Economic Architecture - Partnership Builder

Economic Architecture WDC, District Of Columbia


Position at Ashoka

Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker: a world where all citizens are powerful and contribute to change in positive ways. Ashoka identifies and supports the world's leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an "everyone a changemaker world."

One such emerging framework: Economic Architecture, is dedicated to the premise that we can and should (re)design our markets to serve the public good. And when we do, we have the potential to tap into the drive, ambition, and ingenuity of market participants to solve the problems that are impacting people’s lives. Learn more about the Economic Architecture Project here.

The Economic Architecture Project at Ashoka is building strategic partnerships for the Valuing Homes in Black-Majority Neighborhoods initiative in an effort to support a new generation of structural innovations to address systemic racism in the housing market. The first stage of this new initiative is a mapping project of the most promising innovations across the United States with a collaborative Challenge for innovators with up to $1 million in prize funds. Visit the Challenge website here.

Role Description:

The Partnership Builder will be a core member of the team building partnerships to address the devaluation of homes in Black-majority neighborhoods. The role requires an entrepreneur committed to innovating for the public good. The ideal candidate will have strong conceptual, organizational and writing skills and experience building teams of teams.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in building an initiative to address major market failures domestically and internationally with a focus on addressing structural racism in the U.S. housing market.


  • Lead the Valuing Homes in Black Majority Neighborhoods’ initiative’s effort to search, select and engage prospective partners across the U.S.; 
  • Build the larger team of teams comprised of co-lead partners and core partners. Partners may include social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community groups, philanthropic funders, industry groups and others.
  • Host the on-going design and re-design of our systems for engaging partners with a focus on accountability and transparency.
  • Maintain the highest quality partnerships and team of team membership with a strong rooting in ethics.
  • Cultivate a network of partners with multilateral relationships. 
  • Develop clearly defined goals, objectives and KPIs. 

Knowledge, Qualifications, and Skillsets:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity required.
  • Commitment to inclusive and collaborative team culture required.
  • Demonstrated track record as an entrepreneur. (This does not necessarily mean someone who has started a business. For example, you may have started a social initiative or citizen sector organization.)
  • Demonstrated experience managing diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Experience collaborating across teams, working remotely, across different geographies
    and cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage deliverables in a fast-paced, unstructured environment
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills
  • Strong intellectual curiosity, entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated commitment to social change.

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