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.
Are you passionate about driving outcomes and improving philanthropy?
At Knight Foundation we consider learning from and assessing the impact of our grant investments to be key to the success of our work. Further, we believe the insights we glean by assessing outcomes should be shared broadly with the field and communities where we work and beyond.
Our Learning and Impact (L&I) 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 grant assessments. You will report directly to the vice president of Learning and Impact.
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 you will leverage that knowledge to support the future vision and strategy of Knight’s programs.
- Lead small assessments and support large research projects, including assisting in the procurement and project management of work completed by external firms.
- Assist the vice president in planning, managing and improving team operations, including budgeting and workload planning.
- 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 and present research.
- Facilitate the timely flow of information by liaising and partnering with other foundation departments.
Things we look for in a successful candidate:
- Believes in Knight Foundation’s mission.
- Applies intellectual horsepower to concepts and complexity.
- Several years of demonstrated mastery in data analysis, research and developing presentations.
- Ability 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.
How To Apply
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Knight Foundation, visit www.kf.org.
Knight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.