Associate Director, Advisory Services


About the organization

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.


Associate Directors play an essential role on the Advisory team in managing a portfolio of client projects and teams, maintaining client relationships, supporting business development, and advancing priorities for team- or firm-wide strategy and objectives. We anticipate that this Associate Director will work with a diverse client portfolio including a mix of foundations, families and individuals, and corporations to help them define and implement on their social impact goals.

We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic about working with clients seeking to achieve impact in a wide range of issue areas—from early childhood education, to closing the racial wealth gap, to global water and sanitation—by partnering every step of the way from initial strategy development to implementation and grantmaking to learning from the outcomes. You will need to be highly organized, bring exceptional project and client management skills, and be committed to centering equity in every engagement. You are someone who understands that long-term, systemic change requires a deep understanding of the complex logistics of impact, including when and how to move the human, financial, and even intellectual resources needed to accomplish a goal.


At least 5 to 7 years of professional experience with steadily increasing job responsibilities
Experience in business, philanthropy, public policy, nonprofit management, and/or consulting and a commitment to social impact
Strong project management skills to drive projects to completion, including the ability to lead complex projects, establish and manage workplans, oversee and delegate to team members, and meet deadlines
Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Strong organizational and research skills and an understanding of how to gather, analyze, and synthesize diverse information from written documents and interviews
Excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to build positive relationships with a range of philanthropic clients
Strong written and oral communication skills, an ability to adapt style, tone, and content to meet various needs, coach teammates on crafting content, synthesize large amounts of information on the page
Proven ability to work inclusively with diverse teams, audiences, and stakeholders to achieve shared goals, including excellent teamwork, relationship building, customer service, and strong facilitation skills 
The ability to provide excellent service, including being able to address complex service matters, implement and communicate service changes to everyone involved, and to coach teammates on how to apply the firm’s service standards
The ability to work independently and as part of a team

Application instructions

While this position must be based in San Francisco, CA; Durham, NC; Chicago, IL; or Washington, DC, please note that due to COVID-19, all Arabella Advisors' offices are closed, and we continue to temporarily work in a remote environment. We have a strong firm culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between colleagues. Once our offices reopen it is our expectation that all staff will generally work from the office according to a schedule agreed upon with their supervisor. We will make reasonable accommodations under the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers page to learn more.

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