mobility

MA
Full Time
Mid Level

ABOUT NEW PROFIT

New Profit is a venture philanthropy organization that backs social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America.  New Profit exists to build a bridge between these leaders and a community of philanthropists who are committed to catalyzing their impact.  New Profit provides unrestricted grants and strategic support to a portfolio of organizations led by visionary social entrepreneurs to increase their impact, scale, and sustainability.  It also partners with social entrepreneurs and other cross-sector leaders to shift how government and philanthropy pursue social change to ensure that all people can thrive.  Since it founding in 1998, New Profit has invested $325+ million in more than 165 early-and later-stage social enterprises.  Learn more about New Profit here.

ABOUT ECONOMIC MOBILITY AT NEW PROFIT

New Profit’s Economic Mobility Project which ecompasses New Profit’s core venture philanthropy work to accelerate the impact and scale of the most promising non-profit solutions advancing equity in the education-to-employment system and more broadly in service of Economic Mobility. Through New Profit’s Catalyze and Build support, social entrepreneurs are selected for unrestricted capital, learning communities, coaching, and robust technical assistance from New Profit’s most senior partners. One set of investments is the Post Secondary Innovations for Equity initiative which is investing in a set of proximate entrepreneurs and organizations who are aiming to reshape the education to employment system in America so that our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is equitable, and the economy of the future works for everyone.

The Economic Mobility Project also encompasses New Profit’s system-change model, whereby learnings from social entrepreneurs influence systemic investments and policy change. This includes the Future of Work Grand Challenge. New Profit has recently launched an Economic Mobility Advisory Council of knowledgeable and influential executives and leaders to inform ongoing strategic visioning and contribute to our field-building and thought-leadership goals. 

POSITION OVERVIEW 

New Profit is looking for a strategic manager and analytical problem-solver with strong relationship management capabilities. The Manager will be responsible for supporting the Economic Mobility portfolio, specifically the Post-Secondary Innovation for Equity (PIE) initiative, and field Economic Mobility Field leadership teams, with 50% of time spent on each function. 

The Manager will work directly with both the Portfolio team and Field Leadership teams. The Manager may also shepherd the work of the Advisory Council, supporting development of materials for meetings, and providing ongoing support to the Council. Lastly, the Manager will support a community of proximate adult-learners through New Profit’s Worker Advisory Board. 

Post-Secondary Innovation for Equity (50% of time)

The position and its associated activities described below will represent 50% of the Manager’s time. This work will focus on a range of critical activities related to the Post-secondary Innovation for Equity (PIE II) Initiative and work most closely with a New Profit “Deal Partner” leading the PIE initiative.  “Deal Partners” are senior leaders on our Portfolio Investing team directly working with our Build-level grantees. The Manager will play a critical role in working with the PIE initiative Lead Deal Partner in supporting the success of this Initiative. Activities in this position will include the following: 

      Learning Community 

  • Gather input from the PIE grantees about what will most support their needs and convene the community one to two times a year over the course of the Initiative’s four years. Responsibilities to include: 
    • Co-design learning community agendas 
    • Develop materials 
    • Gather feedback from Social Entrepreneurs 
    • Co-facilitate as needed by PIE cohort lead 
    • Capture lessons learned and develop syntheses of sessions 
    • Coordinate with other team members in support of convening logistics 

      Deal Support & Portfolio Insights 

  • The PIE Manager will work with the Partner overseeing the PIE initiative to lead an internal community of learning which will regularly surface and capture our insights and learning from across the PIE cohort of organizations and codify and share these with internal and external audiences. 
  • The Manager may be asked to play a “Deal Second” role, providing time-bound or ongoing support to individual grantees in partnership with the Deal Partner.  

      Cross-team Communication & Stewardship

  • The PIE Manager will play a critical role in supporting streamlined communication and collaboration between the Economic Mobility Field leadership team and the Portfolio team members engaged with the PIE Build grantees to ensure effective stewardship of  the initiative’s field leadership and capacity building objectives. 

Economic Mobility Field Leadership (50% of time)

The position and its associated activities described below will represent 50% of the Manager’s time. This work will focus on a range of critical activities related to the Economic Mobility Team. 

      General support for the Economic Mobility Field Leadership could include:

  • Relationship Management, Project Management, and Strategy Support:
    • Worker Advisory Board: Lead and manage a community of 100+ proximate adult-learners.  Host and develop quarterly learning sessions, conduct outreach and project management for Advisory projects leveraging Worker Advisory Board, developing and executing workplans and reporting. Develop and execute on a strategy to onboard new members on a rolling basis. Lead the relationships with internal NP partners as related to the Board.  
  • Communications Support: Coordinate with the Communications team to provide insights on Worker Advisory Board, and other initiatives. Provide review of content and support special projects – including research, media engagement preparation, planning and anticipation, and responsiveness to needs relative to upcoming meetings and events.
  • Policy coordination: Coordinate strategy alignment between Economic Mobility Portfolio, the Worker Advisory Board, and America Forward- New Profit’s Policy arm on policy issues. 
  • Evaluation and Assessment: Contribute to the ongoing improvement of New Profit’s programming and systems; capture best practices and lessons learned; contribute to the development of new frameworks and tools to codify New Profit’s knowledge and practices.
  • Coordination: Coordinate within the Economic Mobility team and organization-wide to synthesize key learnings and opportunities and contribute to broader Economic Mobility and New Profit-wide strategy development. 

The Manager will be managed by the Economic Mobility Lead and will have regular touchpoints with the PIE Partner Lead and key portfolio team members. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three to Seven years of relevant professional experience (e.g., nonprofits, philanthropy, management consulting, venture capital, project management);
  • Experience or interest supporting initiatives focused on racial equity and proximity, and elevating leaders of color in the social sector. (see New Profit’s Inclusive Impact report here). 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, simultaneously manage multiple projects/people and effectively prioritize time and tasks;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of reputable stakeholders, both oral and written;
  • Excellent listening skills; ability to distill insights from listening and make recommendations to the team to inform current and future program design
  • Creative, learning-oriented problem solver;
  • Effective at building internal and external relationships and collaborative work environments;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Adaptable and able to manage multiple, changing priorities and stakeholders;
  • Collaborative team player willing to go above and beyond for the success of New Profit and its portfolio of investments;
  • Engaging, clear verbal and written communication skills;
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office programs specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

STARTING SALARY: $80,000, commensurate with experience

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position please go to New Profit’s Career page. In lieu of a cover letter, please submit a resume and assignment (instructions below) addressed to Abby Marquand. Please upload question responses where it indicates to attach your cover letter in the job posting.

In lieu of a cover letter, please share thoughtful repossess to the following in 3-5 sentences per question:

  1. Briefly describe what you are working on now as well as one or two other experiences that you’ve had that are relevant to this opportunity. 
  2. We are looking for someone with deep project management experience, able to manage projects to success by setting goals and priorities, and managing resources effectively. How have you demonstrated these abilities in your past work? 
  3. Please describe, with specifics, how you have fostered community and collaboration among individuals or organizations. What are the results of that work? 
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