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Strategic Grant Partners is currently looking to fill the following position
OVERVIEW OF STRATEGIC GRANT PARTNERS
In September 2002, twelve families, bound by the common goal of improving the lives of struggling children and families in Massachusetts, launched Strategic Grant Partners (SGP), a foundation and a pro-bono consulting firm. We invest in, and work closely with, great leaders with game changing ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve the lives of children and families in Massachusetts. Through rigorous due diligence and active partnership with entrepreneurial leaders, SGP works to both scale proven programs and create new solutions that address critical societal problems. We provide customized strategic and tactical expertise to identify, design and/or refine interventions that can make a significant difference in lives of children and families. Our grant making is organized into two portfolios: K-12 Education and Children & Families (includes family self-sufficiency, college/work readiness for high-risk youth, child welfare, & early childhood). Since inception, SGP has granted over $58 million to 46 organizations. SGP’s goals are to:
- Incubate promising ideas in Massachusetts with a high potential for impact.
- Invest in strong evidence-based Massachusetts nonprofits.
- Help local organizations with proven success to disseminate learnings and/or scale their models.
- Invest in national organizations with proven results to expand into Massachusetts.
- Invest in work that alters public systems in ways that address critical challenges and are directly tied to positive changes for children and families.
THE PORTFOLIO ANALYST POSITION
SGP has a lean and nimble team. Portfolio analysts are responsible for identifying potential grant opportunities through robust due diligence of investment areas and organizations, providing consulting or strategic planning support for grantees, and conducting research on areas of interest to build SGP’s internal knowledge. Analysts report to SGP’s Portfolio Managers and split time working across the two investment portfolios. They can expect broad exposure to the education sector and to become active members in our collaborative culture that includes biweekly education team meetings and lots of brainstorming & knowledge sharing. Analyst responsibilities will be to:
- Conduct research and due diligence on potential investment areas and organizations.
- Perform all necessary analyses, which may include benchmarking, financial modeling, competitive assessment, and analysis of organizational outcomes.
- Assess quality and sustainability of organizational leadership, strategic plans, & business model
- Develop and maintain a deep understanding of SGP’s areas of concentration; scour the research, literature, news, and other sources of information to get smart on organizations and areas of interest.
- Assist in development and refinement of strategic, business and/or implementation plans in partnership with leaders from grantee organizations and/or potential grantees.
- Participate in strategic planning sessions, which may focus on issues such as theory of change, model codification, strategic priorities, articulation of outcomes, etc.
- Provide strategic and “block & tackle” support to grantees in the execution of strategic plans offering analysis and advice on program implementation, outcomes, finances, human capital and other areas.
- Foster strong working relationships, a high level of mutual trust and effective channels of communication with leaders from both grantee organizations and potential grantees.
- Prepare communications, reports, and investment white papers for SGP funders.
SGP identifies great leaders and develops partnerships that can drive systemic change and enable entrepreneurial organizations to grow and thrive. The hurdle to become an SGP grantee is high, and the Analyst must embody SGP’s high standard for excellence, rigor, passion and commitment, while working alongside grantees and providing support and skills to ensure their success. Qualified candidates will possess:
- A strong belief that the cycle of poverty can be broken, and that life outcomes of children can be dramatically improved, with a high quality education and appropriate supports.
- 2-4 years of experience at a top tier consulting firm.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct research, to analyze and interpret programmatic, management and financial information, and to sift through information to unearth relevant implications & opportunities.
- Strong and creative problem solving capabilities.
- A strong willingness to act, break down barriers and be part of the solution.
- Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse people and organizations.
- A love of learning and achievement and the desire and skill to help others succeed.
- Self-motivation, ability to work independently, take initiative and solve problems.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail; ability to produce error-free and high impact work product in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
SGP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to email@example.com. Past Analysts have also participated in the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship during their first year at SGP. Interested candidates can apply here. To indicate that you’re interested in placement with SGP on the Fellowship application, when you encounter the question “How did you learn about this Opportunity,” please specify “Other” and type in SGP.