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Type of Role: InvestmentsRiskData Analytics

Experience Level: Analyst/Associate

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Salary: $100K - $100K

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. $8.5 billion AUM. Details below.

The Investments team is responsible for managing the Foundation’s $8.5 billion investment portfolio. The capital is managed within a globally diversified, multi asset class portfolio with the objective of earning a 5% real return annually. This portfolio is the source of funds for the Foundation’s grant making activity and other organizational expenses.

The Senior Analyst, Alpha Analytics and Portfolio Risk is responsible for monitoring and reporting on risk and return factors impacting the Foundation’s portfolio and assisting with the implementation of the Foundation’s portable alpha program. The candidate will also assist in the performance evaluation and diligence of traditional and alternative investment managers. This person will report to the Managing Director, Asset Allocation, Risk Management and Alpha Strategies with frequent interaction with the Chief Investment Officer.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Calculate and monitor risk and return for the portfolio, including developing reports and custom analytics
  • Participate as a member of the Risk Committee
  • Implement the Foundation’s portable alpha program, interacting with the Foundation’s overlay manager, and executing derivatives trades to manage market exposure
  • Monitor and actively manage the Foundation’s counterparty risk
  • Analyze and manage a portfolio of short-term cash enhancement instruments
  • Participate in prospective manager presentations and assist with the performance analysis, diligence and underwriting of potential investments
  • Assist in quantitative analytic projects across the portfolio such as asset allocation, risk management, and sensitivity analysis
  • Evaluate portfolio construction and its impact on risk and return across the portfolio
  • Measure currency and factor exposure across the portfolio, evaluating hedges for both public and private investments
  • Prepare verbal and written presentations as requested
  • May perform other duties as assigned


  • An undergraduate degree in a quantitative field of study such as mathematics, engineering, or computer science, with a strong preference for a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) / CAA (Chartered Asset Allocator) candidate or charterholder
  • A minimum of 3-7 years in the financial markets, with knowledge of equity derivatives and their pricing models
  • Must have excellent quantitative skills with a strong knowledge of statistics and financial time series analysis
  • Advanced experience with Excel required.  Programming experience with VBA, Power Query, and business intelligence tools such as Power BI (DAX) is preferred
  • Must be a sophisticated investment thinker with a strong desire to maintain the Foundation’s outstanding reputation
  • Must have an intellectual curiosity and ability to explore and evaluate complex investment opportunities
  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills and be able to effectively communicate with a seasoned investment committee
  • Ability to learn and effectively use various software programs used by the Investment Department
  • Ability to function effectively as a team member and work independently as needed
  • Thorough professionalism in all technical and non-technical aspects of the position
  • Must have a commitment to excellence and dedication to see all assignments through to completion

The position is currently hybrid and based in Chicago, Illinois.

Annual starting salary for this role will start at $100,000 and is incentive bonus eligible.


Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The work environment is an office setting.  Intermittent physical activities will include bending, reaching, sitting, and moving around the office during working hours.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with physical disabilities to perform the job.