Are you passionate about research and improving philanthropy?
Knight Foundation’s Learning and Impact team seeks an intellectually curious and data driven researcher, a process-oriented project manager and a detail-focused administrator to advance and support the department’s investments in original and independent research and assessments of Knight’s grant making. You will report directly to the vice president of Learning and Impact.
Knight Foundation seeks to be a more effective social investor through insights that can drive impact in the fields and communities where we work, and we believe the greatest impact comes from sharing insights widely.
The Learning and Impact team leads the foundation in cultivating and applying insights through assessments and research. We assess our investments to understand their impact and to monitor progress on our grant assumptions, goals, and equity and inclusion. By doing this, we aim to further the impact, guide our future investments and, through shared knowledge, assist grantees and others in the fields where we work. We commission original research and support independent research to add to the general understanding of the present and future of informed and engaged communities.
You will play a critical role in better understanding the opportunities and challenges our fields and communities face and will leverage that knowledge to support the future vision and strategy of Knight’s programs.
Lead small and support large research and assessment projects, including assisting in the contracting of and project management of implementation work completed by external consulting and evaluation firms.
Manage a small portfolio of research grants and support the management of the larger L&I grant portfolio.
Collect, analyze and share data from Knight’s grant making system, grantees, staff and external sources.
Perform the research and data analysis required to recommend thoughtful courses of action to leadership.
Partner with the communications team to distribute research, including planning research presentations.
Facilitate the timely flow of information by liaising and partnering with other foundation departments.
Assist the vice president in planning, managing and improving team operations, including budgeting and workload planning.
Things we look for in a successful candidate:
Believes in Knight Foundation’s mission.
Applies intellectual horsepower to concepts and complexity.
Demonstrated mastery in data analysis, research and developing presentations.
Able to assist in scoping projects, developing schedules, holding vendors accountable and to execute on multiple projects simultaneously.
Relates well to and builds rapport with colleagues at all levels of the organization, vendors and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Learns quickly when facing new problems and enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks.
Uses rigorous logic, methods and honest analysis to solve difficult problems.
Strong written and verbal communications skills.
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
Our approach is inclusive and non-partisan; we value freedoms of speech and the press, and we often embrace new and innovative technology to achieve our goals. The qualities we look for are openness to new ideas; courage to push for change; and the expertise and tenacity to achieve the desired results. Tell us what excites you about this opportunity and why you are right for it.
Local candidates preferred.