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Business Development Manager


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 hundreds of millions of the poor to transform and improve their lives by providing them high-quality, affordable water, sanitation, healthcare, housing, energy, agriculture and education. We offer leadership programs that bring together the world’s best talent to focus their skills, capacity and moral imagination to solve the world’s toughest problems of poverty. And we invest in the spread of ideas to share what we are learning, in order change the way the world tackles poverty. We see each investment as a provocation, a chance to support entrepreneurs who dare to build solutions where markets have failed and traditional aid has fallen short.




About the Opportunity

Acumen is looking for an innovative  and  experienced, fundraiser to join our Business Development team in San Francisco.

Your main focus will be engaging high net worth individuals in the tech and VC community. By working with your network and cultivating new prospects you will pitch new, creative ideas for partnerships and engagement.

You will connect the dots across our internal teams, molding new opportunities for us to engage with one another on external partnerships. You know who needs to be in the room to discuss partnership and donor opportunities, and can provide coaching and support to program teams who are not as comfortable in business development conversations.

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1. Why is joining the team at Acumen a good fit for you? Why are you a good fit for the team? (200 words)*
2. What is the most significant business relationship (funding or otherwise) you have built and developed that you are most proud of? What was the impact created by that relationship? (200 words)*
3. Too-early-but-important compensation question. We expect this role to have a salary, at a minimum of $85K, with full benefits. It is alright to expect more than that, but it would be good to know now before we move forward. What are you looking for in the next role? This isn't to negotiate of course, it's just to make sure we can be in the right ballpark (or close) from the start.*
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