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Senior Research and Evaluation Officer

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Fidelity Foundations
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Boston, MA

Fidelity Foundations


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Published 19 days ago

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:  

The Fidelity Foundations are a group of private, non-operating foundations that fund a diverse set of programs on a national scale, with a particular focus on Boston and New England. In addition, the Foundations fund nonprofit organizations that strengthen the communities in which Fidelity Investments employees live and work. Our values of integrity, compassion, responsibility, and expertise guide our investments in education, economic opportunity, arts and culture, health, and conservation. 

Today, the Foundations are at an important and exciting stage in their organizational history and are recruiting a new team of experts to support the evolution and development of a long-term portfolio of investments. The Foundations seek to make catalytic, impactful, and lasting investments in non-profits at strategic inflection points. In particular, we support capacity-building projects that substantially enhance the impact and/or sustainability of high performing nonprofits. Grantmaking is executed through quiet giving, and most grants are awarded anonymously.

Learn more about one of our Foundations at http://www.fidelityfoundation.org/

ABOUT THE POSITION:

The Senior Research and Evaluation Officer (SREO) will play a pivotal role in shaping and guiding the trajectory of the Foundations’ evaluation and research work during a period of significant growth. In addition, the SREO will contribute to the development of the Foundations’ sector strategies through comprehensive exploration and analysis of nonprofit landscapes, key drivers, socioeconomic trends and overarching influencers such as policy conditions and structural barriers. 

Reporting to the Vice President for Research, Learning and Evaluation (RL&E), a member of the Foundations’ executive leadership team, the SREO role is a new position at the Foundations. The SREO will use their expertise in strategy development and evaluation to establish approaches, systems and a cycle of continuous improvement to assess grant, program and organizational effectiveness, and to craft an ongoing narrative of learnings for the team, the Trustees, and the field (60% of role). They will also manage strategy and research projects to support the work of the program team across all of the Foundations’ areas of interest (40% of role). 

About Research, Learning and Evaluation: 

The Foundations’ RL&E team strives to utilize consistent monitoring, evaluation, and learning tools to ensure strategies for each of the Foundations’ areas of interest are effective and aligned with the organizations’ core values and goals. RL&E is a growing team and is grounded in the belief that data-driven decision-making, strategic clarity, consistent evaluation and a relentless focus on continuous improvement are at the core of effective philanthropy. The SREO will own all aspects of the Foundations’ evaluation efforts and share research responsibilities with the Foundations’ Senior Research and Learning Officer (SRLO), who manages the Foundations’ analyst program, a distinct set of research projects, and organization-wide learning efforts. 

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Develop and execute a robust evaluation plan for the Foundations, including establishment of processes to capture, analyze and communicate data, and create and facilitate opportunities for step-backs and assessment of lessons learned 
  • Work closely with the SRLO to manage analysts to support strategic planning and a diverse set of research efforts, establishing timelines and working to execute projects across multiple grantmaking portfolios 
  • Communicate research findings, views, and recommendations through regular meetings, reports, and one-on-one direct exchanges with program staff, leadership, and Trustees
  • Gather critical data to monitor tactical and strategic developments 
  • Work with program team to develop research questions and analysis, as well as strategic program recommendations and evaluation targets 
  • Act as a mentor to a team of analysts in support of organizational goals 
  • Engage with consultants and other advisors, managing relationships and providing direction on projects as required
  • Hire, train, and manage additional team members, as necessary

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS:

It is critically important that the SREO be a highly collaborative and collegial team player who listens and communicates well. In addition, the successful candidate will need to undergo a comprehensive background check. 

To be considered, candidates will possess a majority of the following professional and personal attributes and competencies: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, ideally in a quantitative field (e.g., mathematics, economics); Master’s degree in business, finance or a quantitative field a plus 
  • A minimum of eight years of work experience in consulting, nonprofit management, evaluation, or a related field
  • Exceptional strategic acumen, as well as strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to develop compelling, fact-based narratives and engage an executive audience 
  • Ability to work through ambiguity and establish and execute against a vision
  • Management experience and track record of success managing teams to outcomes
  • Sound judgment, integrity, humility and respect for confidentiality are absolute requirements
  • Intellectual curiosity and deep understanding of nonprofit sector 
  • High-level interpersonal skills (e.g., collaborative, diplomatic, able to negotiate and build consensus) 
  • An unwavering belief that all individuals, independent of background, should have the opportunity to thrive economically and educationally, and have access to open spaces and a vibrant artistic and cultural community

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:  

The Fidelity Foundations are a group of private, non-operating foundations that fund a diverse set of programs on a national scale, with a particular focus on Boston and New England. In addition, the Foundations fund…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

The Fidelity Foundations offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an annual performance-based bonus, and a comprehensive benefits package.

The Fidelity Foundations offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an annual performance-based bonus, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Location

On-site
Boston, MA

How to Apply

QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, PLEASE APPLY:

https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/2113

The Fidelity Foundations are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive professional environment. We encourage applications from candidates with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose.

QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, PLEASE APPLY:

https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/2113

The Fidelity Foundations are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive professional environment…

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