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The William T. Grant Foundation seeks a Research Assistant to join our team. The Foundation is a national funder of high-quality research on children and youth in the United States. Our current focus areas are: 1) programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and 2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in policies and practices that affect youth. Our funding spans various social science disciplines and across child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, employment, youth programs, and education.


The Research Assistant coordinates letters of inquiry (LOI) for research funding; conducts research and writing for the Program department; and provides limited administrative support to Program department staff. The Research Assistant also helps to ensure that information about the Foundation’s interests and grantmaking is accurately reflected in communications materials.


The Research Assistant reports to the Senior Program Officer and works closely with other members in the Program department to foster greater coordination, efficiency, and effectiveness of grants administration and work processes. This is an exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience in addition to a highly competitive benefits package.


Responsibilities:

1.       Coordinate letters of inquiry (LOI) for select grants programs (i.e., Major Research, Officers’ Research, and Requests for Proposals).

a.      Coordinate and administer application and review process. This includes managing deadlines, organizing the internal review process, and corresponding with applicants.

b.      Prescreen applications for fit with Foundation’s interests and funding mechanisms.

c.      Assist in reviewing grants applications to support research.

d.      Assist in writing and updating text pertinent to the grants programs. This includes application, review, award, and reporting documents, as well as information on the website and in newsletters.


2.      Conduct research and writing for the Program department.

a.      Conduct literature searches and reviews.

b.      Maintain library.

c.      Develop written materials to support the Foundation’s interests.

d.      Provide support to staff as they communicate the Foundation’s interests.


3.      Provide additional support for the Program department.

a.      Assist with external communications.

b.      Assist with writing, editing, and proofing documents, including written communication with the Board on specific grant programs.

c.      Assist in coordination of meetings with grantees and others.

d.      Assist with recruiting external reviewers for applications.

e.      Maintain files and databases related to applications, reviews, work processes; and produce reports therefrom.

f.       Provide technical support to applicants.

g.      Evaluate and recommend improvements in application and review process.


4.      Work with Communications staff to help ensure that information about the Foundation’s interests and grantmaking is accurately reflected in communications materials.



5.      Contribute to department operations

a.      Participate in projects and activities, including updating grants procedures and improving our online grants management system.

b.      Contribute to the development of department timelines.



6.      Take on special projects or serve on office workgroups as necessary.


Qualifications:

1.       Bachelor's Degree required.

2.      Strong writing skills required. Editing experience preferred.

3.      Ability to reason scientifically required. Coursework or training in research design and methods preferred. Preferred knowledge of youth-serving systems (e.g., education, juvenile justice, child welfare).

4.      Working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet required. Experience with a grants management software, OneDrive, and SharePoint highly desirable.

5.      Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, including ability to work independently and handle diverse administrative responsibilities, required.

6.      Good communication skills with all levels of internal staff and the public required.

7.      Desired traits include attention to detail, problem-solving ability, sound judgment, initiative, high productivity, maturity, flexibility, collegiality, team player.


About the William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. The Foundation’s focus areas are reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in ways that benefit young people. Its grantmaking centers on high-quality empirical research that has the potential to advance theory, build evidence, and inform policy and practice. The Foundation’s assets were valued at $396 million in January 2021. Our annual budget is in excess of $19 million. The Foundation is based in New York City and has a full-time staff of 19.


Note: We currently are working remotely; however, when we reopen our offices, all staff members are required to work in our New York City office.


Learn more by visiting www.wtgrantfoundation.org or following the Foundation on Twitter: @wtgrantfdn.

The William T. Grant Foundation seeks a Research Assistant to join our team. The Foundation is a national funder of high-quality research on children and youth in the United States. Our current focus areas are: 1) programs, policies, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 17, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

This is an exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience in addition to a highly competitive benefits package.

This is an exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience in addition to a highly competitive benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English is required.

Proficiency in English is required.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10165, USA

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three references to jlui@wtgrantfdn.org. In the subject line, name the job for which you are applying and indicate where you saw this announcement. We are reviewing materials on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.

Submit a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three references to jlui@wtgrantfdn.org. In the subject line, name the job…

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