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Program Associate, Bellagio & Fellowships

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking an experienced Program Associate to join the Bellagio and Fellowships Team.

The Program Associate, Bellagio and Fellowships, will support the team’s strategy development as well as internal and grantee management.  The role will also support the recently launched Rockefeller Fellowship program.  The role offers a rare opportunity to work closely with multiple functions and teams across the Foundation to drive real impact and offers strong opportunities for professional growth.  The work will be fast-paced, often complex, and spread across multiple, diverse projects simultaneously.  The successful candidate will need to blend flexibility with disciplined execution in their work approach, in order to manage competing demands and deliver high quality work.

As a key part of this history, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, is one of the world’s most notable convening sites for policymakers, practitioners, influential scholars, artists, writers and scientists, to advance ideas and social innovation.  Building on its rich history, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio and Fellowships team is a leading identifier and generator of the intellectual capital needed to solve the globe’s most pressing problems, and a convener of those driving solutions to help maximize their impact – all in service of our beneficiaries and our mission to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world.  Our activities include: curating world class convenings and other events in Bellagio and around the world; delivering a high quality Bellagio residency and conference program; managing the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship program; and launching and managing our planned new alumni network and publishing platform/journal.  The Bellagio and Fellowships team is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Policy and Advocacy unit, also comprised of regional offices in Asia and Africa, and the policy, communications, partnerships, and program influence and campaigns teams.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal Management and Strategy Development Support:
    • Support internal management by advising on target setting, implementation and process planning and project management
    • Prepare presentation documents for internal or external meetings
    • Prepare materials for Quarterly Reviews, Board Meetings, BPR etc.
    • In coordination with GPA, support executive team in budget preparation including narratives, presentations and excel files
    • Conduct quantitative and quantitative analyses to inform learning and choice-making
    • Conduct risk assessment, mitigation planning and monitoring in collaboration with Monitoring and Evaluation team
    • Support other projects that aim to improve RF impact and performance in areas that are critical to goals and strategy
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Support
    • Support Fellowship selection and grant making process
    • Liaise with Legal, Finance, Communications, Grants Management, and other teams as needed to ensure success of the Fellowship and associated grants
    • Prepare and manage Fellows activities and gatherings throughout the year associated with the Fellowship Program
    • Serve as a point person for selected Fellows throughout their Fellowship term on all their administrative questions and requests
    • Prepare all materials (including digital/website materials) for the Fellowship including information for potential and selected Fellows; internal communications for RF staff, for RF Board review, and to inform decision-making by senior staff; as well as external messaging about the Fellowship
    • Support Managing Director/Senior Advisor to ensure a strong working relationship with the Fellows
  • RF Initiatives Engagement
    • With the Managing Director and Senior Advisor, help support the development of convening strategies for the various RF initiatives, using the Bellagio Center as an anchor but also encompassing other locations/platforms.  This will require sustaining well-informed relationships with each initiative around  how convening can advance each of their missions
    • Support Managing Director and Senior Advisor by serving as a liaison with RF initiatives
    • Support use of Bellagio by RF Fellows

Supervision Received

This position reports to the Senior Advisor, Bellagio and Fellowships

Supervision Exercised



 Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in an area requiring analytical thinking (e.g. Management, Social Sciences, Economics, Finance, Business)
  • Masters/Advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in policy and global affairs
  • Dual degree business/policy a plus
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ work experience, ideally with project and/or strategy experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments
  •  Demonstrated track record in building new work, strategies, or programs from early visioning to successful execution
  • Effective written and oral communication skills across programmatic, geographic, cultural and other differences
  • Excellent presentation skills with a track record of success in presenting to senior management and groups of employees
  • Strong working knowledge of power point/excel and databases
  • Experience setting priorities in dynamic environment
  • Experience working in global organizations and /or contexts strongly preferred
  • Has the ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented, collaborative and collegial environment
  • Experience communicating with senior staff to inform decision making
  • The position is based in New York. Some travel required

Key Competencies

  • Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task with an attention to detail
  • Comfort and facility building knowledge in unfamiliar domains; ability to quickly establish credibility and apply judgment in new areas of work
  • Analytical skills to break down complex problems into component parts
  • Ability to research, synthesize and integrate disparate pieces of data, analysis, and information
  • Ability to adapt, multi-task and experience dynamically setting work priorities among competing needs; comfort with a changing work environment
  • Ability to build informal working relationships and mobilize people at all levels towards collaborative goals (including more senior colleagues and external partners)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage confidential and proprietary information with discretion and a high level of professional judgement 
  • Excellent communication skills to convey complex information appropriately to stakeholders with different backgrounds and needs, both oral and written

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