Talent Experience Manager

The Rockefeller Foundation
New York
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The Foundation is seeking an Associate to support strategy development and strategic planning for initiatives, and to provide consultative assistance on other projects that aim to improve the Foundation’s overall impact. The Strategy Associate plays a critical role in helping to design the future work of the Foundation and adaptively managing the current portfolio of work to optimize impact.

The Foundation’s programmatic work is organized into successive stages of refinement called Search, Development, and Execution. The Foundation’s Strategy & Strategic Planning team drives the shaping and testing of new work in the Development phase and supports the effective roll-out and ongoing implementation of initiatives in the Execution phase.

The Strategy Associate role offers the rare opportunity to work closely with multiple functions and teams across the Foundation to drive real impact and offers strong opportunities for professional growth. The role will generate functional experience in the areas of strategy, strategic planning, and program design, in addition to experience in the Foundation’s various issue areas (Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, Transform Cities, and Advance Health). The work will be fast-paced, often ambiguous, and spread across multiple, diverse projects simultaneously. The successful candidate will need to blend flexibility with disciplined execution in their work approach, in order to manage competing demands and deliver high quality work.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Development of strategies for potential new areas of work
Identify key hypotheses surrounding potential new opportunities for the Foundation and design effective means to test them
Support the sourcing and assessment of innovative solutions
Conduct quantitative and quantitative analyses to inform learning and choice-making
Manage relationships and engagements with outside experts, grantees and partners contributing to strategy and strategic plan development

2. Strategic planning support for operationalizing strategies

Advise initiative teams on target setting and implementation planning, including resource management and planning (e.g., budgeting, grant-making plans)
Conduct risk assessment, mitigation planning and monitoring in collaboration with initiative teams and Monitoring and Evaluation
Support ongoing sense-making and learning from the work, in order inform potential shifts in strategy when necessary

3. Support continued refinement and strengthening of adaptive management approach across teams
Continue to enhance organizational capabilities around project management, work planning, team structuring and process planning
Push thought leadership/Foundation perspective on key questions and develop tools that can be used across teams

4. Ad Hoc Strategic/Organization Project Support
Provide bounded strategy and planning support for fast-moving opportunities beyond those that emerge from the Foundation’s pipeline of initiatives
Support ad hoc projects that aim to improve RF impact and performance in areas are critical to Foundation goals and strategy

Comfort and facility building knowledge in unfamiliar domains; ability to quickly establish credibility and apply judgment in new areas of work
Analytical skills to break down complex problems into component parts, in order to better understand underlying patterns and system dynamics
Ability to research, synthesize and integrate disparate pieces of data, analysis, and information
Ability to multi-task and experience dynamically setting work priorities among competing needs; comfort with a changing work environment
Ability to build informal working relationships and mobilize people at all levels towards collaborative goals (including more senior colleagues and external partners)
Excellent communication skills to convey complex information appropriately to stakeholders with different backgrounds and needs, both oral and written
Basic knowledge and broad curiosity about issues that the Foundation seeks to positively impact
An appetite for and sensitivity to working with and in diverse cultures

Education, Training and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in an area requiring integrative and analytical thinking (e.g. Management, Social Sciences, economics, finance, statistics)
Minimum of two years’ strategy and/or strategic planning work experience, ideally with project experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments
Knowledge of and experience with common approaches for research, strategic analysis, project management, and partner engagement; familiarity with hypothesis-driven problem solving
Experience working in a range of teams and managing complex stakeholder environments
Experience delivering high-quality work in a fast-paced environment
Consulting and/or client service experience strongly preferred
International development and/or non-profit exposure strongly preferred
Experience working in global organizations and /or contexts strongly preferred
High proficiency to work, communicate, and write in English is required, with fluency in other languages an asset