Emerson Collective, Analyst, Social Innovation and Advocacy

Analyst, Social Innovation and Advocacy

At Emerson Collective, (EC), we believe that self-reliance is one of humanity's highest ideals. A person who is self-reliant is able to chart his or her own destiny in order to live to his or her fullest potential, leading to both individual advancement and a stronger society for us all. To support this belief, EC is determined to do entrepreneurial work in traditionally non-entrepreneurial contexts by partnering with and supporting innovative entrepreneurs who are driving game-changing social reform efforts, particularly in the areas of education, immigration, social justice, and the environment.

The Role
At EC, we care deeply about supporting innovative new models driving social change. This work involves investing in exciting and innovative ventures and pushing and collaborating with governments to drive change. This portfolio covers a wide breadth of topics and opportunities, from financial services for the poor to access to contraceptives to improving human capital in government.

We are seeking an Analyst to help build and manage our diverse portfolio of social innovation and advocacy partners. This person will support EC's team by:

  • Conducting landscape analysis to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities.
  • Assisting with investment processes, including research, due diligence, documentation, post-investment support of partner companies, and impact measurement.
  • Developing and maintaining systems for organizing data, materials, and information.
  • Collaborating with EC?s other teams (communications, special events, policy, etc.) to ensure we are leveraging their tools and capabilities in support of our partners.
  •  Supporting the Portfolio Manager and our grant making and political teams as needed ? you must embrace that credo that there is ?no task too big and no task too small.?
  •  Preparing reports, presentations, memos and other documents for internal and external audiences.
  • Meeting with potential partner organizations and ascertaining potential for collaboration.
  • Taking on other projects as they arise.


  • You're passionate about social impact, particularly fighting poverty, improving schools, making government work well for all, and welcoming of immigrants.
  • You have 1-4 years of work experience or equivalent.
  • You're intellectually curious.  You love learning new things. You learn quickly and independently. You respond to new ideas, projects, and tasks with enthusiasm and a sense of possibility.
  • You're creative and resourceful when solving problems or completing tasks.
  • You have exceptional organization skills. You have strong prioritization skills, including time management and project management skills and always follow through.
  • You have strong analytical skills.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to develop materials for internal and external audiences.  You can communicate complex information clearly and concisely with everyone in the organization and with external stakeholders.
  • You maintain a team-oriented approach and thrive in entrepreneurial, dynamic environments. You?re comfortable taking on new tasks or projects with little direction and adjusting course quickly in response to feedback.
  • You have high standards for accuracy, quality and integrity.
  • You respond to new ideas, projects, and tasks with enthusiasm and a sense of possibility.

This position will be based in Palo Alto.

EC offers competitive benefits and salary for this role.

To Apply
Send your resume and a short (<250 words) note about your interest in the role to recruiting@emersoncollective.com. Please use 'EC Analyst Application' as your subject line. Although all applications will be considered, we are unable to respond to all inquiries.