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.
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Organization: Building Impact Reports to: Erin Watts, Associate Start date: July 2019 Location: Flexible Commitment: Full-Time
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, coaching, and convening, 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 are seeking 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. We see it as our role to ensure that understanding – of self, of the complexities surrounding pressing social issues, and of the community most impacted – and strategy are sound. 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 her/his/their 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 and who is ready to take on increasingly more challenging responsibilities over time. As an Analyst, she/he/they will be exposed to current issues and decision points on critical topics locally and nationally and will have opportunities to engage with a network of philanthropists and partners who are investing in and deeply committed to transforming lives for the better.
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 others’ understanding of a topic. You are able to gather information from multiple sources and synthesize for a wide range of audiences. You also have incredibly strong analytical skills and, perhaps you even find yourself sorting information and setting it up in spreadsheets for no particular reason. You 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 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 don’t 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 graphically, in a logical visually appealing way, that allows those not as familiar with the data to understand the story being told by the numbers.
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 can juggle multiple, competing requests and manage the details of complex, high stakes projects. You understand the need to prioritize and re-prioritize your work throughout the day based on the needs of your manager and clients. You are also driven to helping those you serve maximize their time for their “highest and best use” and aren’t 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” to ensure tasks get done and projects stay on track.
You embody professional maturity. You deeply understand the confidential and complex nature of the work and approach client and partner relationships through this lens. You check your ego and your title at the door. People like being around you. The emotional wake you leave behind is one that inspires rather than demoralizes or deflates. You are a model of professionalism and discretion. You respond to challenges in a positive and proactive way.
The Analyst will:
Research Support: Provide research support for client engagements in the form of gathering hard facts about various geographies, student achievement data, and current social policies or providing research to support our internal processes around systems or business development, which could include researching new business tools or new potential clients
Analytical Support: Produce memos and other short briefings synthesizing the qualitative and/or quantitative data you’ve gathered into an easy-to-digest summary that takes the audience and purpose of the analysis into account and provides the right amount of information in the right format
Project Coordination: Provide organizational and coordination support on a variety of internal projects and client engagements including creating or updating project trackers, preparing or updating agendas in advance of meetings, or drafting or editing slides for client presentations
Note that for this role experience in education (or related social issues) and philanthropy is a plus, but not required; additionally, some travel and ability to be available on some nights is required.
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.