The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) is seeking a full-time Research Assistant in its New York, NY office. Under the supervision of TIIP’s CEO and President, the Research Assistant will conduct research on the systems-level approaches undertaken by institutional investors; that is, research on approaches that recognize the importance of considerations that transcend the traditional daily challenges of investment portfolio management and seek to manage risk and rewards at the environmental, societal and financial systems levels. Such approaches are distinct from but often discussed alongside topics such as impact investment, socially responsible investment, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration.
The Research Assistant will identify, collect and analyze data and help to develop reports and other publications that help investment stakeholders understand how systems-level frameworks can be enhanced in order to fortify investments and to inform investment policy and practice. The Research Assistant will:
- Produce new investor profiles—as well conduct updates to existing investor profiles—for inclusion in TIIP’s database.
- Provide support on a range of research projects.
- Conduct literature reviews; collect and analyze data on investors’ existing and planned systems and related approaches.
- Conduct telephone interviews; develop and field surveys.
- Produce research briefs, reports, presentations and other research deliverables.
- Contribute to designing studies; assist with proposal development.
- Perform additional tasks as assigned.
The Research Assistant must be able to function flexibly and independently, communicate clearly and have a strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with outstanding analytical ability and writing skills. Required qualifications are:
- Bachelor’s degree or graduate-level degree with a strong academic record in relevant disciplines.
- Experience or demonstrated interest in conducting research on socially responsible investment, impact investment and/or related investment practices strongly preferred.
- Familiarity with, and interest in, environmental and social issues and the health of financial systems.
- Knowledge of investment concepts, practices and terms preferred.
- Demonstrated writing, research and presentation skills, including the ability analyze qualitative and quantitative data and clearly report results to various stakeholder groups and audiences.
- Commitment to research rigor; strong organizational skills; ability to work both as a team member and independently.
TIIP helps institutional investors understand the big picture, or “systems-level,” context of their portfolio- level decisions. This is important because “systems-level” events, such as economic crises, ecosystems under stress, and societies in turmoil can disrupt the best-laid plans of investors and cost them dearly. Even seemingly “local” issues are now having much greater impact than they once did as the world becomes increasingly interconnected. TIIP designs, provides and maintains data and tools that enable institutional investors to make this important connection between portfolio-level decisions and systems- level considerations. TIIP’s research portal and database of investor profiles, market analysis, and practical guidance provides a way to better match investors, benchmark systems strategies, and optimize program development. Investors leverage TIIP’s data and tools to solve program inefficiencies, enhance impact measurement, and boost absolute returns.
TIIPs offers employees a competitive salary and benefits package.
Applications will be received on a rolling basis. Email a cover letter, resume and two (2) writing samples to William Burckart, President, at [email protected].