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Climate Portfolio Associate


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About Us
The Autodesk Foundation, Autodesk, Inc.'s philanthropic arm, supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. We provide risk-tolerant funding, technology, and talent to nonprofits and social enterprises to help them maximize and scale impact. From electric aviation to affordable greenhouses for small shareholder farmers, we invest in solutions that champion solutions in three impact opportunity areas: Energy & Materials, Health & Resilience, and Work & Prosperity.

Our Impact
Since 2014, we have facilitated more than $50 million in grants, impact investments, and donations, over $160 million in Autodesk-donated software solutions, and over 170,000 Autodesk employee volunteer hours. In FY23, our portfolio collectively achieved significant impact targets, like mitigating 2.4 million metric tons of Co2e, reaching 87 million individuals with resilient solutions in housing and infrastructure, energy access, agricultural productivity, and workforce development, and supporting over 27,000 people to attain new or improved jobs.

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About the role

Reporting to Autodesk Foundation's Investment Lead for Climate Adaptation & Resilience, the Portfolio Associate will primarily focus on our Health & Resilience (H&R) Impact Opportunity Area (IOA) to source and evaluate potential grant and impact investment opportunities, build relationships with co-investors and peer foundations, and support the Foundation's portfolio organizations to realize their impact and business goals. The Portfolio Associate will gain experience working across the investment process and work collaboratively with the entire Autodesk Foundation team to:

Pipeline Development

  • Evaluate inbound funding requests based on investment priorities and criteria
  • Conduct research and proactive outreach to identify leading social entrepreneurs working on climate adaptation & resilience solutions
  • Help build our H&R investment infrastructure through establishing pipeline partner and co-investor networks of like-minded funds, accelerators, and corporates
  • Support our efforts to track and analyze the strength and diversity of our deal pipeline and the efficiency of our process
  • Apply learnings and cultivate relationships from the Foundation's Inclusive Climate Innovation Initiative to inform Autodesk Foundation's Access & Inclusion Strategy

Due Diligence

  • Support the Investment Lead to perform detailed due diligence of potential H&R grants and impact investments by: 1) Evaluating impact through research, impact forecasting and assessing alignment with the Foundation's theory of change, 2) Analyzing indicators of business viability such as market size, product, management team, and financial performance, 3) Determining the relevance of the Foundation's in-kind programs to the organization's technical and growth goals
  • Contribute to Investment Committee materials, such as drafting sections of investment memos and renewal assessments
  • Conduct sector and industry analyses to help sharpen our investment focus

Administration & Operations

  • Assist with Investment Committee meeting facilitation
  • Support the team's Impact Manager with impact reporting for the H&R portfolio
  • Support team data requests and provide analysis on the Foundation's portfolio related to performance, sector exposure, and impact

Preferred Qualifications, Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • A passion for addressing climate change and inequality, and an interest in building a career in impact investing & venture philanthropy
  • Deep analytical and problem-solving skills. Familiarity with market, financial and business model analysis.
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience living in Asia and/or Africa.
  • 2-3 years of work experience that translates into understanding technology innovation and/or impact investing. Ideally this is in a related field (VC/PE, startup, product management, investment banking, strategy consulting, etc.).
  • Demonstrated interest in several of the sectors in which we invest: climate tech, resilient housing and infrastructure, agriculture, water & sanitation, energy access
  • Excitement to learn the inner workings of a corporate foundation and have a hand in shaping the future of the Autodesk Foundation.
  • Undergraduate studies in engineering, sustainability, finance or business preferred.

Furthermore, we are looking for a team member that:

  • Takes initiative. You are comfortable working independently and seek input as needed when you take on new assignments. You make recommendations to create better ways of working and seek clarity when an obstacle is in your way.
  • Enjoys collaboration. You are the kind of person who believes that a high functioning team is critical to success. You enjoy reaching out and building productive working relationships with people across all levels of the company.
  • Is accountable and organized. You have a keen attention to detail and are able to juggle multiple tasks, deadlines and stakeholders. You can maintain large amounts of information in an organized way.
  • Stays adaptable. You work well in fast-paced environments, you're a quick learner, and always ready to lend a hand.

Learn More

About Autodesk
Welcome to Autodesk! Amazing things are created every day with our software - from the greenest buildings and cleanest cars to the smartest factories and biggest hit movies. We help innovators turn their ideas into reality, transforming not only how things are made, but what can be made.

We take great pride in our culture here at Autodesk - our Culture Code is at the core of everything we do. Our values and ways of working help our people thrive and realize their potential, which leads to even better outcomes for our customers.

When you're an Autodesker, you can be your whole, authentic self and do meaningful work that helps build a better future for all. Ready to shape the world and your future? Join us!

Salary transparency
Salary is one part of Autodesk's competitive compensation package. Offers are based on the candidate's experience and geographic location. In addition to base salaries, we also have a significant emphasis on discretionary annual cash bonuses, commissions for sales roles, stock or long-term incentive cash grants, and a comprehensive benefits package.

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Job ID: autodesk-24WD78618
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • FSA
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • On-Site Gym
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Some Meals Provided
    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Pet-friendly Office
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Company Outings
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Leave of Absence
    • Paid Vacation
    • Sabbatical
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Relocation Assistance
    • Performance Bonus
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Company Equity
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
  • Professional Development

    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Promote From Within
    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Mentor Program
    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Woman founded/led
    • Black founded/led
    • BIPOC founded/led
    • Latinx founded/led
    • Asian founded/led
    • LGBTQ+ founded/led
    • Veteran founded/led