Director, Center for Impact Finance

Job Description

Operating Title

Director, Center for Impact Finance

Long Classification Title

Director, Center for Impact Finance

Campus Location



UNH Carsey School

Summary of Position

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 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.

  • Low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people should have access to affordable, responsible financial products and services.
  • Practical, high-level skills, tools, and networks are needed to succeed in a complex and rapidly changing impact finance ecosystem.

More information about the Center is available at https://carsey.unh.edu/center-for-impact-finance.A faculty appointment may be considered depending on qualifications including holding of a terminal degree.

Acceptable minimum level of education


Acceptable minimum years of experience

10+ years

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Other minimum qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a field relevant to community development finance such as public policy, community development, business or urban planning.
  • 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.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree preferred.

Salary Information

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

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EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.
The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire, and the region can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide

Posting Date


Open Until Filled


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Job Category

Salaried Staff (Exempt)

Appointment Type

Grant Funded

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  • Lead a dynamic Center comprised of highly skilled fellows and staff committed to the mission of both the Center and the School which it is part of.


  • Communicates CSCIF’s mission, values and goals to key stakeholders including the advisory board, partner organizations, government agencies and funders.


  • Build relationships with other thought leaders, and other prospective partners, in the field; including funders, investors, practitioners, regulators and academics, to increase the visibility of the Center, secure resources to support its research agenda, and ensure the ongoing relevance of its work to key external stakeholders.


  • 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.

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