About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is a premier institution for management education. Founded in 1908 and based just outside of Chicago, Kellogg is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and the best and brightest MBA students from around the world.
Oversees a major division/department-wide program or project. Provides direction and thought leadership to develop strategic administrative initiatives that meet the mission/objective of the program/project. Oversees the effective, compliant, & efficient daily management of all operational, financial, & business functions in support of the program/project & in coordination with central offices such as HR, Budget, Facilities, IT, & Provost. Represents program/project on internal & external business affairs & is viewed as an expert resource regarding program/project administrative affairs.
This position may need to attend occasional after-hour events
About the Position
As part of the Kellogg Public-Private Initiative (KPPI), the school has integrated all Social Impact curricula, student engagement, clubs, competitions, conferences, awards, and research activities into one program. The Senior Manager, Social Impact reports to the Director of the Social Impact Program within KPPI, and will be responsible for coordinating major elements of Kellogg's Social Impact activities to help build a cohesive program and solidify Kellogg's role as a thought leader in the space. The Senior Manager, Social Impact will oversee all aspects of social impact award funding and scholarship programs to students and faculty (this includes complete leadership of the awards process, vetting of candidates and awarding of over $300,000 per year in award and loan assistance funds); be a key contact person for student engagement (this includes direct coaching of students with regard to social impact career paths, providing guidance to students regarding course choices, and advising student social entrepreneurs about their ventures); build on and coordinate the Sustainable Investing Challenge, continuing to grow it from a two-day event into a platform (this involves the Manager partnering directly with the Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing and working with Kellogg faculty and Morgan Stanley executives on the content, judging and planning for the event as well as acting as the liaison with each additional corporate sponsor and judge.
The Manager works directly to engage and guide two dozen final round judges each year including the CEOs of firms including TriLink Global, Generation, MicroVest, Impaxx, and Orrick as well as senior executives from Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, JP Morgan, AXA, World Bank, and more); build and manage a sustainable Youn Impact Scholars program including acting as the primary contact for over 50 Kellogg Alumni on a regular basis; and work with the Director to develop partnerships with key community stakeholders, create new programs that elevate Kellogg's reputation in this space including acting as the point person and main point of contact for the new Impact and Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium which involves the Manager leading the work of this group’s steering committee including senior faculty from Kellogg, HBS, Haas, Cornell and Maastrict as well as managing and guiding the creation of content and programming for this group, including managing and curating a library of syllabi, cases and research as well as working directly to secure and guide guest speakers from firms including Morningstar, Prudential and UBS plus supporting the work and collaborations of over 100 faculty members from around the world. The Manager additionally leads the granting of small research grants to faculty from around the world for their collaborative projects and partners directly and stewards the relationship with the Rockefeller Foundation, and work with students, staff, and faculty to create social impact engagement opportunities in and outside the classroom including management of speakers, alumni programming and support and direct engagement and stewardship of major donors including the Combe family, Larry Levy and more.
Social Impact Administration
1. Ensure quality and complete day-to-day operations of the Social Impact program in an efficient and effective manner.
Operationalize goals and objectives; ensure that resources to accomplish the Social Impact mission are created or obtained.
Complete and quality check data analysis. Recommend and implement improvements to better ensure attainment of Social Impact mission.
Manage logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc. as required. Utilize KPPI shared staff to optimize execution.
Oversee documentation of agreements between Social Impact, KPPI, and partner institution, ensuring that agreements are complete and reviewed by all necessary parties.
2.Young Impact Scholars program administration
In consultation with the Director, conduct outreach to pool of potential applicants, building awareness of the Scholar selection process.
Work with the Director and other advisers, to review, recommend, select, and notify new class of student and alumni Impact Scholars annually.
Consult with Scholar cohort to create appropriate content, plan, and host biannual scholar convening at Kellogg, enabling community-building engagement opportunities for the Scholars in keeping with the intent of the endowment.
Facilitate communication and engagement across the Scholar cohort between the biannual convening; and ensure major donor is informed and engaged.
Budgets and Financial
3. Social Impact Funding Programs
Ensure that the program utilizes all funds appropriately by creating budgets and approving expenses. Ensuring too that donors are kept informed, that students and others meet requirements for reporting and spending, and that the program meets associated revenue and expense goals.
Oversee administration and award of several social impact endowments and funds, including conducting a systematic, informed, and transparent review of student applications, monitoring budgets, and reporting back to donors.
Work with other KPPI team members, Advancement, Kellogg Finance and NU Finance to elevate awareness of the awards and the associated projects.
Monitor budget progress and grant usage, communicating updates frequently to the Director.
These awards include, but are not limited to:
Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Award (KSEA): $70K project award to student social entrepreneurs to launch ventures
Project Impact Rolling Funding Awards: Project awards to students to engage in social impact leaning experiences and/or pilot ideas
Nonprofit summer internship stipends
Loan assistance programs, including the new $60K Kellogg Social Entrepreneur Loan Assistance Award and Kellogg Social Impact Loan Assistance Award ($40K)
The new Rockefeller-funded Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium collaboration grants
Collaborative Programming, Thought Leadership, Communications
4. Build and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to increase program profile, reputation, visibility and support.
