Organization: Impact Capital Managers
Location: Washington, DC/New York, NY
Date Posted: 11/02/2023
Senior Manager, Communications & Policy
The Senior Manager, Communications & Policy will be responsible for developing and executing an effective communications and policy strategy for the growing Impact Capital Managers network, in support of our mission to advance the performance of our members and to scale the impact investing marketplace with integrity and authenticity. The successful candidate will skillfully cultivate and steward relationships with our members and with ICM stakeholders including – but not limited to – investors, policymakers, peer networks and organizations, journalists and media, and academic leaders. Another key aspect of this role will be connecting the dots between ICM’s various workstreams and the most pressing issues facing the impact investing industry, in addition to strengthening the overall case for market-rate impact investing in the private markets.
This is an exciting role that will be based on ICM’s needs but also the successful candidate’s interests and unique superpowers. We have a small team, so this individual will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about every aspect of our operations, build a valuable network, and shape the role and organization. This position will report to the Executive Director.
Communications Strategy and Media Relations:
Develop an organizational communications strategy to amplify ICM’s mission, body of work, and reputation among stakeholders, drawing on aggregated data as well as discrete stories, case studies, and compelling examples from across ICM’s 100+ member funds.
Lead the execution of the communications strategy across all channels – social, email, print, etc.
Manage relationships with external firms or contractors to support ICM’s communications strategy, as appropriate.
Identify speaking and editorial opportunities, and develop content, speakers, and agendas to advance ICM’s mission and brand.
Oversee media training for ICM staff, board, and members, working with external consultants as appropriate.
Steward relationships with partners, journalists, and academic and industry leaders; develop and maintain a database of media and press contacts.
Vet and respond to media opportunities.
Policy Strategy Development:
With the Executive Director, design ICM’s overarching policy and advocacy strategy within the context of the evolving ESG and impact investing landscape and strategies together to further reinforce the organization’s messaging and profile.
Lead the ICM member affinity group focused on policy; manage engagement with ICM’s preferred legal partners.
Track legislative, compliance, disclosure, and regulatory developments (e.g. SEC, DOL, SFDR) that may affect ICM and its members; craft and submit public comment letters, when indicated.
Respond to member queries on policy-related matters; organize network content as appropriate, including in-person convenings, webinars, and member portal resources.
Cultivate and steward relationships with policy counterparts at peer organizations and networks.
Represent ICM’s point of view and our policy perspective(s) with confidence, judgment, poise, and discretion in all public and private settings.
Management & Leadership:
In partnership with the Executive Director, manage cross-functional projects in ICM focus areas, including policy, advocacy, impact fund investment regulation, and compliance.
Work closely with the Associate Director, Research & IMM and the Manager, Strategy & Development on the development and dissemination of ICM’s annual report.
With the Associate Director of IMM and Research, determine and develop effective strategies (content, channels, audiences) for amplification of ICM’s research and impact management initiatives, as appropriate.
Manage ICM analysts and fellows to successfully execute communications and policy initiatives.
Work with the LP Advisory Council on thought leadership and advocacy-related initiatives.
Identify new sources of collaboration for field-building work; write grant proposals and reports.
The Impact Capital Managers (ICM) mission is to accelerate the performance of our members and to scale the impact investing marketplace with integrity and authenticity. We do this through our membership association, which today includes 100+ funds representing more than $90B in impact-focused private capital, and through field-building initiatives and partnerships. The ICM network of peers is engaged and collaborative by nature. As part of our commitment to grow the marketplace with integrity, members must meet certain criteria, and admission is by invitation only. At ICM, we:
Connect our members to one another, to impact investment opportunities, and to stakeholders in the broader investing ecosystem.
Identify and share best practices in areas directly relevant to fund performance, such as impact management.
Advocate for our members and the field through education, thought leadership, and independent research.
Cultivate a skilled, diverse impact investor workforce through talent and professional development programs and partnerships, e.g. the Mosaic Fellowship.
Strive to apply our operating principles – Rigor and Excellence, Candor and Curiosity, and Diversity and Inclusion – to all aspects of our work.
You have 6+ years of employment experience preferably in a strategic communications, policy, financial media/journalism, or public affairs role.
You have demonstrated knowledge of impact and/or ESG investing, and can identify the key issues facing stakeholders in both industries; knowledge of policy landscape preferred.
You love to perfect the communications triple-win: an effective message, delivered the right way, to reach the right audience.
You are comfortable working with confidential information, earning the trust of senior leadership.
You have a strong feel for both corporate business media and broader popular and social media.
You can write effective content including but not limited to press releases, press pitches, and op-eds.
You are excited about companies that create positive impact, and the ways investors can support them.
You thrive in a small team and start-up environment – you like building things; and
You have a strong work ethic and strive for excellence but you also take time to celebrate success, care for yourself and others, and learn from setbacks; it’s all part of the journey.
Benefits & Compensation
At Impact Capital Managers, you will gain broad exposure to impact investing and direct, unparalleled experience with leaders in private equity, venture capital, debt, and real estate who are deeply committed to both impact and financial return. You will also build skills in operations and management.
Impact Capital Managers occupies an office off Bryant Park in Manhattan. We operate on a hybrid office model (~2-3 days/week in the office), with some flexibility to work remotely as needed. ICM offers comprehensive health benefits, a flexible PTO policy, 401k with up to 4.5% employer match, and a competitive paid family leave policy. Note, some domestic travel (20%) will be required for this role. The approximate salary range for this role is $90,000 – $110,000, commensurate with experience, with an annual performance-based bonus.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide visa sponsorship at this time. All applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Application Instructions and Deadline
Please apply by sending the following materials to email@example.com with “ICM Senior Manager, Communications & Policy” in the subject line. Please attach all documents as separate PDFs. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
A brief cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications.
A relevant work sample (for example a policy memo, op-ed, or marketing collateral).
At ICM we are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from individuals who identify with groups historically underrepresented in finance and investing. We value diversity in our organization; we believe diverse teams help us work smarter and we actively hire for cultural growth. We welcome people of all ages, stories, and backgrounds. We provide everyone with equal access to professional development.