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Volunteer Opportunity: Business Development team

The Acumen Fund Business Development team is currently looking for someone to join the team in New York, NY on a part-time basis (15 – 20 hours/week) for the Fall semester.

The right candidate should have a passionate commitment to Acumen Fund’s mission of solving the toughest problems of poverty, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and excellent attention to detail.

Put another way, you are a detail-oriented, hard-working, get-things-done kind of person who will get a kick out of doing something really valuable for our team, even if it’s not especially glamorous.  In exchange, you’ll learn a lot about what we do, both in Business Development and at Acumen Fund more broadly and there will be opportunities for stretch assignments if you can do a great job on your core responsibilities.

Business Development Team at Acumen Fund

The Business Development team is responsible for prospecting new donors, managing existing donor relationships (individual, foundation, corporate) and general contact and external relationship management at Acumen Fund. The Business Development Volunteer will be responsible for ensuring all data being tracked is up-to-date and assisting with supporting the team’s activities.

This position is un-paid and will require approximately 15-20 hours per week.  The position will last for the entire Fall semester (through December).

Click here for the full description

New York, NY

To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to Please include the job title “Business Development Volunteer” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is 5:00pm July 31st.


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