Offer: Acumen Fund Fellows Program, Young Professionals committed to solve the problems of poverty
The mission of the Acumen Fund Fellows Program is to build a corps of next generation social sector leaders. Fellows combine operational and financial skills with moral imagination, and through the fellowship learn how to create solutions to global poverty based on the perspectives of the poor. Each year, the Acumen Fund Fellows Program provides 10 extraordinary young professionals with a unique opportunity to use their skills to effect real social change all over the world.
Acumen Fund's year-long fellowship for the Class of 2012 will begin in September 2011 with eight weeks of intensive and multidisciplinary leadership training in our New York City office. Training topics range from self reflection and storytelling to functional topics like negotiation, investment and valuation techniques, design, marketing, and operations. The Fellows also meet with leaders from diverse fields, including prominent writers, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and educators.
Following training in New York, Fellows begin their nine-month field placements with Acumen Fund investees across the globe. Each Fellow is assigned to a social enterprise, where they support senior management in tackling critical business issues - market expansion, business plan refinement, supply chain improvements, or even leading a new business initiative. Over nine months, Fellows learn and apply skills while enjoying an unusual level of responsibility within Acumen Fund investees. At the end of these field assignments, the Fellows return to New York City for three weeks in September 2012 to share experiences and lessons learned with Acumen Fund’s community. Fellows also receive guidance and networking opportunities to plan for the next step in their journey.
The recruitment process includes an online application, a phone interview, and an in-person group interview in one of nine global locations. The process begins on October 1 with the online application, and ends with the final selection of the 10 Fellows on May 1, 2011.
Acumen Fund Fellows are drawn from a pool of talented individuals from all geographies, sectors, backgrounds, religions, and ages. Ideal Fellows include those who have already decided on a career in venture philanthropy, those who are seeking a career at the highest levels in the corporate world but want to better understand and impact problems of global poverty, and budding social entrepreneurs who want to learn about managing organizations in demanding settings. We are looking for individuals who can adapt to resource-constrained environments, and quickly impact our investee organizations. We prefer those individuals who have had management responsibility and experience working in ambiguous environments, ideally in the developing world.
Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities
Experience working in emerging markets
Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills
Strong passion and commitment
3-7 years of work experience
Graduate degree preferred