Associate, Advisory Services

Arabella Advisors
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 12

Position description

You are mission driven and action oriented. You love to get involved, and work as part of a team to accomplish something great. Any job is your job if it helps the team succeed, and you thrive on variety. Today, you’re looking for a role where you can use those traits to make a real difference in the world by advancing the most important social issues facing humanity today.


If that sounds like you, Arabella Advisors can’t wait to meet you.


Associates play an essential role in supporting delivery of excellent client service – including: research and analysis, communications and deliverable development, program management, and project support, including logistics coordination and administration – as well as internal projects. Associates will work on a portfolio of strategy, grants management, program management, and evaluation projects across multiple issue areas.


Essential Responsibilities

Client Service (~80-90%)

Project Support:

  • Support the regular administrative needs of a portfolio of client projects, including frequent email communication with internal and external stakeholders using Outlook, scheduling interviews, meetings, webinars, and focus groups, note-taking for internal and client meetings, knowledge management in SharePoint, and project administration in Arabella’s Salesforce interface, Manifest
  • Provide additional administrative support as necessary

Grant Making and Program Management:

  • Support the implementation of grant application processes and communications to applicants 
  • Conduct review and analysis of grant applications and potential grantee organizations on behalf of funders
  • Contribute to designing and executing strategic programs and initiatives, including grantee learning networks, newly created organizations, and donor collaboratives
  • Contribute to meeting and conference planning on behalf of clients, including agenda development, speaker preparation, and participant management

Research and Analysis:

  • Conduct, compile, and maintain background research for client projects (e.g. global health issues, education reform, etc.)
  • Transcribe, synthesize, and analyze notes from interviews with subject matter experts, identifying key takeaways and communicating those to team members
  • Support survey administration, data management, and analysis
  • Conduct qualitative data analysis and quantitative data analysis using Excel, SPSS or other relevant tools, as necessary

Communications & Deliverable Development:

  • Support the drafting, revising, and formatting of client reports, presentations, memos, and correspondence using email, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Produce visual representations of research findings, such as Excel charts, PowerPoint slide decks, and infographics


Internal Projects (~10-20%)

  • Internal Strategy & Team Objectives: Contribute to team- or firm-wide strategic initiatives
  • Training and Professional Development: Participate in ongoing training throughout the year and contribute to trainings to support new colleagues
  • Support firm-wide internal projects


To be successful in this role you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • At minimum of two years of work experience
  • A strong interest in the field of philanthropy
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and in a timely and proactive manner
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Program and event management experience
  • Team-oriented, professional, with a positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to be resourceful and adapt quickly to change
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint


Our Core Competencies:

  • Ability to provide excellent, including the ability to efficiently and independently address routine service matters, to suggest effective client-centered solutions when elevating challenges or concerns, and to understand how the team can operate to maintain high-quality service
  • The ability to complete complex tasks, to use a work plan to undertake projects, and to understand how those projects impact the client, team, and/or firm’s objectives
  • The ability to understand stakeholders’ perspectives and circumstances, and to build and manage strong relationships that reflect that understanding
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, including the ability to adapt style, tone, and content to various audiences; to make technical information accessible to broader audiences; and to collaborate with others to produce strong written deliverables
  • The ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including knowing when and how to compromise, being willing to proactively help colleagues, and sharing knowledge in various mediums
  • An enthusiasm for taking on stretch and development opportunities, including the ability to accept feedback and use it to improve performance
  • The ability to take ownership and be creative and solutions-oriented when encountering challenges that don’t have obvious answers, including knowing when to elevate challenges along with possible solutions

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