The Jain Family Institute

ISA Project Lead


Project Lead: Income Share Agreements

New York // Full Time // Project Lead


JFI is seeking Project Lead to join our project on income share agreements, a new financial product aimed at accelerating economic mobility and ameliorating the burdens of student debt (for further reference, see our site). The Project Lead will work on a core team of staff and fellows who are dedicated to catalyzing a large, vibrant, and viable market for ISAs. This will include supporting consulting engagements with educational institutions (of many types and scales) that are building ISA pilots; contributing to research in economics, finance, and public policy; and coordinating the internal operations of a dynamic team of researchers and operators all working to advance the ISA market. The Project Lead will work closely with Better Future Forward, an ISA servicer that was spun out of JFI in 2016. The ideal candidate for the Project Lead position has project management experience, either in consulting, finance, or the public sector.

If the ambitions and responsibilities listed excite you, please submit the following to

  • A letter of interest

  • A CV with contact information

  • An example of your analytical and storytelling skills (research paper, presentation, etc.)

Selected candidates will be invited to interview at our offices in Manhattan in mid December.


The Project Lead will join a nimble, interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in financial services, philanthropy, public policy, and academic research. The Project Lead will report to one of JFI’s three managing directors and work closely with them on all dimensions of the ISA project (pilot construction and operation, fundraising, partnerships, legislative affairs, communications and marketing, research, actuarial modeling).

The Project Lead’s core responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting initial financial and policy analysis of a broad cross-section of ISA-related issues, in consultation with relevant fellows and experts

  • Coordinate the internal operations of the ISA team, ranging from research projects to product development to prospect tracking to strategic planning.

  • Supporting the management of engagements with consulting clients, investors, and other partners and stakeholders.

  • Contributing to basic research in economics, finance, and public policy

  • Generating a wide variety of materials that undergird business development and capital raising, including consulting and fundraising materials in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

This is a full-time position in an entrepreneurial organization aimed at using research to leverage large-scale, transformative change. It is as demanding as a career in investment banking or management consulting or government service – but with greater proximity to both social change and the people who drive it: renowned scholars, business leaders, foundation presidents, and policymakers at every level.


  • Full-time

  • Extensive travel

  • Confidentiality: as needed



  • Exceptional writing skills and instincts for storytelling

  • Strong aptitude for project management

  • Ability to skillfully navigate engagements with a diverse array of stakeholders

  • High degree of comfort with social science research (assessing, interrogating, cultivating)

  • Expert fluency in PowerPoint; at least intermediate fluency in Excel

  • Unshakeable commitment to rigorous research and reasoned debate


  • Background in management consulting, financial services, or public service preferred

  • Experience with academic or applied research (assistantships, think tanks, and the like) useful

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

  • Full benefits, including healthcare, dental, vision, and wellness, 3 weeks paid vacation

  • Opportunities to meet and collaborate with leading scholars, policy experts, and business leaders


The Jain Family Institute is a research incubator that builds promising ideas into real-world pilots. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces that affect the way people live, work, and learn. Our team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

For details about our staff and current projects, see

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