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


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.


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.   


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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

EEOC Policy

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.

If you need accommodation while applying for a role with SEO, due to a disability, please email SEO Talent.

Apply for this Job

* Required

resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review
+ Add another education

U.S. Standard Demographic Questions We invite applicants to share their demographic background. If you choose to complete this survey, your responses may be used to identify areas of improvement in our hiring process.
How would you describe your gender identity? (mark all that apply)

How would you describe your racial/ethnic background? (mark all that apply)

How would you describe your sexual orientation? (mark all that apply)

Do you identify as transgender? (Select one)

Do you have a disability or chronic condition (physical, visual, auditory, cognitive, mental, emotional, or other) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, including mobility, communication (seeing, hearing, speaking), and learning? (Select one)

Are you a veteran or active member of the United States Armed Forces? (Select one)

Voluntary Self-Identification

For government reporting purposes, we ask candidates to respond to the below self-identification survey. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

As set forth in SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity)’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

Race & Ethnicity Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Form CC-305
Page 1 of 1
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 04/30/2026

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor. The law requires us to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We have a goal of having at least 7% of our workers as people with disabilities. The law says we must measure our progress towards this goal. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had one. People can become disabled, so we need to ask this question at least every five years.

Completing this form is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer is confidential. No one who makes hiring decisions will see it. Your decision to complete the form and your answer will not harm you in any way. If you want to learn more about the law or this form, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

A disability is a condition that substantially limits one or more of your “major life activities.” If you have or have ever had such a condition, you are a person with a disability. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or other substance use disorder (not currently using drugs illegally)
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer (past or present)
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or serious difficulty hearing
  • Diabetes
  • Disfigurement, for example, disfigurement caused by burns, wounds, accidents, or congenital disorders
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual or developmental disability
  • Mental health conditions, for example, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Mobility impairment, benefiting from the use of a wheelchair, scooter, walker, leg brace(s) and/or other supports
  • Nervous system condition, for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodivergence, for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, other learning disabilities
  • Partial or complete paralysis (any cause)
  • Pulmonary or respiratory conditions, for example, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema
  • Short stature (dwarfism)
  • Traumatic brain injury

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Please reach out to our support team via our help center.
Please complete the reCAPTCHA above.