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Student Program Director
ROLE OVERVIEW

The Sorenson Impact Center is looking for an experienced, passionate professional to join and lead our Student Program team. Our mission is to foster the next generation of impact leaders: the students that will be in positions to change the world by giving them the hands-on experience, skills, and networks they need to launch their career with impact.

The Director of the Student Program collaborates with the leaders of each of the Sorenson Impact Center’s verticals (Impact Investing, Finance, Strategy, and Storytelling) to harness the unique perspective, energy, and power of these students to drive the core of our work. The Director will structure and lead an effective team that will improve the student experience while expanding access to these critical opportunities – both in terms of overall number of students and in terms of student demographics.

The ideal candidate will have experience in higher education student programming, an understanding of the impact space, comfortability with fundraising, and a history of strong team management.

Join us in fostering the next generation of impact leaders! Help us build a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Team P&L Ownership – Own the fundraising target for the Student Program team, working individually and closely with the Partnerships Director to drive ongoing support for the Student Program’s mission (including costs like staffing, student pay, travel, etc)
  • Strategy – In coordination with Center leadership, define, refine, and execute a holistic strategy for the Sorenson Impact Center Student Program
  • Player/coach – Effectively manage the team while developing a forward-looking plan to expand the impact of the student program and its engagement with each of the Sorenson Impact Center’s verticals (Finance, Investing, Story-Telling, and Strategy)
  • Develop and manage the Student Program team to accomplish the following goals:
    ○ Recruitment of a diverse and engaged student population for all Sorenson Impact Center verticals,
    ○ Management of a high quality, impactful, and helpful experience for all participating
    students
    ○ Development of an engaged and supportive alumni network
    ○ Collaboration with the internal Impact Storytelling team to develop and implement a well-coordinated and fully integrated communication program
    ○ Development and tracking of performance measures to assess program success
    ○ Implementation of successful operational policies and practices to assure a fun, inviting,
    encouraging, respectful, safe and effective work environment for all students and staff
  • Partnership Development – effectively create and grow strategic internal and external relationships to support student recruitment, engagement, and management. This includes other units on campus at the University of Utah, other universities and colleges, and potential externship/career placement organizations (ie: VC firms, foundations, corporations, etc)

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Master’s degree in Business Administration, Health Care Administration or related area preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Utah resident
  • Knowledge and experience within the social impact sector
  • Team-oriented leader and manager
  • Collaborative leader able to work creatively and productively with other senior leaders and executives
  • Quickly and professionally responsive to challenging situations
  • Organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline or in a fast-paced environment

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants including those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, speak English as a second language and others from overlooked/underestimated communities.

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Manager, Impact Strategy
ROLE OVERVIEW
The Impact Strategy Manager would have the opportunity to join a growing Impact Strategy team. The Impact Strategy team consults with public, private, and social sector entities to develop impact strategy and measurement and evaluation frameworks. We anticipate that impact measurement & evaluation work will play an increasingly central role in our work going forward. Impact strategy and impact measurement and evaluation professionals play an important role in our client work, which includes strategic planning, project management, and capacity building. The Impact Strategy Manager will lead and manage projects to develop client deliverables. The Manager will interface directly with clients to ensure project milestones and deliverables are aligned with expectations and goals of projects. The Manager will also be responsible for managing project teams consisting of associates and student interns and for mentoring other junior staff in their professional development. Managers also perform research, writing, data support, stakeholder engagement, and a variety of other tasks to advance high quality deliverables. The role requires a dynamic skill set, including effective communication and a strong ability to manage and pivot between multiple projects and tasks.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide expertise in project management, including the design and management of a project
    from start to finish,consistently meeting all project reporting requirements.
  • Provide expertise leading teams to leverage different skills sets, including data scientists and
    marketing communications experts, as well as student teams, in order to successfully deliver on
    project commitments.
  • Demonstrate professional, clear, timely, and consistent communications with clients, partners,
    and colleagues.
  • Ability to manage project progress, including budget tracking and internal reporting to keep
    projects on time and on budget.
  • Provide mentorship, training, and guidance to team members.
  • Provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses, literature reviews, and recommendations.
  • Exhibit advanced research skills to efficiently compile, summarize, and analyze relevant
    information and data to develop project deliverables.
  • Keep abreast of project changes and progress to advise and recommend tools and strategies to
    increase performances and results.
  • Contribute to the design of new strategies and business development to ensure long-term
    sustainability and impact of the Center. This includes reviewing and drafting responses to new
    funding opportunities.
  • Excel at relationship management with clients and partner organizations to maximize impact of
    projects and ensure optimal learning. This may entail site visits, facilitating meetings withkey
    stakeholders, and partner collaboration on deliverables.
  • Provide organized and effective knowledge management of internal resources and tools to
    advance projects successfully.
  • Stay abreast of best practices, leading frameworks, and current events in the social impact field,
    especially those related to impact strategy and impact measurement and evaluation.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

QUALIFICATIONS

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of assignment or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of assigned department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department.

Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in business administration or related area
  • 5+ years in a client services and management consulting environment
  • 6 years of progressively more responsible management experience, including working with and
    leading teams
  • Relevant experience in impact measurement and evaluation or impact investment measurement
    and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a remote or hybrid working context
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace, Slack, Asana, Microsoft Office, or other productivity, design,
    and data tools.
  • Experience delivering written and oral presentations in client settings
  • Demonstrated relationship management, critical thinking, analytical, quality business writing, and
    effective communication skills.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as
    outlined in the position description.
  • Strong coordination and organizational skills
  • Ability to collaborate and function effectively on a highly motivated, innovative, and
    entrepreneurial team

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants, including those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, or neurodivergent as well as those who speak English as a second language and others from overlooked/underestimated communities.

