Talent Relationship Manager

The Rockefeller Foundation
New York
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Veronica Olazabal

The Foundation is seeking an Associate to support measurement, monitoring and evaluation for the Foundation’s work and to provide strategic support to projects that aim to strengthen the Foundation’s impact.  This Associate role on the Foundation’s Organizational Performance team offers the rare opportunity to work closely with multiple functions and teams across the Foundation to drive performance, learning and results.

The Organizational Performance Team works with staff, grantees and partners to track and assess the work of the Foundation in the short- and long-term, to capture lessons about what does – and doesn’t – work across the portfolio, and to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of how the Foundation uses its resources.  The team supports early stage programmatic work in using monitoring data and emerging insights to assess risks and guide strategic choice-making and adaptive management so appropriate course corrections are made along the way.  At later stages, the team supports longer-term monitoring and evaluation to enable consolidation and responsible exit, while generating an evidence base of what the Foundation is learning across its strategic goals (building Resilience and advancing more Inclusive Economies) and its focus areas (Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, Transform Cities, and Advance Health).  In addition, the Organizational Performance team supports the Foundation’s non-programmatic teams – including Operations and Communications – in tracking and delivering on support for programs, as well as responsible stewardship of the Foundation’s institutional assets.

The Measurement and Organizational Performance Associate will play a critical role supporting data analysis and managing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) grantee relationships to help improve how the Foundation measures, monitors, evaluates, and strengthens its results.  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.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Support measurement designdata analysis, and course correction related to organizational performance (~55-75% of time) to enable programmatic and institutional improvement, learning, adaptive management and decision-making

For early stage program work, collaborate with Strategy and Strategic Planning colleagues to support initiative teams in conceptualizing, designing and planning right-sized and feasible measurement strategies.
Support ongoing adaptive management of programmatic and non-programmatic work by harvesting, analyzing, synthesizing and visualizing data – including from monitoring and evaluation products and processes – into dashboards and other tools.
Help enable programmatic and non-programmatic teams to engage in constructive, critical inquiry into and analysis of data, and support the creation of related toolkits or processes relevant to multiple teams across the Foundation.
Support continuous efforts to improve data accuracy and quality, including projects to strengthen how the Foundation captures, stores, and uses data.
Manage monitoring and evaluation (M&E) grant making and relationships (~25-30% of time) that generate ongoing data and analysis to help build a solid evidence base related to the Foundation’s work

Lead the search for new measurement, monitoring and evaluation partners including shaping Request for Proposals (RFPs) and anchoring other procurement processes to ensure timely, right-sized, fit-for-purpose sourcing of M&E capacity and expertise.
Manage ongoing relationships and engagements with current M&E grantees and partners, arranging and leading regular check-ins with M&E teams and tracking, reviewing and processing M&E grantee reports and deliverables.
Ensure the generation of high quality and strategic M&E content through regular communication with M&E grantees, proactively harvesting strategic insights as the work is operationalized for integration into initiative dashboards, Board reports and other organizational updates as needed.
Coordinate with the team’s M&E Knowledge Specialist who will ensure that select M&E deliverables are turned into knowledge products to be disseminated internally and with the field.
Provide targeted strategic support to priority organizational teams and projects (up to ~15% of time) designed to improve the Foundation’s effectiveness and efficiency.

On an ad hoc basis, support projects identified through measurement, monitoring and evaluation work to help teams and/or the organization better achieve its goals and use its resources, sometimes in collaboration with the Strategy and Strategic Planning team.

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

Exemplary analytical and communication skills needed to cull qualitative and quantitative data and synthesize emerging insights for initiative or team dashboards
Ability to visualize data in creative, compelling and engaging ways to a wide range of audiences to inform strategic decision-making and action
Experience with hypothesis-driven problem solving; comfort distinguishing “signal from noise” and pushing through conceptual ambiguity to distill key indicators and insights
Attention to detail and ability to logic check across diverse information sources and stress-test key assumptions and potential implications
Ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders with distinct vantage points
A results-oriented, entrepreneurial mindset, with an ability to work experiment and iterate rapidly, both independently as a self-starter, as well as in teams
Experience setting and meeting deadlines, including multi-tasking and dynamically setting work priorities among competing needs
Sound, mature judgment and integrity, with a direct, honest, respectful and empathetic approach and ability to effectively provide and receive feedback
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
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with strong analytical, research and writing skills required.
At least 3 years of experience managing data analysis for strategic decision-making in a not-for-profit or socially responsible market-based organization, ideally with experience aggregating and analyzing data at multiple levels or vantage points (e.g., local vs. national; national vs. regional or global).
Knowledge of and experience with timely monitoring and evaluation for evidence-based decision-making, ideally gained through a combination of applied field work and formal training.
Knowledge of and experience with common approaches to strategic analysis and project management, including how to right-size data requirements based on the questions at hand and how to structure work accordingly.
Experience working in a range of teams and managing complex stakeholder environments.
Experience in coordinating data collection processes, and designing and implementing innovative tech-enabled data collection tools and systems across multiple contexts.
Field experience in emerging markets strongly preferred, whether in international development, non-profit, or socially responsible market-based organizations.
Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and data visualization software.

Communication: Excellent interpersonal abilities; good listening skills; writing and verbal skills; assertiveness in presenting ideas. Clarity in written and oral presentations.

Analysis:  Ability to identify and solve complex problems based on available information.

Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities; uses analytical and problem-solving skills; takes initiative and strives for results; able to prioritize

Execution: Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; sense of urgency and responsibility; ability to multi-task and work under pressure; detail oriented and anticipatory nature

Integration: Accesses functional and substantive expertise organizationally; demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration

Leadership: Ability to think innovatively and creatively; negotiation skills; demonstrates accountability

Partnership and Relationship Building: Mature professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building

Strategic Ability: Anticipates future opportunities and consequences, demonstrates innovative approach to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan

The Rockefeller Foundation offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  The Foundation provides a very generous package of benefits.

Additional Information

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