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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President, Finance, the Finance Fellow will be responsible for coordinating and assisting with various finance and budgeting tasks in relation to Arnold Ventures external philanthropic giving. This position will utilize existing partnerships and processes to review budget models across departments and among grantees to perform analysis and reporting as needed. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Review and assess prospective and active grantees’ and consultants’ budgets for reasonableness, accuracy and compliance with Arnold Ventures grant requirements, nonprofit laws and industry standards
  • Work with grantees and consultants to achieve cost-efficient budgets
  • Ensure complete documentation of all relevant financial and budgetary information for a given project is presented to Board for approval, and attend Board meetings as needed
  • Research, organize, analyze and track relevant financial information and trends for potential and existing grants, consultants, and programmatic investments
  • Actively participate in the complete grant making process, including evaluation of grant proposals and agreements for budget-related compliance, monitoring and reviewing ongoing financial activity, and advising programmatic teams on active grant management
  • Work on various special projects with Finance, programmatic, and operational teams

Fellowship Term & Location

The Finance Fellow will be benefits-eligible and will be appointed for an anticipated one-year term. This position will be based in our Houston, Texas office.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or finance
  • 3 years of accounting, business, or finance experience
  • Demonstrated mastery of MS Excel and Word 
  • Strong and effective financial, managerial, and negotiation skills
  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture. 

  • We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity 
  • We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback 
  • We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects 
  • We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals 

Arnold Ventures’ values reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference. 

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others 
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought 
  • Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/​veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.