Investment Director, Full-Time

Location: Austin, Texas or Sub-Saharan Africa, some telecommuting possible*

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

The David Weekley Family Foundation (DWFF) invests time, treasure, and talent in organizations that promote human flourishing. We support highly effective interventions in the far reaching corners of the world that tackle challenges of poverty with integrity, ingenuity, and scale.

Our role is to steward the resources entrusted to us by partnering with and serving those doing the hard, daily work of leading a nonprofit or social enterprise that profoundly impacts others. We simply cannot do our work without these partners, and our position is one of humility and honor in getting to walk alongside these partners. We are high touch funders, aiming to work closely with our portfolio organizations to be as helpful as possible providing the capital, capacity, and care necessary for them to thrive.

We are a small, entrepreneurial team with the energy and expectations of a larger, high functioning organization. We work fast and anticipate excellence because the people we serve deserve our very best.

Job Summary

The Investment Director provides strategic leadership to DWFF’s international portfolio, which is focused on alleviating global poverty. In this role, you’ll be responsible for helping build, maintain, and accelerate a growing international portfolio that supports high-growth, high-impact nonprofits and social enterprises. Each investment Director will be responsible for a portfolio of 30-40+ grants or investments, representing a sizable portion of DWFF’s current $10M international portfolio (growing to $20M by end of 2023). Most of DWFF’s investments are in the form of grants, but we also very occasionally do debt and equity financing.

For further information on DWFF’s giving philosophy, please review: https://dwff.org/

Compelling candidates will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Self-starter and self-motivated. Working without support staff and with limited colleagues, this person will need to be able to manage himself or herself.

  • Inquiring, curious, critical thinker with positive, “can do” attitude.

  • Intellectual horsepower. Must process information quickly; marshal evidence to sustain a logical argument; evaluate data that’s sometimes conflicting, incomplete, or unreliable.

  • Shrewd and savvy. Know how to facilitate conversations; identify and solve bottlenecks to achieve desired outcomes; interpret and anticipate the needs of others.

  • Excellent communication and writing skills with an ability to communicate confidently both within the Foundation and externally

  • Demonstrate sound judgment and always strive to “do the right thing”

  • High level of maturity and high level of professional etiquette including discretion regarding sensitive information.

  • The ideal candidate needs to possess a positive and resourceful nature and be comfortable with ambiguity, as everyday will present new challenges.

Responsibilities:

  • Guiding and managing an existing portfolio of international grants and impact investments, regularly reviewing their financial and social progress.

  • Identify new investment opportunities. Bring them through a due diligence process, resulting in a recommendation on funding.

  • With cooperation from nonprofit partner, establish measurable milestones to define success. Upon entrance into the portfolio, maintain communication with grant partners and, where appropriate, help them achieve their impact goals.

  • Follow and understand key trends and insights within the Foundation’s focus areas.

  • Maintain and fruitfully engage with peers in philanthropy and experts in relevant subjects.

  • Communication. Submit weekly reports by email to the foundation’s trustees, documenting activities, insights, and future plans.

  • Write new (and renewal) grant and impact investment recommendations throughout the year. Create annual dashboard.

  • Provide advice and assistance to grant partners in their strategic planning, execution of growth plans, organizational development… whatever it takes for the partner to succeed.

  • Deliver unique, valuable, timely help.

Expectations:

  • Travel. Make site visits to prospective grant partners and current portfolio organizations. Attend relevant conferences. Expect to travel 20% to 30% of the time, with 2-3 international trips per year.

  • Program. Fill the portfolio with high-impact grant partners and impact investments. Cull the underperformers. Leverage the foundation’s resources to maximize impact. Serve partners with humility and excellence.

Qualifications:

  • 8-12 years of relevant experience, including some relationship management;

  • MBA or advanced degree in a relevant field preferred;

  • High degree of comfort and competency with data analysis, information synthesis, and project management – often with imperfect or incomplete information;

  • International experience and cross-cultural fluency highly desired. Must juggle multiple projects simultaneously, with immediate and long-term deadlines.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ideal candidate is an “inbox zero” person

  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Powerpoint, and Salesforce

Extra Credit

  • Experience starting or running a social enterprise;

  • Sector-specific experience in one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas

To apply, submit the following to apply@dwf.foundation

  • Resume and brief statement on why this role is a fit;

  • Nomination note from a non-peer nominator endorsing your candidacy. Potential nominators include professional supervisor, professor, advisor, etc. who has worked closely enough with you that they can speak to your qualification for this position.