Lever for Change leverages investments in solutions to the world’s biggest problems — from racial and gender equity to climate change. By matching donors with problem solvers — through customized challenges and tailored funding opportunities — Lever for Change accelerates social change. Outstanding teams from these challenges form the Bold Solutions Network, which focuses on elevating organizations and catalyzing further funding.
Founded as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2019, Lever for Change has influenced more than $800 million in awards and provided support to more than 140 organizations to date.
The Awards Management Associate will provide a wide range of support to Lever for Change’s Awards Directors and the Lever for Change team. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, hard-working professional to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and to directly support the organizational strengthening and programmatic activities of a philanthropic start-up.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the sourcing and due diligence of highly effective social change organizations through competition processes including critical analysis of proposals, budgets, work-plans, strengths/weaknesses, etc.
- Conduct qualitative research and analysis through interviews with client staff, other donors, and experts in the field
- Execute quantitative research and analysis
- Undertake landscape reviews to inform competition design
- Thoughtfully develop, draft, and prepare program-related memos, reports, materials, and presentations under tight deadlines.
- Perform financial analyses, including forward-looking financial projections
- Prepare clear and compelling presentation materials
- Present analyses and findings to clients
Other Duties and Responsibilities
- Keep abreast of current events, developments, and issues in the field of philanthropy in order to maintain a balanced and objective perspective to support grantees and top-performing applicants
- Write extensively for both internal and external purposes
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Two years of professional experience
- Minimum of a BA/BS
- Mastery of basic statistics
- Experience writing for external, non-technical audiences
- Excellent critical thinking skills
- Ability to access and assess relevant research publications
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Positive “can-do” attitude and a willingness to do what is necessary to get the job done
- Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to follow tasks through to completion in a timely manner
- Able to manage multiple tasks and projects under tight deadlines
- Able to take initiative and work proactively
- Excellent and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels; able to use discretion and maintain confidentiality; cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies
- Technologically savvy
- English fluency (spoken and written) required
- Demonstrated competency in public speaking
This position is based in Chicago, Illinois. At present, work is remote until March 1, 2022.