Results for America (RFA) is the leading, national nonprofit organization helping policymakers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that, one day, all government leaders use rigorous evidence and quality data to inform important policy and funding decisions. We believe that data-driven and evidence-based policy decisions could significantly increase the impact of the over $1 trillion that governments spend annually to advance economic mobility and racial equity.
Founded in 2012, RFA spent its first three years partnering with policy innovators to build the credibility of evidence-based policymaking, securing early and important wins in education, expanding its work to multiple levels of government and driving awareness and demand through carefully orchestrated education and communication campaigns. During its second phase (2015-2018), RFA worked to demonstrate the power of evidence-based policymaking in ways that resonate with an even broader universe of elected officials and policymakers. Now in its third phase of work, RFA intends to demonstrate that governments at all levels can make faster, more lasting progress in accelerating economic mobility for residents when they use evidence and data in decision-making. By creating specific issue-area wins, RFA will further cement support for evidence-based policymaking among all policymakers as the “new normal.”
This position sits within RFA's local government practice, which applies RFA's overall mission to measure and support cities, counties, and tribal nations in using data and evidence to deliver real change for residents. One of our flagship initiatives is What Works Cities (WWC), a Bloomberg Philanthropies funded initiative that helps city governments across the country improve residents’ lives by using data and evidence effectively to tackle pressing challenges. To accomplish this, we work directly with city leaders and staff through coaching and implementation support, a range of online and in-person learning opportunities, and a growing professional network. This support is guided by What Works Cities Certification, the first-ever national standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government.
What Works Cities Certification assesses cities based on their data-driven decision-making practices, such as whether they are using data to set goals and track progress, allocate funding, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and achieve desired outcomes from contracts with outside vendors. The program also measures whether cities are publicly and transparently communicating about their use of data and evidence. By aspiring toward Certification and implementing the best practices outlined in the program’s 45 criteria, cities across the country are more effectively delivering results for residents. What Works Cities Certification also serves as a national recognition program, which celebrates and accelerates the use of data and evidence in local governments by rewarding achievements and providing a clear path to excellence. Since our launch in 2015, we have helped more than 150 cities make progress on their most pressing issues, from health and public safety to homelessness and blight.
Results for America is seeking a dynamic professional with a passion for improving the performance of city government and strong program development, project management, relationship management, communication and interpersonal skills to join the Certification team, which sits within RFA’s local government division. The senior manager will be crucial in driving the success of the planned international expansion of the What Works Cities Certification program, driving domestic and international demand for the program through the development of a public goods strategy, and working closely with the Network team to successfully support cities participating in the Certification program.
Position Reporting Relationship
The Senior Manager, Certification reports to the Director, Certification.
The responsibilities of the Senior Manager, Certification, include but are not limited to:
Certification program expansion and implementation (45%):
Development and execution of a public goods strategy (25%):
Staff management/development (20%):
Data management and impact (10%):
All RFA employees are expected to participate in the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary and Benefits
At Results for America, all staff members currently receive a compensation package that includes: (1) a salary aligned with RFA’s position level and salary bands and against similar nonprofit organizations; and (2) a suite of benefits that includes a choice of medical and/or vision and dental care, paid time off, a 403b retirement plan with employer match, and education and commuter benefits.
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Results for America (RFA) is the leading, national nonprofit organization helping policymakers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Our mission…
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