Sr. Specialist, Global Investors

Category: Full-time
Reports to: Sr. Manager, Global Investors
Location: Kansas City, MO or San Francisco, CA
Effective: April 18, 2019

About Water.org

844 million people – about one in nine – lack access to safe water. 2.3 billion people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a bright future that we can all share in, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future. 


Summary 

The Global Investor team at Water.org enables and enhances the organization’s transaction-based engagement with concessionary and commercial global financial institutions, such as global banks, impact investors, multilateral development financial institutions, bilateral development institutions, and national banks, as well as the institution’s respective enabling counterparts. Through dynamic partnership management, the Global Investors team will connect increasing volumes of domestic and global financial capital to institutions reaching those living at the bottom of the pyramid with water and sanitation services, and ultimately yield higher degrees of impact driven by Water.org.

The Sr. Specialist, Global Investors within the Global Investor team is primarily responsible for supporting the execution of the Global Investor strategic goals through developing and managing information sources pertaining to capital investment sources and destination opportunities, working with Country and Regional teams at a tactical level, and representing the Global Investor team on cross-functional initiatives. The Sr. Specialist is also responsible for facilitating cross-functional information and alignment to ensure Water.org’s technical teams are informed, aligned strategically and effectively integrated for optimal tactical execution in the field. This is an integral role for the Global Investors team at the early stage growth of this practice area and will work alongside the Sr. Manager to develop a pipeline of partners within the capital investment transaction space in an effort to advance Water.org’s strategic plan. 

The Sr. Specialist, Global Investors role may be based in Kansas City, MO or San Francisco, CA.

Key responsibilities

Content Creation & Knowledge Management (35%)

  • Help develop and manage information resources and content coming in from implementing partnerships; as well as key takeaways on upstream initiatives.
  • Develop resource materials for external investor audiences
  • Develop content pertaining to building Water.org capacity to engage global investors
  • Identify and document Global Investor best practices and approaches for advancing investment opportunities.
  • Gather and/or develop and maintain collateral for Water.org’s models, value proposition documents, scale strategy, and evidence base related to transactional partnerships. 

Global Investors Strategy Support (35%)

  • Generate and assist in packaging potential deal opportunities for Global Investors practice lead
  • Support Global Investor lead in conducting financial analysis, structuring, etc. as required
  • Support tracking/reporting conducted by the I&I team and by Finance as required
  • Support the Sr. Manager, Global Investors in the identification, cultivation, and management of a strategic, high-impact portfolio of potential external investors within the capital investment transaction space.
  • Represent the Global Investor teams on internal task forces and cross-departmental projects as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Sr. Manager, Global Investors and the Insights & Innovations tram to manage impact metrics related to capital transactions and content for evidence base generation and dissemination.

Tactical Practice-Area Support (30%)

  • Provide support at a more tactical level with the Country and Regional teams to source information and insights (Lead = strategic level)
  • Work with Country and Regional teams to understand contextual information on what their needs are and how investors can play a role in this; may evolve to include Partners.
  • Work with the Country and Regional teams to obtain and share data related to potential capital-based partnerships.
  • Gather feedback from country associates and practice teams pertaining to specific opportunities for WSS investment within and potentially outside of Water.org's implementing network
  • Analyze and synthesize trends among different types of potential investors. Share information across Global Impact department and with other departments as needed
  • As needed, represent the Water.org Global Investor team at partnership and sector meetings to continue facilitating partnership management and provide technical and field knowledge.

Management responsibility 

  • Individual contributor with no subordinates.

This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Some duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Scope data  

  • Create new and enhance existing content of development finance institutions and private sector global investments.
  • Produce suite of materials and collateral for use by Global Impact teams.
  • Actively manage impact reporting and financial management reporting. 
  • Manage multiple projects and processes for Global Investors practice.

Skills and competencies 

  • Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when taking new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Self-development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using other formal and informal development channels.
  • Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Manages Ambiguity - Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Financial Stewardship - Demonstrates fiscally responsible decision making as applicable to one’s role.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in an industry relevant field is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • 6+ years of previous professional experience working within the private, public, or non-profit sector in an operational or program capacity.
  • 6+ years of previous professional experience in financial services sector, development finance, or a related field.
  • Well-developed project and database management skill.
  • Experience working across diverse, disperse set of teams operating in different locations.
  • Strong communication, learning development, presentation, organization, and design skills
  • Financial analysis and/or impact monitoring/ evaluation/ learning/ dissemination skills are preferred.
  • Existing relationships among leading players in development and global private sector finance a plus. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and multitask in a fast-paced start-up environment. Comfortable taking ownership of projects and showcasing key accomplishments.
  • Demonstrated penchant for strategic and analytic thinking.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to present effectively across multiple levels in an organization, in multiple formats.

Travel requirement

  • Up to 20% of domestic and global travel. 

Salary and benefits 

This position offers full-time benefits, including medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program and periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement. 

Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law.  We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job.