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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: Evanston, Illinois

Salary: $87K - $97K

Northwestern University is a private research university in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Established in 1851 to serve the historic Northwest Territory, it is the oldest chartered university in Illinois. The university has its main campus along the shores of Lake Michigan in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Department: Investments/Real Estate

Salary/Grade: EXS/V09

Position Summary

The Northwestern University Investment Office is searching for an Investment Analyst to join the 24-person team responsible for investing the University’s endowment. The Investment Analyst position provides a unique opportunity to gain experience in institutional investing and broad exposure to various asset classes, including public equity, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, real assets, and fixed income. The Investment Analyst will be an active participant on the team and assist in many areas of the investment process. The Investment Analyst will work closely with senior level investment professionals, including the Chief Investment Officer, and have an opportunity to interact with the University’s trustees. This is an entry-level two-year term appointment with the potential for promotion to a subsequent two-year Associate program.

  • A well-qualified candidate within this department or unit has been identified and will be considered for the position alongside other qualified candidates identified through a competitive recruitment process. The University reserves its right to give priority consideration to internal qualified candidates.



  • Participate in the evaluation of new and existing fund managers across asset classes.
  • Assist with the preparation of investment recommendations and presentations, including those prepared for the University’s trustees.
  • Evaluate investment opportunities including underlying strategies, sectors, and geographies.
  • Monitor performance of existing investments, including reviewing quarterly and annual reports and attending manager meetings or conferences
  • Help prepare and refine a variety of quantitative analyses, including risk management and asset allocation reviews.
  • Manage special projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Essential Skills


  • Bachelor’s Degree with strong academic performance
  • Passion for investments and financial markets
  • Proactive self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • Excellent analytical skills, comfort with statistics and financial math, and proficiency in Excel and Microsoft Office products
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Highest level of integrity, innate curiosity, intellectual capability, and professionalism
  • Interest in pursuing a CFA designation is a plus

Target hiring range for this position will be between $87,000-$97,000 per year. Offered salary will be determined by the applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data

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The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.