Title: Assistant Director, Credit Academy
Department: SEO Alternative Investments
Report to: Director, Credit Academy
Compensation: $103,300 - $118,100
FLSA: Exempt

LOCATION/HOURS

This is a full-time, hybrid position based out of our New York City office. It is expected that some duties will be performed on-site at least 2-days a week, and some remotely, with the understanding that government and public health guidelines will help determine the extent to which it is safe to carry out in-person and onsite activities.

All candidates must be within commutable distance of SEO’s offices at 55 Exchange Place, New York, NY 10005, upon hire.

ABOUT SEO  

For more than 60 years, SEO has created a more equitable society by closing the educational and career opportunity gap for ambitious Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American young people. All are welcome to apply to our programs.   

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Assistant Director, Credit Academy is a dynamic role that supports various aspects of the SEO’s Alternative Investment programming, primarily focusing on strengthening the coaching and mentoring model around working with early career professionals interested in the credit investments space.

This role primarily involves developing the SEO Credit Academy program engaging directly with individuals interested in entering the credit investments industry, offering a significant opportunity to create programming that increases diversity within the sector. The role also provides unparalleled exposure and access to our partner firms such as KKR, TPG, Carlyle, Oaktree, etc.

The Assistant Director role is a unique opportunity for financial services professionals to gain nonprofit experience, expand their network within the private equity space, and achieve balance in their professional and personal lives. The ideal candidate will be a passionate subject matter expert with proficiencies in project and/or program management. We seek a team player willing and able to actively engage in doing that work to create opportunities for early-career professionals in the Credit space.

This role requires a minimum of a one (1) year commitment to ensure continuity and engagement for our program participants.  In turn, we offer flexible working arrangements, professional development resources, and comprehensive low-premium benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and employer-funded HRA
  • 403b retirement plan with employer match and contribution
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off policy

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a trusted and strategic partner to the Alternative Investments program leadership and team.
  • Provide industry knowledge and experience as the team strengthens its programming to provide early career professionals opportunities in the credit investment space.
  • Support the Credit Academy admissions process including program marketing, application review, and facilitating interviews.
  • Mentor and coach young professionals as they prepare to enter the credit investment industry and the fellows in the Credit Academy to foster their professional growth and connection to SEO.
  • Support the Credit Academy program Director in conducting pitch and partnership meetings with alternative investment firms.
  • Participate in regular training, networking opportunities, breakfast meetings, and other events to further develop the fellows within the Credit Academy.
  • Leverage both quantitative and qualitative data to inform decision-making and develop strategies for continuous improvement of Credit Academy programming.
  • Manage program expenses, budget reconciliation, and other ongoing administrative processes.
  • Support activities leading up to, and on the day of SEO Alternative Investment Conference

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business, or a related field required.
  • 3-5 years of work experience within a corporate environment. At least two (2) years of experience in Investment Banking with direct experience in corporate credit investing required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in navigating the credit buyside with a deep understanding of industry dynamics and market trends.
  • Formal coaching, teaching, mentorship, and/or DIEB experience (e.g., diversity recruitment, learning & development, counseling).
  • A background in project and/or program management; experience in nonprofit or educational program management is strongly preferred.
  • Expert presentation and extemporaneous communication skills. Must be comfortable addressing and engaging with diverse communities at various levels and mediums, including in-person, email, messaging platforms, and phone calls.
  • Deep curiosity and passion for closing the opportunity gap.

COMPETENCIES

  • Passion for SEO's mission: A deep curiosity and working knowledge of the barriers to entry and obstacles for early career professionals in Corporate America, and a real passion and dedication to closing those opportunity gaps.
  • Creativity & Innovation: An ability and openness to drawing inspiration from multiple sources (including arts, culture, data, and insights) and applying inventive thought processes to drive innovation, solve problems, and deliver results.
  • Relationship Management: Proven ability to center the client experience and deliver high-touch services as both a self-starter and a team player who builds people-first relationships and prioritizes the SEO mission every step of the way.
  • Critical Thinking: The capacity to anticipate needs, utilize best resources, and employ careful decision-making. Able to adjust to changes and work demands quickly while maintaining a strategic and tactical vision to complete work efficiently.
  • Project Management: An affinity for strategic planning with the ability to break down issues into component pieces, build project work plans, assume accountability for timelines, lead cross-functional working teams, evaluate data for continuous improvement, and navigate ambiguity along the way.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS  

SEO offers a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plan including low-cost health, vision, and dental options, a generous holiday schedule and PTO policies, disability coverage, fully paid time off for new parents, and employer contributions to health reimbursement and retirement accounts. We are constantly working to improve our benefits each year based on the needs of our employees. We value wellness and strive to consistently use a DEIB lens to put people first and foremost.

The compensation listed in this posting reflects what SEO believes it will pay for this position at the time of this posting. Consistent with applicable law, compensation will be determined based on the skills, qualifications, and experience of the applicant along with the requirements of the position, and SEO reserves the right to modify this pay range at any time.

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At SEO we are committed to cultivating a team that embodies the backgrounds and experiences of the constituencies we serve and the communities we live in, and a workplace that reflects the impact we make in the world. Candidates from all communities – including people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ Community, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity is not just the law, it is our commitment.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/D/V. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other legally protected status.

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