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Director, Impact

Company Name: Community Investment Management
Company Location: San Francisco, CA
Work Type: On-site-only
Job Location: San Francisco, CA
Employment Status: Full-time
Date Posted: May 1, 2024
Apply By: August 19, 2024

Community Investment Management (CIM) is looking for a Director to elevate our impact strategy, broaden our influence and refine the ways we measure and manage our impact both in the United States and emerging markets. CIM is a global institutional impact investment manager that provides strategic debt funding to scale and demonstrate responsible innovation in lending to underserved borrowers. Our work aims to advance financial inclusion by partnering with select tech-enabled lending partners, improve financial health and drive widespread adoption of such fintech innovation by the financial mainstream.

Position Summary

The Director will be based in CIM’s San Francisco headquarters. The scale and sophistication of the impact investing market has grown significantly over recent years and this role reflects that maturation. Since our founding, a significant part of CIM’s work has involved engaging the fintech industry to identify, exchange, and codify industry best practices, particularly around responsible and transparent digital financial services and tools for impact measurement and management within financial technology. This has resulted in developing resources that have become the reference points for the responsible fintech industry, such as the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights and the Guidelines for Responsible Investing in Digital Financial Services. CIM is looking for a Director to amplify our impact and spearhead our global thought leadership. A passion for widespread impact, strong organizational skills with acute attention to detail, and comfort with a high degree of autonomy in a collaborative organization are essential for success in this role.

Key responsibilities for this position currently are being handled by other leaders at the firm, and the successful Director will embrace the following responsibilities, allowing the rest of the team to deepen their own focus areas. As such, it will be important for the Director to quickly establish a rapport with the Managing Partner and other members of the team to be successful in their role.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Serve as a champion within the firm to advance CIM’s impact mission in every aspect of our activities.
  • Evolve and refine our impact management and measurement strategy to deepen our impact, thought leadership and reporting.
  • Engage with impact investing initiatives such as the Operating Principles for Impact Management, The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), 2X Global, and the Responsible Business Lending Coalition.
  • Proactively engage with our fintech lending partners to support them in the design, implementation, monitoring and analysis of their impact theses, advance existing impact themes, such as Gender Lens Investing, and construct new impact theses by analyzing and assessing new developments, trends, and opportunities that meet the needs of underserved borrowers.
  • Conduct pioneering research on the role of credit and fintech in promoting financial inclusion and support the production of communications that resonate with industry stakeholders and broad public audiences.
  • Conduct quantitative analysis on impact performance data and develop methodologies to refine our impact performance infrastructure.
  • Represent CIM on industry groups, networks, and conference panels.
  • Provide support to CIM’s investment, communications, and marketing teams.
The ideal candidate:

Successful candidates for this role should be experienced implementers of systems and processes to achieve a high level of excellence in impact execution at an asset management firm. The impact of this position is bigger than the sum of its particular responsibilities, and the ideal candidate will have more than just a list of skills that ‘check the box’. Intellectual curiosity is essential, and in filling this role we are more concerned with a candidate’s capabilities than any singular experience. CIM is looking for someone who possesses sufficient experience to initiate high-impact projects, someone with sufficient credibility to build trust with the team, third party partners and stakeholders, and someone with sufficient vision to lead the firm’s impact strategy.

The ideal Director has:
  • Passion about impact management and measurement, financial inclusion, advocacy, and the ability of commercial impact investment at scale to address inequality.
  • Expertise in impact management and measurement within the asset management industry, preferably within private markets and financial inclusion
  • Excitement to work in a relatively small, fluid, ambitious, and highly collaborative global team with a high degree of autonomy, self-motivation, and discipline
  • Strong interpersonal skills, collaborative mindset, self-starter, and an exceptional work ethic
  • A deep established network within impact investing and research
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to deduce, synthesize and effectively communicate complex ideas
  • Strong critical and creative thinking skills; a proactive approach to solving problems
  • Intellectual drive, thinking about big issues, what makes and moves markets, what inspires people
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours at times of peak project flow
  • Proficiency with statistical analysis tools such as STATA and SQL a strong plus
  • Commitment to equity and justice. Successful candidates will be aware that race, income, age, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, and other identities can play, and have historically played, a role in equity disparities, including within organizations. Successful candidates will be committed to continuous learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to manifest these principles in the workplace
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.

For this position, we offer a competitive base salary in the range of $150,000 to $200,000 depending on qualifications and experience. In addition to the base salary employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and retirement plans and are eligible for discretionary performance-based bonuses.

If you are interested in learning more about the role or applying, please send your resume and an email cover letter to [email protected]

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