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Seeking Part-time to Full-time Analyst or Associate

About the position: 

Location: Remote
Hours: 20-40 hrs/week
Salary: Title and salary wil be commensurate with experience 

    • Range for Analyst (BA + 1-4 years of relevant experience) is from $30,000 to $40,000
    • Range for Associate (BA + 3-8 years of relevant experience or Graduate degree and 1-5 years of relevant experience) is from $48,000 to $57,000

Croatan Institute, an independent, nonprofit research institute whose mission is to harness the power of investment for social good and ecological resilience, is seeking highly motivated candidates for an analyst or associate position. The Institute’s work cuts across the following themes:  

  • Regenerative food, farming, and forestry finance
  • Climate solutions and just transitions
  • Resilient communities and regenerative economies
  • Racial equity, social justice and inclusive finance
  • Impact investing and sustainable finance
  • Impact metrics and sustainability data

Since the Institute’s launch in 2014, we have rapidly established a reputation for rigorous, cutting-edge research and advocacy on a wide range of issues in sustainable finance and resilient and equitable economic development, working closely with practitioners in the field and movements for social and environmental change. Based in the research triangle region of North Carolina, with an extended team of affiliates in the Northeast, the Midwest, the South, and Geneva, Switzerland, the Institute is an entrepreneurial nonprofit working at the critical nexus where finance, sustainability, and economic development intersect. The candidate will be expected to work remotely during the pandemic but, if desired, could enjoy future opportunities for in-office hours in Durham, NC, or in other areas where we have affiliates. In order to expand our presence nationally, we particularly welcome applicants based on the West Coast but encourage applicants from any geography to apply.

This position will primarily support our food, farming, and forestry finance projects, working with low-resource communities and placed-based partners to advance inclusive economic development, equitable food access, and resilient landscapes. This role will focus on deepening our body of work that has emerged from our Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS), including the Institute’s agenda for building “Soil Wealth” and developing new Regenerative Organic Agricultural Districts (ROADs). There is also the potential for deeper integration with other areas where the Institute works, especially with our Racial Equity, Economics, Finance, and Sustainability (REEFS) initiative.


  • Research and develop financing mechanisms for increasing the transition to and acceleration of regenerative and organic food, farming, and forestry systems.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research, through a combination of publicly available sources, surveying, and phone interviews, with agricultural producers, food system stakeholders, community organizations, and investors that incorporate environmental and social factors into investment analysis, decision-making, and advocacy.
  • Synthesize our work through writing short reports and long-form publications.
  • Assist with the development, population, and maintenance of customized databases relevant to impact investment, sustainable investing and food value chains.
  • Create relevant content for website, newsletter, and social media communications.
  • Provide support to research and educational projects focused on other investing themes, such as climate solutions and clean energy, gender lens investing, diversity and inclusion, business and human rights, community development finance, place-based investing, and the impact of investor engagement.
  • Shaping and participating in stakeholder workshops, multi-day conference, and other convenings.
  • Assist with online and in-person event logistics.
  • Regularly communicate with network and project partners.


Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with outstanding relevant academic record. Areas of study could include food systems, agriculture, nutrition, soil science and other environmental sciences, social sciences, black or other ethnic studies, finance, economics, or business.
  • Up to 3-5 years relevant experience.
  • Strong interest in food, agriculture, and/or forestry issues across finance, economics, social equity, and environmental issues.
  • Strong preference for someone who has experience in agriculture, and who may have experience working with communities of color.
  • Background experience in environmental sustainability and social equity, and a strong interest in the Institute’s mission.
  • Familiarity with sustainable finance and impact investing is desirable, but not required.
  • Exceptionally strong research, writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Strong analytic and quantitative skills, with a scrupulous attention to detail when handling complex datasets.
  • Experience with ArcGIS highly desired.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google G Suite, and comfort using other cloud-based applications as needed, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and CRM tools.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team across multiple projects and time zones.
  • A commitment to maintaining the security and confidentiality of highly sensitive data and information.
  • Flexible and cooperative work ethic in a collegial, nonprofit culture.


Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience. Croatan Institute offers a competitive benefits package, including opportunities to join our group medical, dental and vision insurance and paid time off (12 holidays and 15 personal days) for full time equivalent employees, and employer contributions to either medical insurance or a health stipend, plus a 2% employer contribution to a retirement plan for all employees.

Croatan Institute fundamentally understands the importance of having a diverse and representative group of stakeholders challenging and shaping our organizational journey. Croatan Institute is committed to promoting diversity within its team while employing the best-qualified person for each job. We are an equal opportunity employer that strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, and our team leverages its professional networks to increase the diversity of applicant pools. Additionally, we actively seek to promote diversity within our governance structures: our board of directors, advisory boards, and various committees. We also apply this lens to our purchasing decisions, working to attract and hire vendors for our operations and events that are led by underrepresented groups: minority businesses, women-led businesses, LGBTQ-friendly businesses. Our team also works internally to engage in frank conversations around bias, equity, and justice in order to support an inclusive workplace and culture.

For more information about Croatan Institute, please visit


How to apply:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, a list of at least three references, and relevant writing sample(s) as a PDF attachment.

Subject: Food, Farming, and Forestry Finance Position

No calls or preliminary inquiries please.

Application deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 14, 2021.


Croatan Institute is an equal opportunity employer that strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.