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Position: 
Investment Analyst, Private Markets
Location: 
Santa Monica, CA
Organization Name: 
Align Impact
Job Category: 

About Align Impact, LLC

Launched in 2014, Align serves as an independent and specialized impact advisor to families, foundations, institutional investors and financial advisors. Align creates customized impact strategies, provides investment management services, and guides philanthropic and charitable giving so its clients can increase the effectiveness and alignment of their grants and investments. Align’s customized impact portfolios aim to deliver the same risk and return as best-in-class globally diversified asset management strategies, all the while investing in companies and sectors that are aligned with a client’s values.
 

About the Position

The Investment Analyst will work in close collaboration with the Investment Research team to spearhead manager selection and direct investing efforts in the private markets. We are looking for a finance-savvy professional with a solid background in finance and investment analysis, as well as familiarity with how private markets operate in the United States and around the world. As we grow, we are building a team of self-starters and independent specialists who will develop deep expertise in their domain areas and take responsibility for service delivery to a diverse range of impact-focused investors.
 
The Investment Analyst’s role will include:
 
Sourcing and due diligence
  • Source opportunities for clients and investment mandates currently being served by the firm.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on impact investments in private markets (private equity, real assets, private debt).
  • Prepare diligence reports and presentation materials to be presented to decision-makers.
Investment management and reporting
  • Portfolio management and reporting (investment and impact) on private investments held in our funds-offunds and client portfolios.
  • Oversee operational aspects of setup and ongoing management of investment vehicles.
Thought leadership
  • Assist with knowledge development in different impact verticals in the private markets – authoring or collaborating on white papers, blog articles, or articles in industry publications.
  • Develop sector landscapes on different verticals, geographies and issue areas within the impact investing space.
Platform development
  • Assist with the development of our investor-agnostic platform of vetted investment opportunities.
  • Contribute to building investment strategies and portfolio models for specific clients, including assessing their current investments and recommending impact investment solution.

Required Qualifications

We believe the following skills, experience and attributes are necessary for a successful Investment Analyst candidate:
  • 3-5 years of experience working in direct investing and/or manager selection in the private markets. While impact investing experience will be a bonus, traditional diligence experience is welcome.
  • Experience working in emerging and frontier markets preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment independently.
  • Ability to multi-task and take ownership of processes and service delivery.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with investment analysis, financial accounting or corporate finance.
  • Demonstrated interest in impact investing.
  • Master’s degree in Finance, International Relations or related field; CFA or progress towards qualification preferred.
Finally, we believe that a successful candidate will embody and strongly believe our core values of:
  • Equality: We work passionately to serve individuals of great wealth and those that live at the base of the pyramid. We strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion across our staff and for those that ultimately benefit from our services.
  • Generosity and Humility: This spirit permits us to approach our work with genuine openness and allows us to be active listeners with our clients, colleagues and thought partners.
  • Excellence: We work hard and smart, hold ourselves to a high professional standard, and pride ourselves on our responsive follow through. Going above-and-beyond is the norm.
  • Teamwork: We know that we accomplish much more together than we could ever do alone. We trust our teammates, celebrate the wins together, and pick each other up when needed.
  • Leadership: We each take the initiative and proactively engage in making this a world class organization and catalyzing the impact investing ecosystem.
 

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, your CV and a writing sample to [email protected] with the Job Title as the subject of the e-mail. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
Align is completely committed to attracting a talented and diverse workforce, and to fostering an open, collaborative culture of inclusivity because we believe multiple perspectives lead to more informed investment and business decisions. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome people with diverse life experiences, fresh ideas and specialized subject-matter expertise Align will provide competitive compensation and a benefits package including base salary and annual incentive.

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