Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments team is seeking a full time Investment Associate to assist investment officers and a senior program officer with market analysis and manager and fund due diligence. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Mission Investments, the Associate will be responsible for evaluating financial and impact performance, conducting industry reviews and supporting the creation of research on industry trends, regulatory changes and the investment landscape. The associate also will conduct research and participate in meetings on the intersection of impact investing and capital markets as it relates to mission investments. The ideal candidate has worked across a variety of impact themes and is a strong researcher with excellent quantitative and qualitative analysis ability. They also have investment management experience in an institutional setting such as a pension fund, foundation, or family office.
About Mission Investments
In addition to its grant-making, Ford Foundation has a long and distinguished history of “double bottom line” investing or impact investing, primarily through program-related investments (PRIs), which the foundation pioneered in 1968. Seeking to expand its commitment to impact investing and its endowment management strategy, Ford Foundation recently announced the addition of a Mission-Related Investment Endowment (the “MRI Endowment”), governed by an MRI Committee of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. The program will invest up to $1 billion, phased in carefully over the next 10 years.
The overall goal of the new Mission Investment (MI) program is to deliver significant mission impacts over the long-term and advance the Foundation’s programmatic goals while seeking to achieve a total return consistent with prudent risk taking. As such, the MI program has both financial and social return objectives.
MBA or CFA plus 5 years’ experience in investment management and research or field that involves significant analytical work (e.g. strategy consulting, investment banking) or equivalent combination of education and experience
Demonstrated ability to conduct complex research
Demonstrated ability and aptitude for conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis
Strong oral and written communication skills
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Operational due diligence experience
Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel required
Commitment to social justice and impact investing
Alignment with Mission and Culture of the Foundation
Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of openness, collaboration, trust, equity, accountability and urgency
Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
About Ford Foundation
The FORD FOUNDATION is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with visionary people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has ten regional offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.