Executive Assistant, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance
U.S. Impact Investing Alliance Overview: The Executive Assistant (“EA”) will serve as an essential team member of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (“the Alliance”) which is being incubated at the Ford Foundation and is funded by a range of philanthropies.
The Alliance’s vision is to place impact, along with financial returns and risk, at the center of all investment decisions. The Alliance seeks to: •Increase awareness of impact investing in the United States •Foster deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally •Partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem
The EA is a highly organized, effective and articulate administrator, representing the Executive Director of the Alliance and the Foundation at the highest level. The primary role of the EA is to pro-actively support the Executive Director of the Alliance and the team. The EA will also assist in facilitating the daily planning and processes of the team, including heavy scheduling, domestic and international travel planning, and calendar management for the team, as needed. The EA will work closely with colleagues who report to the Executive Director, and with select colleagues across the Foundation. The EA will work closely with relevant Foundation staff and the Alliance’s fiscal sponsor to coordinate Board and affiliated Council events, calls and other activities.
BA/BS plus at least 5 years’ experience supporting executives at the highest level, representing the office in high profile settings in any given environment
Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office computer applications, including at minimum Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as travel and expense reporting software
Manages financial, detailed, and confidential information with the highest level of accuracy and sensitivity
Experienced in taking notes in executive and other meetings, and managing appropriate follow up
Proficient in utilizing online information resources and data tools for information retrieval and data entry; capacity to undertake internet-based research
Excellent proactive planning skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills; able to self-manage, anticipate problems and recommend solutions, and prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines with little or no supervision
Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, and sense of urgency in problem-solving and achieving results
Intellectually curious, responsible and accountable; seeking to be an engaged member of a diverse team
Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with an ability to appropriately interpret and organize information, and manage both telephone and in-person communications tactfully and professionally at all times
A highly effective ambassador for the Alliance, both with other areas of the Foundation and with external contacts
Excellent interpersonal skills and a ‘can-do,’ ‘customer service’ attitude which contributes to building morale and team spirit within the Investments division; an active listener, with an ability to interface and coordinate with large and diverse group of internal and external contacts
ALIGNMENT TO CULTURE AND VALUES:
Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, fairness, and diversity
Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
Action-oriented 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, sexualorientation preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.