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The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University's McDonough Schools of Business is looking for a consultant to direct the Rural Opportunity Initiative ("ROI").

Together with its land grant university partners, Iowa State University, Mississippi State University and Purdue University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has launched the Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI).  ROI promotes private investment in rural businesses that drives both investor return and rural prosperity.

ROI’s work is oriented around three pillars:

  • Cultivating Knowledge, Dialogue, Investment Relationships and Private-Public Partnerships – ROI addresses misalignment between rural businesses and local, regional and national traditional and non-traditional capital sources.  With a year one focus on agriculture and ag-related business, ROI will convene business, finance, philanthropic, and government leaders and link investors with rural investments capable of delivering investor return and rural prosperity.
  • Facilitating Rural Workshops and Networking Forums – In collaboration with ROI’s land grant partners and other supporters, ROI will introduce hungry local, regional and national traditional and non-traditional investors unfamiliar with rural investments to rural business opportunities.  As these workshops evolve and mature, ROI will develop a certificate program to enhance attendees’ business acumen and connect them with entrepreneurs who have made and can model the leap from established local enterprise to a regionally or nationally thriving business.
  • Capitalizing Rural Business Opportunities and Entrepreneurs – To incubate and stimulate a pipeline of rural businesses poised to grow and build lasting wealth in rural communities, ROI will raise a fund to support awards to graduating MBA students who develop business plans proposing a rural agriculture or ag-related enterprise with the potential to generate both investor return and broader rural prosperity.  The award will support a student’s salary for a year as she attempts to launch her proposed business.  

ROI’s Director’s Responsibilities Include:

  • Shape ROI’s focus and strategy;
  • Expand and liaise with ROI’s land grant university, government, private sector, non-profit and philanthropic partners;
  • Raise money to support ROI’s operations, including but not limited to its DC-based convenings, regional rural entrepreneur workshops and graduating MBA student awards;
  • Build ROI’s Advisory Committee;
  • Manage the development of GSEI’s new course offering: “Building Rural Wealth”; and
  • Author and edit submissions to scholarly and business publications.

Desired Skills and Experiences

The successful candidate will bring demonstrated leadership and management skills, and experience in strategic planning and developiog mission-related programs.  Strong experience developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships is required.  Successful candidates will demonstrate experience in fundraising, project management, rural economic development policy, and have relationships on Capitol Hill, with the USDA and with national and regional rural business development stakeholders.  Strong writing and interpersonal skills are essential.  Candidates with a graduate level degree (e.g MA, MBA, JD, PhD) and at least five years relevant work experience are preferred. The ROI Director will receive strategic guidance and programmatic direction from ROI Founder and GSEI Executive in Residence Matt McKenna, and will report administratively to GSEI Executive Director Leslie Crutchfield.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Natalia Galloway, GSEI Associate Director,