Create plan to drive awareness of Social Impact program in appropriate markets.
Partner with academia and other for-profit and non-profit organizations to innovate and enhance program.
Actively obtain market intelligence by monitoring program peers/competitors and share information with appropriate internal groups.
Build relationships with appropriate communities and organizations that will result in program enhancement.
Oversee marketing of new and current programs, serving as a project manager for marketing activities and collaborating with Kellogg Marketing and Communications teams.
5. Sustainable Investing Challenge (SIC)
Lead and manage sponsored Sustainable Investing Challenge, an externally-facing event developed by Kellogg to engage students and leaders from around the world in creating financial instruments that impact global social challenges. Manage communications and engagement with stakeholders and partner institutions throughout the year.
Plan and execute this multi-phase event year-round, including hosting competition internationally. Curate and select competitor teams with an understanding of the impact investing space.
Cultivate and secure the external sponsors to support SIC through relationship building and networking with 1,700+ alumni and other non-Kellogg affiliated actors in the impact investing sector.
Lead and coordinate logistics for transportation and accommodation of student teams in Final Event hosting city, i.e., NYC, London and Hong Kong
Lead and coordinate the pre-event dinner for the Final Event judges.
Develop a 1-, 3- and 5-year strategic plan to turn SIC into a platform that makes a significant contribution to advancing the institutional impact investing sector.
6. Thought Leadership in Social Impact
Work closely with the Director, Social Impact and the Kellogg stakeholders to:
Develop a brand and messaging around this program;
Prepare content for the Social Impact website and social media platforms on an on-going basis;
Identify and execute on PR and marketing opportunities.
Curate and distribute thought leadership pieces on social impact topics, including impact investing, from Kellogg faculty and other sources.
Work alongside other KPPI managers to develop a system for identifying and tracking alumni and other key stakeholders interested in all areas of social impact.
7. Work closely with the Director, Social Impact, funders (i.e., The Rockefeller Foundation), faculty and steering committee to:
Build out Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium
Build out and manage online membership & grant seeking processes and platform
Curate & maintain syllabi, cases and other course-related materials
Create and coordinate reporting and thought leadership pieces around impact investing and sustainable finance
8.Oversee development and implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative and qualitative measurements that ensure that Social Impact program benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely and efficient manner. Continue to proactively promote, track and report implementation of strategy.
Manage evaluation processes within the Social Impact program, including the curriculum, programming, and website; recommend and implement changes for enhancement; monitor effectiveness through follow-up evaluation studies.
Assess programming and recommend changes that will innovate and invigorate program including cutting edge developments in Social Impact.
Internal Kellogg Events
Throughout the year, develop, plan and implement strategies, goals & approach for programs and events.
Oversee creation of events designed to implement program objectives.
Collaborate with internal/external partners to ensure that events are implemented and meet or exceed planned goals.
Social Impact Days
Organize 3-day event for incoming students interested in social impact
Work with KPPI team to develop agenda, market to students, coordinate logistics, identify and recruit speakers
11. Student Advising & Support
Creates department strategy for structure, process, and staff support of students.
Welcome and discuss options for engagement in Social Impact at Kellogg with prospective and current students (curricular and extra-curricular).
Provide expert guidance to students on the Social Impact curriculum pathway, including the foundation courses, the three depth tracks, and the experiential learning opportunities.
Counsel entering students on how to best utilize resources to match their career objectives.
Develop a more robust relationship with the Career Management Center and map internship and full-time opportunities for students and alumni in the social impact space.
Market, operate, and serve as liaison for various student competitions, including but not limited to MBA Impact Investing Network and Training program (MIINT competition), Map the System (Skoll Center for Entrepreneurship at Oxford) and HULT.
12. Club Liaison
Act as point of contact, mentor, and facilitator for Net Impact community (an umbrella organization covering multiple clubs) on events, alumni, programmatic, and career needs.
Attend club leadership board meetings and contribute to institutionalization of practices from year to year.
Conduct outreach to speakers and alumni on behalf of students as needed.
Collaborate with and at times provide direction to KPPI shared staff in order to execute all Social Impact faculty, student, and public activities.
Provide guidance, oversight of projects and task assignment to one FT team member on the Social Impact team
Perform other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
4 years program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Master's Degree from an accredited college or university.
Proven experience managing complex projects and events.
A proven track record of building and maintaining relationships with "high touch" external partners.
Experience in program and/or project management
Experience working with multiple and diverse stakeholders and groups
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Intellectual curiosity and passion for social impact and impact investing.
Highly organized and able to develop sustainable and replicable work processes.
Polished professional with solid presentation skills, effectively working across a range of stakeholders ranging from highly successful industry executives to research academics to the student population.
Strong and proven communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to communicate complex material to a wide range of stakeholders and experience levels including students, faculty, and business executives.
A self-starter with the ability to work independently, but fluidly able to integrate and work
Internal Number: 35463
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.