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Director, Development
ROLE OVERVIEW

The Sorenson Impact Center seeks an experienced and innovative leader and fundraiser to
serve as Director of Partnerships. This role will oversee the creation and implementation of the
Center’s philanthropic partnership strategy. The Director will play a critical role in the
establishment and leadership of the Partnerships Team, working with senior advisors and
executive leadership of the Center to structure the team, set partnerships strategy and goals,
and align partnership development activities with the existing fundraising infrastructure at the
University of Utah.

About the successful candidate:
The successful candidate will bring 7+ years of experience working closely with senior
leadership, including an ED/CEO, on program-aligned and outcomes-oriented partnership
development, business development, fundraising, and stakeholder engagement.

As a person you are:

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about social entrepreneurship, impact investing and
    philanthropy and excited to foster the next generation of leaders in this space;
  • A player/coach, equally excited to contribute to strategic discussions and to engage in
    the hard work of partnership identification, engagement, and stewardship;
  • Entrepreneurial and results-oriented, you bring an appetite for risk-taking combined with
    a track record of revenue generation in a fast-paced environment;
  • Collaborative as a leader and manager, you work effectively within teams as well as
    independently, and have successfully managed direct reports to clear outcomes;
  • Thoughtful and persuasive, you bring strong verbal and written communication skills and
    can convey the Sorenson impact Center’s unique value-add to the ecosystem; and
  • Values-driven, you are committed to impact and your approach aligns with the Sorenson
    Impact Center’s values and norms.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Developing a coordinated partnerships strategy, team structure, and annual plan for
    long-term growth and expansion in collaboration with the COO and senior leadership;
  • Establishing a Partnerships function, in collaboration with the COO, that aligns well with
    and supplements existing business development activities at the U and within the Center ;
  • Identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships with a diverse array of strategic and
    funding partners, including institutional and family foundations, corporate and individual
    donors, and government agencies; and
  • Operating as a leader on the Sorenson Impact Center team, collaborating with other
    team leaders to inform long-term strategy and support general organizational
    management.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Masters degree in Business Administration, or related area preferred.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalency in experience;
  • Successful track record of developing highly-effective partnerships in the social impact/impact investing/venture philanthropy space;
  • Established institutional, individual, and corporate foundation network and a willingness
    to identify and engage new potential partners;
  • Deep knowledge of the social impact and venture capital ecosystems, and thoughts on
    how to address their current gaps;
  • Effective leadership, management, and training skills;
  • Six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and
  • Demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working in the impact sector.
  • Multilingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Self-motivated worker capable of being productive when working independently.
  • Understanding of best practices in nonprofit management.
  • Location: Remote, Utah resident preferred

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants including those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, speak English as a second language and others from overlooked/underestimated communities.

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Director, Impact Measurement & Evaluation
ROLE OVERVIEW

The Director will have the opportunity to join a growing team in the Impact Strategy team. The Impact
Strategy team consults with public, private, and social sector entities to develop impact strategy
and measurement and evaluation frameworks to measure, monitor, and change corporate and
social sector behavior. The position will play an important role in expanding our Measurement &
Evaluation work, including impact investing measurement and evaluation. This is an increasingly
important part of our Measurement & Evaluation work as a growing number of investors seek to
enter impact investing supported with robust impact measurement fundamentals. As such we
are looking for a forward thinking, creative leader with expertise in impact measurement
frameworks to help our clients and grantees measure the impact of their investments as well as
social projects.

Impact Strategy professionals play an important role in our client work, including project
management, capacity building and performance. The ideal candidate will oversee, plan and
implement measurement and evaluation program(s) for impact investing and impact strategy as
a part of our client work, ensuring goals and objectives are in accordance with established
criteria. They will be responsible for managing teams, supporting research, content generation,
data support, and stakeholder engagement. The expected day-to-day activities include; strategic
planning, client management, business development, project monitoring and evaluating, team
management, mentorship, staffing, analysis and reporting.

Location: Utah-based candidates preferred, full-time remote candidates are welcome to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Internal:

  • Provide expertise in measurement and evaluation (M&E) planning and methodology to
    the team for strategic planning.
  • Lead the design of impact frameworks for activities for both clients and internal center
    activities taking into account recent industry best practices around UNSDGs, IRIS+,
    GIIRS, etc, as well as leading the industry into new and better frameworks.
  • Ensure the full Center team is trained and knowledgeable about tools and data collection
    procedures (e.g. logical framework, project performance tracking, indicators, data flow
    chart, manuals). Conduct research, measurement, and evaluation to determine
    performance and impact indicators and targets to ensure clear measurement models for
    the Center.

External:

  • Identify business opportunities including, but not limited to, publicly posted RFPs,
    develop proposals, and win revenue-generating, impactful work for the Center.
  • Provide expertise in measurement and evaluation (M&E) planning and methodology,
    including the design and implementation of measurement and evaluation for clients.
  • Interact regularly with clear and consistent communications with Center business
    partners.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Master’s degree in Business Administration, or related area preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience and skills that make the candidate comfortable and excited to work
    across academic and practitioner settings.
  • PhD in relevant topic areas, for example impact measurement, impact investing,
    or impact reporting.
  • Experience and expertise in existing impact measurement frameworks, including
    the UNSDGs, IRIS+, ESGGIIRS, etc.
  • Experience in social and/or environmental impact sector
  • Experience working with founders and entrepreneurs to support their reporting
    progress and impact
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and function effectively on a highly motivated, innovative,
    and entrepreneurial team.

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants including those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, speak English as a second language and others from overlooked/underestimated communities.

Apply here