Real change on our most pressing social issues requires the sustained effort of a committed collective. We believe Building Impact is at its best when our work is informed by a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and expertise.
We’re always eager to connect with people who share our passion for transformative change and our vision for a better, more just, world.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch or to apply for a current opening below.
Organization: Building Impact Reports to: Deneice McClary, Associate Start date: September 2020 Location: Flexible Commitment: Part-time (20-30 hours) or Full-time (40 hours)
Building Impact works with forward-thinking philanthropists and change agents to catalyze systemic change around the most pressing social issues. Combining deep expertise in effective philanthropy, advocacy and political strategy, and personal development, we work with our clients to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to be effective change agents. While our starting point is unique with each client, all of our clients seek to leverage their capacity to transform a pressing issue – whether in education, healthcare, or housing. Building Impact helps our clients have meaningful impact – providing ongoing strategic advising and coaching services, as well as tailored support relevant to the specific contexts and issues they face. Ultimately, we believe that by serving our clients and by bringing them together with one another, we can amplify their impact, transforming lives and the world for the better.
The Analyst role at Building Impact will be charged with providing research, organization, and coordination to multiple engagements in this growing philanthropic advising practice. We are looking for a high-competency professional who will treat this role as an opportunity to invest in personal and professional growth while gaining a deepened understanding of key social issues and philanthropic landscapes in multiple geographies across the country. This role is designed for someone who is excited to be a part of a high-functioning, mission-driven business. The Analyst will be exposed to a range of social issues and will have opportunities to engage with philanthropists, change agents, and partners who are deeply committed to transforming lives for the better.
The Person You are an excellent researcher with an analytical mind. You are strategic and thorough in the process of gathering information. You can find reliable information on almost anything and enjoy the process of uncovering new information and increasing othersʼ understanding of a topic. You are able to gather information from multiple sources, synthesize it, and tailor it to a wide range of audiences. You have incredibly strong analytical skills and, perhaps, find yourself sorting information in spreadsheets for no particular reason. You also love a good Excel shortcut.
You are a project coordinator and a “details person.” Your inbox and hard drive are well-organized and you can find documents in just a few seconds. Your manager and/or clients are always satisfied with your work and impressed by your level of organization. You also thrive on organizing others, creating and implementing systems to ensure every moment is well spent. You enjoy engaging on
multiple projects and driving towards deadlines. You make sure things donʼt fall through the cracks.
You are an excellent communicator.
You use clear and concise language, your writing is concrete and actionable. You understand the context in which you are communicating, and respond professionally and effectively, tailoring your message depending on the audience. You are skilled in communicating with a wide-range of clients and critical stakeholders and are comfortable drafting anything from a proposal to a PowerPoint presentation. You also know how to present data in a logical, visually engaging and thought-provoking way that appeals to data experts and novices alike.
You are a proactive and persistent problem solver. You hold yourself personally responsible for results and are patiently persistent as you follow up and follow through. You find ways to get the information you need to meet your goal. You get the job done. You are allergic to excuses. You do not wait to be told what to do. You think of the needs of the other team members and their projects, constantly anticipating and problem-solving in advance of deadlines.
You are a relentless prioritizer.
You are adept at managing your time exceedingly well. You understand the need to prioritize and re-prioritize your work throughout the day based on the needs of your manager, team members, and clients. You are also driven to help those you serve maximize their time for their “highest and best use” and arenʼt afraid of asking questions that will help surface their priorities to ensure you are aligned. You are intentional and clear about how long high impact work will take to complete well, allowing those working with you to properly manage their time. You can effectively manage up, down, or across to ensure tasks get done and projects stay on track.
You learn quickly. You are able to quickly understand the basic facts and nuances of a new situation and feel confident and knowledgeable enough to act on your understanding. You are agile enough to be self-reflective in motion and to incorporate your learnings into your next action.
The Analyst will:
Research and Analytical Support: Provide research and analytical support for client engagements by gathering and synthesizing qualitative and/or quantitative data (e.g. demographic, electoral, policy) or providing support for our internal strategic objectives (e.g. researching new business tools or codifying processes) in the form of memos, templates, presentations, and/or trackers using data visualization techniques aligned to the project goals.
Project Coordination: Provide organizational and coordination support on client engagements, including creating or updating project trackers, preparing or updating agendas in advance of meetings, or drafting or editing slides for client presentations.
Organizational Support: Contribute to the overall culture of the organization, building relationships and engaging with various members of the team, partners, and clients.
Core Values: Strive to embody our core values: listening and learning, building trust, pursuing excellence, confronting equity, and demonstrating teamwork.
Note that for this role experience in education or other social issues, or philanthropy is a plus, but not required; additionally, some travel and ability to be available on some nights is required. Also, note that as of March 15, 2020 Building Impact has suspended all work-related travel.
We offer a competitive compensation package.
Commitment to Diversity Building Impact does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and contractors, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.