Acumen is looking for an exceptional individual with 3-5 years of experience to join the team that is taking our Leadership work in India to the next level. In this role, you will support the management of this flagship program and support on key community initiatives.

About Acumen

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $114 million in 109 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

About Leadership

The Acumen India Fellows Program is a one-year, fully-funded leadership development program that gives up to 20 individuals from across India the training they need to accelerate their social impact and leadership potential. Our Fellows Programs provide emerging leaders the opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded individuals, participate in world-class training seminars, and develop new skills to accelerate their own growth and the trajectory of their work and the work of their organizations. With over 90 Fellows in India now, and over 400 globally, we are thinking about the next chapter of our work in India, which includes supporting our Fellows in their life long journey beyond their Fellowship year, “Beyond Year 1 Programming”, and executing on a growth strategy to build the leadership capacity of more social change leaders in India.

About the Role

Candidates must have a long-term commitment to the development of India, as well as a deep commitment to Acumen’s mission of solving the toughest problems of poverty, and a passion for leadership development. The Fellows Associate will work in close collaboration with the East Africa and Pakistan Fellows Teams. S/he will report to the India Fellows Manager.

Their primary responsibility will be to support, and in some cases manage, operational aspects of the India Fellows Program and Beyond Year 1 programming. S/he will work closely with the India Fellows Manager and India Fellows Senior Associate to deliver all parts of both the Fellowship Program as well as the Beyond Year 1 and Community Programming, specifically serving in four critical areas:

1. Recruitment and Selection

  • Recruitment Strategy and Execution – Support design and execution of recruitment strategy to recruit 20 fellows, including outreach to Fellows, peer organizations, social media, and the press, and lead revision of all recruitment materials
  • Execute Selection Process – Execute recruitment and selection process from application reviews to reference checks and final cohort announcement. This includes managing recruitment efforts, applicant tracking system, serving as primary point of contact for applicants, conducting interviews, and execution of ‘Selection Conference’, an annual day-long interview event
  • Build Pipeline - Cultivate and manage recruitment relationships and build candidate pipeline

2. Program Administration

  • Operations – Oversee all logistics associated with execution of training seminars and any other Beyond Year 1 or community programming
  • Data Collection & QA – Design and document all data relevant for evaluating program effectiveness, including managing QA, feedback forms, and Fellows’ own progress inside and outside seminars

3. Community Management

  • Connecting and supporting – Support in development of a robust and active Fellows community, connecting Fellows to new individuals, networks, or opportunities that contribute to their leadership development and/or their social impact
  •  Community Programming Execution – Support the building and executing of  community projects based on India strategy
  • BY1 Execution– Support the building and executing of BY1 projects based on India strategy
  • Support Partner Management– Support engagement of partners/prospects locally by helping draft reports for funders; writing quarterly partner updates; creating presentations for pitches to prospective funders

4. Marketing and Communications

  • Communications execution – Execute outreach and communications strategy for India Fellows Program which includes support in creating content, managing a listserv of the wider Acumen community, and organizing outreach events for recruitment
  • Database management – Manage and update India Fellows Database; track Fellow’s achievements and collaborations
  • Social Media management - Leverage social media to engage our community (i.e. Fellows Facebook group, Acumen’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.); draft announcements and press releases; share Fellows stories throughout the year


  • At least 4 years’ work experience in a related field (preferably in training, fellowships or leadership development)
  • Prior work experience in a fast-paced environment, ability to work efficiently against tight deadlines
  • Familiarity and exposure to the field of social enterprise and poverty alleviation preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, comfort representing the India Program externally
  • A self-starter, able to see opportunities and make the most of them

Additional characteristics we’re looking for in all roles at Acumen:

  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity and respect
  • Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
  • A sense of humor (really)


Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits.


Mumbai, India


Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is Monday, January 15th, 2018.

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