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Executive Assistant, Food Initiative

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking an experienced Executive Assistant to join the Food initiative.

The Executive Assistant will support the Managing Director, Food Initiative, and contribute to the development and execution of a multi-year initiative to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. The Executive Assistant joins a dynamic team dedicated to designing a future food system vision prize, managing a portfolio of grants, supporting external partnership development, and conducting targeted analysis on key topics as needed. This role will be critical in enabling the Managing Director and the Food team to achieve our next phase of impact in the food and agriculture space. To be effective in this role, the candidate must be able to advance work independently.

The Executive Assistant reports to the Managing Director, Food Initiative. The Executive Assistant (EA) will provide administrative support, coordination and organizational support for the Food team. The EA will partner closely with key administrative staff on behalf of the MD, overseeing the calendar and schedule, planning meetings and related organizational events. Will work on Executive level presentation and materials including Board Presentations, the budget and forecast, and be a key point person in the MD’s office regarding any sensitive or confidential matters. Effectively manages the MD’s schedule, time, conference calls and travel plans. Creates agendas for key meetings for the MD, and is able to document and summarize complex content in a clear and actionable fashion.

The EA serves as an important partner working collaboratively with colleagues and teams across the entire Foundation. The EA knows instinctively and intuitively how to prioritize requests and information to enable the MD to function to their highest ability. Internally and externally, they are an important ambassador for the Foundation representing the organization as needed.

Location: New York, NY

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides senior level administrative support services and is a key partner to the Managing Director.
  • Manages the MD’s time, schedule and calendar. Supports team members as needed with travel and scheduling.
  • Working with the rest of the food team assists in creating agendas for the Food team’s meetings as well as for their one-on-one meetings with the MD. Serves as the heart of coordination and logistics in the execution of critical administrative duties and responsibilities for the MD.
  • Ensures that the MD’s office and technology and any tools or equipment they require to successfully and flawlessly perform their work is operating effectively. To this end, coordinates with other departments in the organization to support the MD with Employee Services, IT and any other infrastructure groups necessary to support the team.
  • Working with the MD, coordinates work between the Food team and other Foundation teams, and helps to create a smooth process of information exchange between teams.
  • Actively builds relationships across the Foundation with other key leaders and their senior level administrators and maintains a close and highly responsive partnership with a busy MD.
  • Assists the MD, and other members of the team in creating high level presentations and any other documentation required on an ongoing basis. This includes but is not limited to: Board Presentations, budgets and forecasts, complex schedules and events and travel and expense documents.
  • Serves as an active ambassador of the team inside and outside of the Foundation, contributing to creating a positive values-driven culture that engages managers and staff across the Foundation and ensures that the organization’s people are aligned with the Foundation’s new vision, direction and strategy.
  • Assists the MD, to be sure they have any data and information they need for Board Meetings, Business Process Review meetings, any other management meetings.
  • Works on special projects as directed by the MD.

 Education, Experience and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of executive level administrative experience in supporting an Executive Leader is required. As is previous work in a complex, fast-paced and highly professional role and global organization with multiple offices and with a strong mission and focus on people or a related role in a not-for-profit organization focused on a highly dynamic, evolving organization and work environment.
  • Direct experience in managing sensitive and confidential matters with a high level of professionalism and grace under pressure is strongly preferred.
  • Work effectively both independently, as well as, in a team-oriented, collaborative and collegial environment.
  • Has the ability to identify, prioritize and manage agendas, employee communications, high level presentations and documents for a fast-moving, ever changing department and leadership challenge.
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills and is effective in developing positive and productive relationships with all levels of staff and management across the organization.
  • Proven experience working effectively as part of a team and autonomously.
  • Proven excellent project management and organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver high quality, accurate work on time.
  • Has experience within a highly collaborative, dynamic organization and in an entrepreneurial environment where building policies, program and processes are necessary. Demonstrated technical proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • International work experience a plus, proven intercultural competence.

 Qualifications and Competencies

  • Communication: Excellent interpersonal abilities; outstanding listening skills, writing and verbal skills; Awareness of reputation, positioning and brand management.
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Sensitive to organizational culture, strong professional representation of the Foundation. Strategic partnership building, adaptable and flexible. Commitment to The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission and core values.
  • Strategy: Highly strategic mindset with ability to identify and prioritize what’s important in any project, demonstrates innovative approaches to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan.
  • Project Management: High operational and project management ability; proactive. Sound, mature judgment, integrity, and respect for others.
  • Decision-Making: Analytical and strong problem-solving abilities, takes initiative, drives for results, ability to prioritize work, communicates problems and proposes solutions, as appropriate.
  • Execution: Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; ability to multi-task and work under pressure; detail oriented. Sense of urgency and responsibility, flexible work style; a self-started who can work independently as well as in and across teams.
  • Passion and Optimism: Deep enthusiasm for the mission and people of the Foundation; entrepreneurial energy around connecting an engaged staff with the overall impact of the Foundation’s work.

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