REDF is a venture philanthropy organization that invests exclusively in the growth and effectiveness of social enterprises?double bottom-line businesses dedicated to helping people who otherwise would be shut out of the workforce, get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. Since 1997, REDF has provided funding and specialized advisory services to over 177 social enterprises in 26 states, employing 36,000 people and generating $720 Million in earned revenue to help them and the people they employ, succeed, and make spending for government programs go further. Now REDF is expanding the impact of its work nationally, building the field of social enterprise, deepening the evidence base to demonstrate the return on investment, and partnering with some of the most effective and innovative social enterprises around the country to strengthen their business, scale their impact, and help tens of thousands more people transform their lives and futures.
Position Description - Portfolio Manager
Under the supervision of the Portfolio Director, you will act as REDF’s relationship manager with a variety of social enterprises across REDF’s programs and serve as a lead advisor on assessment of new investment opportunities. You will interact with an assigned portfolio of 3-6 social enterprises with the intent of helping each social enterprise achieve its long-term goals critical for both mission and business success. You will provide your portfolio with advisory services to achieve the social enterprises’ objectives and also lead annual and ongoing grantmaking activities to the portfolio organizations, including budgeting, financial reporting and monitoring, and goal setting. In this position, you are a vital component of overall portfolio management and learning, REDF’s overall strategic development, and knowledge development through creation of content, tools, and presentations.
Relationship Management and Advisory Services
Advise and problem solve with social enterprises to help them achieve their mission and business potential; provide clear feedback, insights and conclusions
Influence social enterprises in setting goals for both mission and business objectives and hold them accountable for progress against goals
Clearly identify, set the scope, and help deliver high quality business and programmatic technical assistance projects for REDF social enterprises; guiding your clients to achieve their goals (including feasibility analyses, market analyses, operational and financial planning, business planning, etc.)
Provide general relationship management including: acting as primary point person and liaison between REDF and your assigned portfolio partners, build trusting relationships with senior leadership, lead monthly meetings, and ensure appropriate and timely budgeting and accounting
Portfolio and Partnerships Strategy
Assess regional social enterprise funding and technical assistance needs
Assist in identifying and defining local partnership opportunities for social enterprises to engage employers, public sector, non-profits, and philanthropy.
Assist in the development and execution of REDF’s portfolio strategy and goals
Provide analysis of portfolio organizations’ performance for REDF senior leadership and Board
Conduct select research projects (as appropriate) in support of overall REDF portfolio development
Conduct due diligence on new investment opportunities on behalf of REDF or its potential funding partners, including review of proposal, financial testing, and market analysis
Provide guidance and technical assistance to organizations seeking investments to strengthen their expansion plans, improve financial projections, refine program model, and revise written proposals/ growth plans
Advise REDF and its potential funding partners on the strengths, risks, and social impact of various investment opportunities, including recommendations on the type and amount of capital needed as well as other support or technical assistance needed to strengthen the chance of success
Farber Interns Program
Participate in Farber Intern selection process by representing REDF at recruiting events, interviewing prospective candidates, and by participating in the selection committee
Identify and scope appropriate summer Farber Internship projects
Supervise and coach Farber Interns as appropriate, including providing REDF tools/frameworks and guidance
Social Enterprise Field Advancement
Codify portfolio work and lessons-learned into tools or other content that can be used by philanthropy or social enterprise practitioners in partnerships, Accelerator, or on REDF knowledge channels including REDFWorkshop
Provide information and referrals to targeted portfolio and non-portfolio practitioners
Provide presentations, lead or participate in conferences, workshops and online discussions that make strategic contributions to social enterprises, nonprofits, and philanthropists
Collaborate and assist with other teams at REDF as necessary, including development and fundraising, finance, and marketing and communications
Minimum of five years of experience in a related field
MBA (preferred; other graduate degrees or commensurate experience will be considered)
Comfort with ambiguous situations, being flexible, and working independently; enthusiasm for building new programs
Desire to utilize problem-solving skills to help social enterprises overcome challenges
Strong analytical skills; ability to independently set up and execute appropriate analyses for portfolio projects, draw conclusions, and make concrete, actionable recommendations based on data and analysis
Experience in the following: businesses in multiple industries, advisory services, or grantmaking
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, tact and patience
Ability to work with people with a range of cultural backgrounds, skill levels and experience
Exceptional Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel skills
Ability to travel up to 30% of the time
Experience working with small businesses
Experience working with nonprofit agencies and nonprofit-run businesses
Experience with job training and job creation programs employing disadvantaged people
Ability to help craft REDF’s next 20 years of impact
Work with passionate, dedicated people
Apply your passion for social change in your career
Operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Competitive, comprehensive benefits package
Please submit your resume and cover letter via REDF’s applicant portal.
REDF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with staff members and prospective employees, and will not discriminate against applicants for employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. REDF encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities REDF serves. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, REDF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a pioneering venture philanthropy galvanizing a national movement of social enterprises—purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. For people with histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and young people who are not in school or working, social enterprises provide the paying jobs and services they need to stabilize their lives, develop a work history, and build skills and con?dence. When employees are ready, social enterprises help them ?nd lasting, competitive employment.
Research shows this approach works. It leads to greater economic security and mobility and a signi?cant rate of return to society—$2.23 in bene?ts for every $1 spent.
Since 1997, REDF has invested in 168 social enterprises in 26 states. To date, those businesses have earned over $650+ million in revenue and employed over 33,000+ people (and counting).
REDF is dedicated to transforming lives, one job at a time. We are an investment that works.
For more information, follow REDF @REDFworks or visit www.redf.org.