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Senior Associate, Planning & Evaluation

Position Summary

The Senior Associate, Planning & Evaluation (P&E) manages the department’s performance data systems, analyzes and interprets performance data, communicates the department’s work to colleagues, and provides research support for strategic planning and grant assessment initiatives.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Manages and ensures the quality of the department’s grant monitoring and performance data and its systems. Leads enhancement initiatives, coordinating feedback and implementation with input from colleagues in P&E, Grantmaking, Program/Grant Operations and Information Technology. Manages vendors and data providers.
  • Analyses, interprets and reports grantee performance using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Provides high-quality primary and secondary research and analysis that supports strategic planning, evaluation and learning initiatives.
  • Communicates work to Grantmaking team colleagues and collects their feedback. Leads the department’s interactions with Grantmaking team Associates.
  • Oversees the department’s administrative operations, including: managing P&E contracts, documenting expenses and budgets, coordinating meetings/travel, and reviewing documents.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • Enthusiasm for program assessment and learning, professional knowledge of and personal interest in the Foundation’s Science and the Big Questions funding area is essential.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience matching the responsibilities noted above.
  • Demonstrated analytical and research skills, with the ability to perform qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Strong ability to take initiative, work independently, and work collaboratively with people from diverse professional backgrounds.
  • High attention to detail, ability to multi-task and excellent organizational skills, including demonstrated process management experience.
  • Skilled communicator – able to work with professionals across internal departments and external stakeholders, including scientists, scholars and practitioners.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability to learn new computer programs.
  • Demonstrates professionalism, dedication and humility.
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