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Senior Associate, Capacity Building

SF/LA preferred; will consider remote placements

About REDF

At REDF, we’re building an economy that works. For everyone.

We discover and back social entrepreneurs across the United States that employ people striving to overcome employment barriers like homelessness or incarceration.

These mission-driven businesses, called employment social enterprises, exist because they see untapped talent in their communities for the strengths they hold, not the barriers they’ve faced.

That’s why REDF invests in their businesses, so we can help push their impact further, faster. We pair our grantmaking with capacity-building support, create space for employment social enterprise leaders to learn together, and sponsor state and federal policies that help shift perspectives. Because we believe that our economy works best when it works for everyone.

Since 1997, REDF has invested in 280 social enterprises in 38 states and DC, helping over 87,000 people create a future where they can flourish.

About the Capacity Building Team (CBT):

The CBT is in charge of delivering capacity building services to our social enterprise grantee partners across all the different REDF programs (including the Accelerator, Growth Portfolio, and the REDF Impact Investing Fund). Our capacity building services include the design and delivery of technical assistance (TA) projects, the Farber Fellows program, and the creation and facilitation of content and curriculum. The CBT also manages and works closely with a team of experienced, external consultants to provide project and advisory support on a variety of issue areas.

About CA:RISE:

CA:RISE is a program in partnership with the state of California that pairs significant state grant funding with REDF technical assistance and advisory support to help ESEs in California improve their business sustainability and the economic mobility of their participants. The program involves a close partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Also involved will be a fiscal agent partner to disburse grant funding to the selected ESEs. REDF will manage an application process to select ESE grantees, and then provide programming, advisory support, and capacity building throughout the duration of the program. The program is currently planned to be 1-2 years in duration.

The Role:

The Senior Associate will play a vital role in executing REDF’s technical assistance provision across all post-application elements of the CA:RISE program (our Portfolio team will be responsible for the pre-application and application processes). In particular, the Senior Associate will support a CBT Senior Manager in designing and delivering a cohort model of TA for two distinct tracks (ESEs focused on “Sustainable Growth” and “Economic Mobility”), executing the baseline assessment process, in setting up and facilitating customized TA projects, and in collecting and interpreting data and insights. The Senior Associate will also collaborate with a different CBT Senior Manager to create, upload, and share-out content appearing on, which will feature prominently into the overall CA:RISE design.

Depending on bandwidth and CA:RISE responsibilities, the Senior Associate will also support project execution on other initiatives related to scalable TA delivery and will support the Sr. Director in managing the administration and logistics of the Farber Fellows program.

This position is an exciting opportunity for individuals with a variety of backgrounds, though may be particularly well-suited towards individuals with management consulting experience that are now looking to shift their career into the social impact sector.

The role is a benefitted contract role that is currently funded through June 2024, with the potential for extension to June 2025.

The Responsibilities:

  • Complete discrete workstreams related to the CA:RISE cohort TA delivery experience, including aspects of curriculum design, presentation building, learning capture, and communications
  • Complete the baseline assessment for ESE grantees in conjunction with Portfolio Relationship Managers and a CBT Sr. Manager; collect, organize, and analyze baseline data and make informed suggestions for follow-on high-value customized TA projects
  • Lead data analysis and interpretation related to regular impact data reports; conduct ESE/project case studies as needed; present analysis internally and to other audiences as needed
  • Collaborate with GP&P project managers to construct and maintain an accurate and up-to-date database to ensure that all TA projects are on schedule, on budget, and have the right follow-on information collected at the appropriate time; connect with Relationship Managers and other staff to communicate key deliverables and gather past-due data
  • Support Sr. Manager and Finance team in creating consultant scopes of work (SOW) and in facilitating the contracting process by administering contract request forms through REDF’s internal system
  • Identify ESE grantee TA content needs and collaborate with a CBT Sr. Manager to create, upload, and share-out corresponding tools, templates, and reports; become an in-house expert / super-user on and its content repository
  • Support the Sr. Director of Program Services in managing the administration and logistics (and experience!) of the Farber Fellows program (many of whom will be staffed with CA:RISE grantees); duties will include recruiting support, resume screening, interview scheduling, cohort onboarding, summer scheduling logistics, and the management of our internal screening system through SMApply
  • Support internal team planning, strategy, and learning initiatives; own one-off research projects as called upon

The Qualifications:

  • Possess a “generalist” toolkit and mindset; comfortable tackling projects across a range of subject areas
  • Effective individual contributor; track record of ownership of past, discrete, complicated workstreams led to a successful conclusion
  • Strong project management skills and detail-orientation; able to meet all deliverables and to communicate proactively to others regarding gaps and need areas
  • Capable of scoping workstreams and projects for self and others with support; able to identify key questions, key deliverables, and realistic timelines; able to adjust scope as needed
  • With a moderate amount of guidance and supervision, able to present work to a range of internal and external audiences
  • Able to make decisions under a moderate amount of ambiguity and imperfect information; proposes and executes upon solutions and trade-offs to roadblocks as they come up on workstreams
  • Strong collaborator; comfortable working with others that possess a wide diversity of backgrounds, skillsets, and experience; naturally finds ways to upskill others
  • Supportive of REDF’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Continuously uses feedback and embodies a growth mindset to improve work product and personal development; confident in ability to give upwards feedback to supervisor
  • Able to travel up to 30% for work purposes (once business travel resumes)
  • ~2-4+ years of relevant experience (consulting is a plus)

The Culture

Every team member at REDF has an impact, with the ability to influence and iterate on our strategy. We balance autonomy with collaboration, leading with learning, and innovation with expertise. We listen, ask questions, and challenge the status quo and each other to uncover solutions that move us all to a better tomorrow.

REDF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our different experiences, backgrounds, and stories are our strength. We know that an equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplace makes us more effective, innovative and agile. We welcome and will consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status or arrest and conviction history. EEO is the Law. REDF welcomes all.

The Perks

  • Ability to help craft REDF’s next 25 years of impact
  • Work with passionate, dedicated people
  • Ability to apply your passion for social change in your career while using business as a force for good
  • Operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • 12 paid holidays and ample vacation time
  • A generous dollar-for-dollar match up to 4% of your base compensation
  • Opportunity to learn continuously by building your skills and broadening your perspectives at conferences, workshops, and more
  • Competitive, comprehensive benefits package

Positions Location and Pay Range:

San Francisco or Los Angeles preferred but open to remote. The salary range for this position is $83,720 – $106,080 and reflects San Francisco and Los Angeles based positions. The range will be adjusted according to candidate’s location.

COVID Vaccine Requirement

Despite California’s movement towards herd immunity, low case rates, etc., the COVID-19 pandemic still exists at large. We have a responsibility to provide working conditions that mitigate any direct threat to the health and safety of our employees and others affiliated with REDF and the broader community. REDF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for accommodation through the Director of HR by emailing (please include “Accommodation Request, Capacity Building Senior Associate” in the subject line). Our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy will adapt as we continue to review our obligations under Federal, state, and local laws.

Join Us!

Please submit your resume and cover letter via REDF’s applicant portal. A personalized cover letter is required; applications without one will not be considered.