The Innovation team works with The Rockefeller Foundation’s partners, grantees, and initiative teams to (1) multiply the impact of our programmatic work, prioritizing our health and energy access priorities and (2) position the Foundation for the future by strengthening new capabilities.
We seek a technically savvy, creative, and motivated Associate to join our team. The Associate will work closely with the Innovation Team’s Director and Lead Data Scientists to research, design, and build data products and ventures through a combination of funding, advising, and hands-on quantitative work.
We are currently fully remote, but when restrictions ease, this position is based in New York, NY.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Grant and Contract Administration
- Develop and refine funding concepts to advance (1) the use of data science methods for social good with a special focus on the Foundation’s Initiatives; and (2) responsible and ethical deployment of machine learning tools.
- Shape and guide concepts through the Foundation’s review and approval process, leading due diligence and proposal/budget development with limited oversight.
- Build and maintain strong working relationships with grantees and contractors, proactively identifying challenges and collaboratively developing solutions to enable impact.
- Monitor, track, and report on the performance of grants and contracts in the portfolio to drive measurement, evaluation, and learning.
Quantitative and Technical Research
- Conduct quantitative analysis using data science methods to answer research questions, guide decisions, and evaluate effectiveness.
- Track advances in data science methods through regular review of technical literature and active participation in technical communities and conversations.
- Prepare technical briefings and integrate technical insights into funding strategies.
- Communicate complex data and methods in clear and compelling ways through data visualization and concise writing.
- Draft blogs, op-ed, and research briefs to communicate Innovation work and findings to internal and external audiences.
- Contribute to the design and curation of events and convening to communicate Innovation work.
- Advise Initiative and Operations partners on the data strategy and implementation with guidance from the Director and Lead Data Scientist.
- Assist with diligence for prospective projects, collecting and evaluating technical information and preparing clear and concise guidance to improve funding or vendor selection decisions.
- Support collaborative grants and contracts to meet shared objectives.
Education, Experience and Skills
- Generally expected to have 3-5 years of relevant experience from internships, work, and educational opportunities.
- Bachelors required.
- Technical training in economics, math, computer science, or quantitative methods required.
- Proficient using SQL, R, Python and/or other tools for data munging, analysis, and visualization.
- Demonstrated experience conducting diligence on complex data and technology projects.
- Demonstrated ability to write well and communicate complex information clearly and concisely.
Qualifications and Competencies
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: You are committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.
- Hands-on Technical Experience: You are comfortable analyzing and visualizing a wide range of data using tools including R, Python, and/or Tableau.
- Technical Communication: You’re able to communicate complex concepts and scientific findings in clear and concise language.
- Sound Technical Judgement: You’re able to cut through the hype to evaluate what a new technology or methods does and doesn’t do and apply that knowledge to further social impact.
- Flexibility and Resilience: You enjoy working across multiple domains and are able to manage a diverse portfolio of projects and tasks.
As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being Transparent, Optimistic, Accountable, Collaborative, Trusted and Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.
The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.
The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.