Senior Strategy Associate

Fidelity Foundations
Boston, MA, USA
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The Fidelity Foundations are a group of private foundations that fund a diverse set of programs on a national scale. The Foundations are committed to advancing the long-term vibrancy of communities through capacity-building investments in non-profits from across arts and culture, education, conservation, health, and economic opportunity. We have a deep history of funding organizations in Boston and New England for over 50 years. We also support non-profits that strengthen the communities in other regions of the country where Fidelity Investments employees live and work.Today, the Foundations are at an important and exciting stage in our organizational history, having grown and evolved in recent years under new leadership. As our strategies and organization continue to develop, we are seeking individuals with skills and expertise that support the advancement and execution of a long-term portfolio of significant and strategic philanthropic investments.As a capacity-building funder, the Foundations seek to make catalytic, lasting investments in non-profits at strategic inflection points and support projects that substantially enhance their impact and sustainability. Our values of integrity, compassion, innovation, and a deep sense of humility guide our grantmaking which is executed quietly, and most grants carry external anonymity.POSITION SUMMARY:
As a member of the Foundations’ Strategy & Impact team, the Senior Associate will partner with program officers to increase the impact and efficiency of grantmaking by conducting research and analysis that guide philanthropic investments. The Senior Associate will contribute to the development of the Foundations’ strategies, while gaining exposure across grant portfolios and supporting organization-wide learning efforts.
Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Facilitating strategy development by taking a data-driven approach and effectively communicating key messages
–> Quantitative and qualitative analysis to deeply understand a sector, region or organization through data analytics, secondary research, and interviews
–> Analysis of issues most pertinent to a regional community and/or of interest to the Foundations, including identification of trends, best practices, opportunities, and gaps
–> Assessment of philanthropic and/or nonprofit landscape for a region or issue
–> Exploration of broader philanthropic and nonprofit trends
–> Supporting projects that help advance strategic grantmaking (e.g., tools for program staff)
–> Collaborating with program officers, Foundation partners, and senior leadership to develop insightful, concise, and clear deliverables that communicate findings and analysis

It is critically important that the Senior Associate be a highly collaborative team player, with a service- orientation who listens and communicates well. In addition, the successful candidate will need to undergo a comprehensive background check.
To be considered, candidates will possess a majority of the following professional and personal attributes and competencies:
• Minimum two years of related work experience, preferably in management consulting; experience in the non-profit sector or philanthropy will also be valued but is not required.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to develop compelling, fact- based narratives.
• Demonstrated ability to tailor communication style and approach to different audiences.
• Interest in and intellectual curiosity about social issues and/or nonprofit landscape in the US.
• Demonstrated critical thinking skills; ability to assess information to draw sound conclusions.
• Ability to move work forward independently and think big picture while applying a keen eye to detail.
• Ability to multi-task and work flexibly and creatively within a fast-moving, complex environment.
• Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with all levels of co-workers.
• Sound judgment, integrity, humility, and respect for confidentiality.
• Demonstrated facility with the Microsoft Office suite tools (e.g., PowerPoint, Excel, and Word),