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The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking a 2022 Summer Associate to join our Strategic Learning & Impact team. The Strategic Learning & Impact team works with Foundation staff, grantees, and partners to set clear strategies, measure progress toward impact, and enable adaptation based on insights and lessons learned. As such, the team designs and facilitates the Foundation’s efforts to proactively measure, assess, learn, and share insights from its work. 

We value our Summer Associates and want to invest in and mentor future leaders who will grow personally and professionally and generate impact in the social sector. As a Summer Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation, you will have the chance to contribute to our initiatives through engaging, meaningful work assignments. 

Please Note: 

  • This position is open to graduate students only.
  • Submission of a cover letter is required.
  • The 2022 summer program will run 10-12 weeks, with exact dates to be determined.
  • This position will be based in our New York office; however, the program is planned to remain remote.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strategy: Partner closely with Strategic Learning & Impact team members to provide input into ongoing strategy development, such as developing theories of change, surfacing assumptions, making thinking visible, asking tough questions, analyzing data necessary for strategic choice-making, and right-sizing goals.
  • Measurement and evaluation: Support the design and execution of measurement and evaluation plans; help identify potential third-party evaluation and learning partners.
  • Strategic learning: Synthesize complex data into timely insights that serve learning needs and inform strategic decision making; collaborate with program, Legal, and Communications staff, as well as grantees and external stakeholders, to translate findings into high quality knowledge products that support shared learning internally and externally; support the design and execution of Foundation processes that enable shared learning, reflection, strategy improvement, and knowledge management
  • Innovation: Help the Foundation keep abreast of strategic learning and evaluation trends and emerging approaches (such as equitable evaluation, systems thinking, lean data methods, facilitation techniques, etc.)

Education, Training and Experience

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following areas: business, technology, public policy, government, international development, or a related discipline.
  • Strategy development, strategic planning, measurement, and evaluation, and/or strategic learning experience in the philanthropic, not-for-profit, and/or private sectors.
  • Comfort analyzing, synthesizing, visualizing, and communicating complex information (both quantitative and qualitative) in a pragmatic and compelling manner to a wide range of audiences.
  • Content expertise in one or more of the Foundation’s areas of programmatic work including public health, energy, climate, food systems and nutrition, innovative finance, and economic opportunity preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint,, Mural, and data visualization software preferred and ability to learn new applications quickly. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be a proactive self-starter. 
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. 
  • 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.

As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being TransparentOptimisticAccountableCollaborative, 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.