Research Analyst

Overlook International Foundation - Kentfield, CA (30+ days ago)

Overlook International Foundation (OIF) seeks to have a significant, measurable impact on climate change mitigation. We intend for our funding to be catalytic and to have a genuine impact on the ability of the organizations we support to grow. We believe that through thoughtful, targeted action it is still possible to avert the worst effects of climate change.

We support both for-profit start-ups and non-profit organizations who pursue strategies that will result in measurable, verifiable decreases in greenhouse gas emissions.

We are looking for a Research Analyst based in our office in Kentfield, CA. The Research Analyst will assist in developing, evaluating and managing a portfolio of grants, investments and initiatives. The Research Analyst is expected to develop and maintain a variety of relationships in the community, and a knowledge base of current trends, activities and changes within the community at-large. Applications should be sent via e-mail.


  • Research and map out markets and the competitors or non-profits operating in those markets
  • Respond to inquiries from organizations, analyze business plans and proposals and conduct due diligence on prospective investments / grantees
  • Provide assistance to portfolio companies and funded organizations, as necessary, to help them get the resources they need to meet their goals
  • In particular, provide support to Cool Effect, an OIF grantee, in its growth and operations
  • Prepare board, management and community reports on results of OIF’s initiatives, strategies, grants and investments
  • Ensure that grant and company files are complete, accurate and current. Maintain information regarding investments and grant-making activity
  • Monitor implementation of grants and investments by requesting and reviewing written evaluations and by conducting site visits to a representative number of organizations
  • Develop and maintain contact with broad cross section of nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the climate change community
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues both nationally and internationally
  • Provide support, when requested, for all OIF activities


  • Commitment to helping stop climate change required, experience in the climate change sector preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree, in particular an MBA, preferred
  • Three to five years of post-college analytical or research experience
  • Impact investing or grant-making experience preferred
  • Familiarity with contracts and grant agreements a plus
  • Ability to review complex narratives and proposals and make recommendations
  • Ability to conduct detailed due diligence in financial, strategic, legal and scientific areas
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to efficiently and effectively handle multiple tasks at the same time
  • Detail-oriented
  • Computer literate; experience working with databases
  • Fluent English required; fluent Spanish or Bahasa a plus

Job Type: Full-time


  • post-college: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Master's (Preferred)


  • Spanish or Bahasa (Preferred)