Associate, Resilience Finance

Location: New York, NY

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

100 Resilient Cities, Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is a new organization dedicated to helping cities be better prepared for and quickly rebound from 21st century shocks and stresses. Selected from an international competition, 100 Resilient Cities works with 100 member cities for whom it plans to provide four kinds of value: 1) Financial and other support for cities to appoint and empower a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO); 2) Support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3) Management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities who are pioneering a field of resilience practice in local government; and 4) Connections to solutions, service providers, and other partners who can help cities implement their resilience strategies. 100RC seeks to increase awareness of the importance of resilience thinking, to catalyze a new community of urban resilience professionals, and to spur the growth of a robust ecosystem of resilience-focused solutions and solution providers.

ABOUT THE ROLE

100 Resilient Cities is looking for an Resilience Finance Associate to serve in the newly created Resilience Finance Team based in New York, NY. The Resilience Finance Team is part of the City Solutions Team and is focused on five core functions: (i) financial sector related partnership management and solution development, (ii) providing 100RC member cities with finance-related transaction support and development, (iii) delivering on a financial market influence strategy, (iv) 100RC revenue generation from finance related activities, and (v) knowledge management and dissemination for financial solutions.

 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Head of Resilience Finance and the Resilience Finance Team to develop a financial market influence and partnership development strategy. 
  • Collaborate with the Resilience Finance team to identify the critical tools and solutions that either exist or need to be created to address the needs of member cities.
  • Associate will research and assemble information on potential partner candidates, hold introductory calls with new partner candidates to explain the partnership development framework and process, assist in vetting of candidates, update Salesforce CRM database and conduct partner on-boarding for selected candidates
  • Assist in managing finance related partnerships, including satisfactory completion and processing of documents, facilitating check-in calls, meetings, team webinars, and technical sessions; tracking Partner engagements; follow-up on engagement evaluations; and capturing of lessons learned and project impact
  • As needed, provide project management support around the development and delivery of finance related tools and research projects
  • Serve as a liaison between the City Solutions Operations Team and Resilience Finance to implement operational procedures
  • Participate in the identification and development of potential revenue generation opportunities that will ultimately enable 100RC to stand as a financially independent entity
  • Participate in the identification of potential subject matter experts to facilitate the implementation of financial solutions across the global portfolio of 100RC member cities
  • Collaborate with 100RC Global Delivery Team to ensure resilience finance solutions and knowledge are being appropriately leveraged by member cities in effective and meaningful manner that advances their resilience strategies
  • Participate in 100 Resilient Cities’ learning process and knowledge management, along with other members of the organization
  • Develop presentations and reports that explain financial concepts, ideas, guidance and opportunities to 100RC, member cities, partners and potential funders

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or economics and at least 2-3 years of work experience in a finance related field (i.e. – development finance institution, investment banking, management consulting, investing, etc.)
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills that include prior experience with developing financial models
  • Fluency and understanding of the financial challenges and funding gaps across the global landscape for urban resilience projects, and seek to identify and advocate for improvements to market behavior that better support resilience projects, including the piloting of new funding models.
  • Experienced in developing financial models, creating PowerPoint presentations and performing data analysis for decision making.
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to skillfully use software, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint (knowledge of Access would be an asset) to produce outputs
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, prioritize, and execute in the face of competing demands
  • Strong ability to drive progress, have vision, promote innovation, and display ownership under ambiguous and dynamic conditions
  • Excellent communications and writing skills and confidence to engage with stakeholders around the world
  • Effectively collaborate with and across teams, seeks and provides constructive feedback
  • Interest in and commitment to urban and/or resilience issues
  • Foreign language proficiency in Spanish or Portugese preferred but not required.

Location: New York, NY

100 Resilient Cities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

100 Resilient Cities is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, 100 Resilient Cities ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

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