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Research & Evaluation Officer, College Access and Success Program
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is seeking a Research and Evaluation Officer to support the College Access and Success Program for immediate hire. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is a private grant-making foundation based in Omaha, Nebraska. With assets in excess of $3 billion, it is among the largest foundations in the United States. The Foundation’s College Access and Success (CAS) Program enables underserved populations in Nebraska to attend college in-state at no cost. Scholarship support provided by the CAS Program is the Foundation’s longest-standing initiative, reflecting its commitment to equal access to higher education. The Foundation’s other programs support access to family planning services and reproductive choice, in the U.S. and globally. For a full position description, please visit: https://https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/additional-searches/stbf-reofficercas

A hallmark of the Foundation’s culture is to constantly challenge itself and grantees to “think big” while doing so critically and carefully – by questioning, testing, learning, and putting that learning to use. The Foundation has built an environment in which staff are not afraid to fail or change course in light of new information. Moreover, the Foundation approaches investments as partnerships, which they pursue thoughtfully and with humility.

The Research and Evaluation Officer (REO) would be an integral member of the R&E Unit, with a focus on supporting the College Access & Success team program. The Foundation is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion through its programs, collaborations, and research, as well as in the workplace. The REO will conduct technical assessments and study design recommendations; help Programs and grantees formulate research questions and hypotheses; and analyze data in support of programmatic decision-making. Additionally, the R&E Unit is engaged with the Programs to commission expert external evaluators to assess the potential impact of major areas of grant-making. The R&E Unit values diversity and is working to incorporate an equity lens into the way it works internally and externally. The Unit is committed to creating a physical and intellectual environment that is welcoming and values different perspectives and experiences.

The ideal candidate will be committed to ensuring equal access to higher education and creating opportunities for underserved populations. The REO will have expertise/knowledge of higher education systems and one-year post-doctoral or a master’s degree and three years professional experience designing and conducting research and/or evaluation experience in education or a closely related field.

The Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: stbf-reofficerCAS@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
 
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and actively seeks individuals who can offer broader perspectives to our organizational thinking and culture. We value all dimensions of diversity and seek to model the equity and inclusion that we want to see in the world.
 
Position: Research & Evaluation Officer, College Access and Success Program
Organization: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Location: Omaha,  NE 
United States
Salary:
Posting Start Date: 8/12/2020
Date Posted: 8/12/2020
Requirements While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

- A commitment to ensuring equal access to higher education and creating opportunities for underserved populations.
- A commitment to the values of racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an interest in engaging with colleagues and partners from an array of racial/ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations; ability to articulate personal dedication to racial justice and equity.
- Expertise/knowledge of higher education systems (e.g., organization, structure, governance, social contexts) and working with underserved populations preferred.
- At least one-year post-doctoral or a master’s degree and three years professional experience designing and conducting research and/or evaluation experience in education or a closely related field.
- Strong quantitative analysis skills, including an understanding of the concepts and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics, regression analysis, and experimental design. Fluency with modern statistical packages (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS) and experience programming in statistical packages is preferred.
- Strong qualitative analysis skills, including an understanding of design and analysis of interviews, focus groups, and document content analysis.
- Exposure to or understanding of Learning Communities or Improvement Networks preferred.
- Excellent writing, editing, analytic, and oral communication skills, including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings to diverse audiences with myriad perspectives.
- A proactive and engaging personality and an interest in seeking out answers and connections. Demonstrated ability to work closely with team members, establish relationships, and promote a sense of community.
- Intellectual curiosity and an ability to succeed in a demanding environment. Personal integrity, high professional standards, and an ability to establish mutual accountability and respect.
- Energetic, collaborative, flexible style. Strong emotional intelligence. Sense of humor and collegiality
- A willingness to travel as needed, with an expectation of approximately 15-20%.
 
Please note that non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. residential or work permit.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/16/2020
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Organization Information
Name:
Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Address:


Omaha,  NE 68102
United States
Email:
stbf-reofficerCAS@nonprofitprofessionals.com
Phone:
(202) 899-8724
Fax:
Contact:
Allison Kupfer Poteet

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