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Senior Program Associate, Economic Resilience

The Rockefeller Foundation seeks three Senior Program Associates (Senior PA) to join the Foundation’s U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity (JEO) team. Reporting to the Managing Director, Economic Resilience and Operations, the Senior Program Associates will support the team and contribute to the execution of the place based resilience strategies of the U.S. portfolio of 100 Resilient Cities and the multi-year JEO economic stability and mobility strategy.

The vision of the Foundation’s JEO team is that every person who works should be able to meet the basic needs of their families and have a path to a better future. Through advancing the economic opportunity components of each of our cities’ resilience strategies; identifying and scaling economic policy and programmatic solutions for low wage workers; and mobilizing private investments for people and places we seek to promote economic opportunity for millions of Americans.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and support a portfolio of cities to ensure positive, clear, and productive relationships with city contacts, partners, and grantees.
  • Independently support the JEO engagements within a portfolio of cities to ensure positive, clear and productive relationships with city contacts.
  • Navigate a high degree of complexity in scheduling, organizing and managing meetings, and following up and tracking action items.
  • Plan and manage key external events and activities.
  • In collaboration with the JEO Associate Directors (ADs), oversee and ensure progress of grants and contracts in cities; briefing and elevating on progress, performance, and quality.
  • Coordinate the production of impact stories from JEO grant making with The Rockefeller Foundation’s Communications and Measurement and Evaluation teams.
  • Facilitate city to city learning and exchange in collaboration with the Resilience and Climate focal points and other parts of the organization; promote best practices and knowledge sharing.
  • Work closely with and coordinate grantees and contractors to oversee budgets, resources, and grants.
  • Ensure proper documentation and data management in systems to track city performance.
  • Prepare materials for internal governance approval, review, and communications to the JEO Managing Directors (MDs).
  • Work with the ADs and MDs to identify regionally relevant solutions, tools, funding sources, service providers and other potential partners which can address portfolio of cities’ needs.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for cities and develop relationships with economic development officers, community leaders, philanthropic peers and municipal officials including mayors, city managers, and other senior leaders.
  • Help city officials and the CRO finalize and/or implement the JEO multiyear strategy, resilience strategies; develop relevant tools, and diagnostic frameworks to support the economic opportunity and resilience agenda.
  • Reporting to the Managing Director, Economic Resilience and Operations with accountability to the Associate Director, Place Based Investments.

Education, Experience and Skills

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ related experience in urban planning, economic development, community development, for example.
  • Grantee and grant management experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in and field of study related to urban planning, such as social equity, economic development, community development, entrepreneurship, public health, and/or city management, with an authentic connection to urban resilience and passion for U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity work.
  • The ability to professionally and effectively represent U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity and The Rockefeller Foundation, with strong interpersonal and relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, and strategic partnership building skills.
  • Experience engaging with actors and organizations across a variety of sectors (public, private, philanthropic, nonprofit); strong political acumen and influencing skills for working with senior executives and government officials including mayors and agency heads.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in English is required, and fluency with other portfolio-specific languages is essential, along with the confidence to engage with officials in cities around the U.S.
  • Exceptional project management and operational skills, with the ability to skillfully use software to produce outputs and track outcomes (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, Atlas, etc.) and to deliver projects to deadlines independently and proactively.
  • The ability to effectively collaborate with and across teams, seeking and providing constructive feedback.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork qualities, with excellent listening skills, assertiveness in presenting ideas to others, and an ability to work effectively with others.
  • Proven project management skills, with an ability to work independently, under pressure, and coordinating effectively across multiple stakeholders and projects in order to get things done.
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of The Rockefeller Foundation, reflected in your professional history.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Communication: Excellent interpersonal abilities; excellent listening skills; writing and verbal skills; assertiveness in presenting ideas; able to present ideas to a range of stakeholders in a clear and compelling way.
  • Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities; uses analytical and problem-solving skills; takes initiative and drives for results; able to prioritize.
  • Execution: Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; sense of urgency and responsibility; ability to multi-task and work under pressure; detail oriented.
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.
  • Leadership: Thinks innovatively and creatively; displays negotiation skills; demonstrates accountability
  • Strategic Ability: Anticipates future opportunities and consequences, demonstrates innovative approach to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan.
  • Integration: Accesses functional and substantive expertise organizationally; demonstrates inclusiveness, collaboration.

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