Director, Carsey School Center for Impact Finance (CSCIF)

Company: UNH Carsey School of Public Policy

Location: Flexible, All

Job Function: Other


The Carsey School Center for Impact Finance (CSCIF) at the University of New Hampshire addresses the role that access to capital plays in turning the tide on widening income inequality and building a more sustainable future for our communities, the nation and the world. With a successful track record of working within communities and as respected national thought leaders in the field, CSCIF conducts original applied research, develops initiatives, designs programs, and implements financing products, projects, and policies that address societal challenges.


The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is seeking to hire a successor to the founding director of its Center for Impact Finance. The position will begin on July 3, 2023. The Carsey School Center for Impact Finance (CSCIF) works with community development organizations, government agencies, Community Development Financial Institutions, banks, philanthropic organizations and businesses. The Center’s mission is to equip the community development finance field with the products, tools, skills, and connections to address inequality and foster economic, ecological, and community resilience.


Essential Functions
The director is responsible for managing the Center’s applied research, training and convening agenda. The new director is expected to be a thought leader in the field and play a key role in helping the Center meet its goals of conducting rigorous and timely research, solving development finance institutions’ most challenging financial problems, and training and mentoring the next generation of community development finance practitioners.Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Work with the Center’s team members to identify, develop, promote and carry out a research and consulting agenda that responds to the emerging needs of the field of community development impact finance and advances innovative and impactful practices within it.
  • Manage and supervise the CSCIF research fellows and staff.
  • Work with the Carsey School Director and team members to develop and implement strategy for the Carsey School of Public Policy .
  • Build relationships with UNH faculty and staff in support of the Center’s mission.
  • Lead, initiate and manage research projects and consulting engagements as a principal investigator or co-investigator, with responsibilities to develop funding sources and write grant proposals, manage client and funder relationships, develop and oversee work plans, conduct research, write reports and publications, and deliver presentations.
  • Build relationships in the field, including funders, investors, practitioners, regulators and academics, to increase the visibility of the Center and the School, secure resources to support its research agenda, and ensure the ongoing relevance of its work to key external stakeholders.
  • Complete tasks in a fast-paced and self-motivated environment in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Represent the Center in activities and programs including public events, workshops and training events.
  • Serve on the Carsey School Management team.
  • Communicate CSCIF’s mission, values and goals to key stakeholders including the advisory board, partner organizations, government agencies and funders.
  • In collaboration with colleagues and partners, develops the outcomes and indicators that will be used to monitor the Center’s progress towards its goals;
  • Manage and support the Center’s staff using a people-centered approach .
The successful candidate for this position will have the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule (partially remote and in-office). Periodic campus/system office visits will be required.


  • Terminal degree in a field relevant to community development finance such as public policy, community development, business or urban planning. Ph.D. preferred.
  • At least 15 years of experience in finance, community development or related field, with demonstrated experience in grant writing.
  • Good organization skills, detail orientation, persistence, the ability to prioritize and multi-task, meet deadlines and solve problems.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with a supportive, people-centered approach.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to the community development sector and the critical role of nonprofit organizations in driving social change.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with co-workers and representatives from the nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic, and public sectors, and with a diverse range of individuals and organizations.
  • Strong fundraising skills.
  • Strong skills in facilitative leadership; communicate effectively with both internal and external constituencies; and, work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a tight-knit team.
  • Ability to think strategically, remaining focused on goals and objectives;
  • High level of organization and attention to detail.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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