Jobs

Open Positions

RSF Social Finance is not currently hiring for any open staff positions. Please note that RSF does not accept unsolicited resumes or applications that are not in response to a specific job announcement.

We invite you to visit the websites of our partner organizations listed on our Building the Field page, as they may have open positions in which you may be interested.

Fellowships and Internships

In the spirit of building the field of social finance, RSF Social Finance offers fellowship and internship programs each year open to talented college students and recent graduates.

Social Impact Fellowship

RSF seeks exceptional, analytical, and entrepreneurial Social Impact Fellows to serve in an eight month Fellowship role. Open to graduate students and professionals within the US and Canada who are seeking a career in social finance, Social Impact Fellows identify, vet, and pitch promising social impact businesses and organizations to RSF for financing (senior-secured debt.) The Fellow is responsible for scanning and understanding the local, regional, and national landscape for high potential innovations, trends, and movements within RSF’s focus areas that emphasize the creation of social value and impact; sourcing for-profit and non-profit social enterprises that exhibit both financial sustainability and significant social impact; conducting preliminary due diligence including financial analysis and underwriting on live deals within RSF’s pipeline; and presenting the business case for investment to senior staff at RSF. Successful Fellows will gain a reputation for his/her strategic ability to spot and qualify ground-breaking and pioneering approaches to solving pressing social problems through business.

This fellowship requires a 5 hours per week commitment through June 1, 2015.

Responsibilities

Business Development and Due Diligence (60%)
  • Source and select social enterprises within RSF’s focus areas to refer to the lending team.
  • Perform first-line due diligence on your social enterprise referrals.
  • Prepare basic financial picture and summary background using published and public sources.
  • Present the business case for investment in your referral to senior staff at RSF.
  • Provide support to the lending team by performing financial analysis, due diligence and underwriting for live deals.
Landscape Perspective (30%)
  • Educate yourself on promising local, regional and national trends in social innovation.
  • Become an expert on the opportunities and trends within at least one of RSF’s focus areas.
  • Attend events and participate in activities that strengthen your landscape view and that provide connection to emerging and established social entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • Participate in RSF credit and business development training with other Fellows (including an expenses-paid training at RSF offices in San Francisco).
  • Cultivate relationships with key professors and local thought leaders who can inform and update your landscape view and expand connections to enterprise owners with promising social impact results.
Field Building (10%)
(After completion of one successful semester as a Fellow)
  • If desired, host event for the local social enterprise and/or campus community to educate and inform the field about social impact investing. RSF to provide speaker(s), if possible.
  • Attend conferences in your region as a representative of the field of social finance.

Qualifications, Skills and Traits

  • Must be currently enrolled in a relevant graduate school program OR related work field (Business, Education, Environmental Sciences, Social Work, Non-Profit Management, Agriculture, Finance, Philanthropy, etc.).
  • Previous experience with banking, finance, and/or sales/business development is desirable, particularly if not enrolled in an MBA program.
  • Proven evidence of entrepreneurial ability and mindset. Self-directed and creative.
  • Passion for social finance and its potential to change how the world works with money.
  • Industry experience and contacts in key investment areas (Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, Ecological Stewardship, and services for the developmentally disabled) highly desired.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Team player with desire to work hard and to produce results.
  • Time and commitment to fulfill requirements of fellowship, including training in San Francisco.

Compensation and Benefits
This is not a paid position. We offer:

  • Hands-on, practical training in social finance.
  • Opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of RSF’s Lending Team.
  • Priority consideration for (paid) summer internships at RSF.
  • Connection to a network of Fellows from across the US and Canada.
  • With exceptional performance, personal referral and reference from RSF for positions in the highly competitive social finance field.

To apply:
This will be a highly competitive process, with only five positions available. The fellowship has a weekly time commitment and occasional travel (regional) to attend conferences or meet with prospective borrowers. Upon acceptance into the fellowship, RSF will host a training for all Fellows at its San Francisco office October 12-14 (expenses to be covered by RSF).

To apply, please complete the Fellowship Application and submit via email to fellowship@rsfsocialfinance.org as soon as possible, but no later than September 18, 2014.

Click here to download Fellowship description

Internships

Internship positions are typically available during the summer term of each year, in which Intern(s) work closely with one or more departments within RSF. Exact duties and qualifications for the position(s) vary from year to year. Internships are paid, and require an on-site commitment of 10-12 weeks over the summer. Internships are typically announced by March 1st of each year, with an application deadline of mid-to-late March. Unfortunately, RSF is unable to offer an internship program for Summer 2014. Graduate students should consider applying for the Social Impact Fellows program for the 2014-15 school year.

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