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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: New York City, New York

Salary: $125K - $145K

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with visionary people on the front-lines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has ten regional offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The Investments division is hiring an Investment Analyst to join the Private Markets team. Reporting to the Director of Private Equity, the Analyst will be a key part of the team responsible for sourcing, analyzing and managing investment manager relationships for the Foundation’s portfolio of private investments, which, in aggregate, comprises approximately 43% of the Foundation’s $15 billion endowment. The private investment portfolio includes private equity, natural resources, and real estate investments.

 

The Analyst will be responsible for supporting the Director and Associate Directors of the private investments team as they (i) oversee and manage Ford’s existing private equity, natural resources, and real estate portfolios, (ii) look for new private investment managers to potentially add to Ford’s portfolio, (iii) prepare for regular update meetings with Ford’s president and investment committee, (iv) further build out and maintain the private investments team’s analytics, processes and infrastructure, and (v) pursue various ad hoc research projects.

The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, organized, problem-solver who brings strong quantitative skills and technical expertise. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone eager to learn more about investment management concepts from a collaborative and inclusive team.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Principal duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare quarterly investment performance reporting
  • Review and verify other regular quarterly reporting, including cash flow analyses and attribution reports
  • Create, analyze, and present portfolio-level and market/benchmark-level research analytics for the Privates team and Chief Investment Officer
  • Attend and summarize (in written form) meetings with investment managers
  • Formulate and defend opinions on potential new investments
  • Create slides for Investment Committee meetings
  • Lead the relationship between Ford Foundation and PE service providers (Pitchbook and Burgiss)
  • Act as liaison between the Private investment team and Finance department
  • Maintain the Privates web portal

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business, economics, engineering or a related field plus a minimum of 2-3 years of work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Strong analytical skills and highly detail-oriented nature
  • Demonstrated passion for investing
  • Superior quantitative skills and technology proficiency, including advanced Excel and intermediate/advanced Powerpoint skills
  • Team orientation and collaborative work style
  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with intermediate investment management concepts, including: performance measurement and attribution, risk measurement and management, and understanding of capital markets and diverse investment strategies
  • Some experience evaluating investments from an institutional and/or long-term perspective
  • Progress toward a CFA is a plus
  • Willingness to be based in New York City and work in the office 3 days per week

 

PHSYCIAL REQUIRMENTS

This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer.

 

The Ford Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part of this commitment, the Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact talentacquisitionhr@fordfoundation.org.

 

Location: The position is based in our New York office.

 

SALARY: The Ford Foundation is committed to practicing salary transparency. The minimum salary for this position is $125,000 and the maximum is $145,000. This position is eligible to participate in the Foundation’s Investment Division annual incentive award plan.

 

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Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams

 

Benefits

  • Hybrid Workplace and Flexible Work Arrangement policies
  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%
  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)

 

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, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. The Ford Foundation does not discriminate against formerly incarcerated individuals.