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Special Assistant

Special Assistant to CEO

Arabella Advisors has a unique opportunity for individuals seeking to gain executive-level exposure to the fastest growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation. We are looking for a resourceful, detail-oriented, organized, high-performing self-starter to serve as a special assistant to our CEO, Sampriti Ganguli. This is an excellent opportunity for an organized, customer-service oriented individual who is interested in building a career in the social sector through exceptional work with senior leaders at Arabella and in the philanthropy sector.

About Arabella Advisors
Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We help our clients imagine what’s possible, design the best strategies, learn what works best, and do the work necessary to realize their visions.

Our staff is a team of passionate problem-solvers—mission-driven and action-oriented—with a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience.

The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation. Our leadership team, advisors, colleagues, and staff are fundamentally concerned with social change. We share a desire to make a difference and apply an outcomes-focused approach. Our internal culture supports employee passions, enables continuous learning, and fosters innovation, risk taking, and fun—even as it emphasizes excellence.

Essential Responsibilities
Manage the CEO’s requests for meetings, appointments and scheduling
Support key strategy and management meetings by working closely with the executive team and senior managers
Provide briefings, presentations, research and analysis, memos, agendas and background documents to the CEO for meetings, events and trips
Coordinate executive one-on-one meetings with staff, including setting clear agendas and managing follow-up with key business leads
Manage the CEO’s travel logistics and expense reporting
Draft correspondence on behalf of the CEO
Other Responsibilities
Attend and participate in internal and external meetings with the CEO, as needed
Oversee special executive-level projects assignments as required across strategy, business development and marketing
Monitor and track key business performance metrics and conduct benchmarking analysis as needed
Provide support as needed to the line of business managers, client development team, and management team

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required
At least 2 years of work experience, internships or work study preferred
Passion for philanthropy and the impact it can achieve.
Demonstrated experience anticipating the needs of others and planning time and materials appropriately
High degree of organization and attention to detail and ability to manage and make progress on multiple projects simultaneously
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to draft high quality written materials and correspondence
Proficiency in Excel is highly desired
Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and a willingness to be flexible and do whatever it takes to get the job done
Sound judgment, professional maturity, and the ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and poise
Comfortable independently creating interactive Powerpoint presentations
Comfortable with complex financial spreadsheets
Familiarity with or interest in learning Salesforce.com and other business applications.
Desired experience and interest in marketing, communications and social media
Flexibility, initiative, and entrepreneurial spirit
Business acumen, with a strong interest in learning about business
Project management skills
Ability to work cooperatively and across teams
Ability to effectively prioritize numerous demanding tasks

A Career with Arabella Advisors

We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, fun, transparent, collaborative, and healthy culture. We invite you to visit our careers website to learn more about our people, culture, and work. However, we thought you should know that Arabella is committed to providing excellent benefits to our employees. For you and your eligible dependents, we pay 100% of premiums and in-network deductibles for health, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide you disability coverage; life insurance; personal and volunteer leave time; a 401K match that you are eligible to receive when you start; $1,500 a year for professional development; and a fitness benefit.

We are also committed to building a firm that is diverse and inclusive. We invite our clients and employees to be fully themselves. By integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work, we benefit from increased knowledge, creativity, flexibility, and organizational and individual growth. We expect all Arabella staff to share this commitment.


Candidates must submit a resume and one-page cover letter to be considered for the position. The cover letter must address why you want to work at Arabella and why this is your dream job. We will disregard candidates that do not submit the appropriate materials.

While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses.

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