The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking a dynamic Senior Program Associate to join our Food Initiative.
The Foundation is seeking a Senior Program Associate (PA) to join the Foundation’s Food team. The Senior PA will contribute to the development and execution of a multi-year initiative to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. In particular, the role will support the development of a strategy to influence the global protein economy and provide equitable access to high-quality, nutrient dense foods. Candidates for the position should be excited about exploring a range of solutions to sustainably meet projected increases in the demand for protein and micronutrient-rich foods. This will require working with the Food team and other Foundation staff—as well as a broader community of grantees, experts, and partners—to design the strategy and launch new work. These partnerships could take a variety of forms, ranging from traditional grant structures to strategic partnerships to innovative financing mechanisms.
In addition to supporting the Food Strategy Lead to develop the strategy, the Senior PA will be responsible for helping to manage the Food team’s portfolio of grants, supporting external partnership development, and conducting targeted analysis on key topics as needed. This role will be critical in enabling the Foundation to achieve our next phase of impact in the food and agriculture space. A successful candidate will bring experience working in the global food system and a foundational knowledge of key issues, trends and actors. To be effective in this role, the candidate must be able to advance work independently. He/she should bring a passion and energy for discovering food and agriculture solutions that can create lasting impact.
The Senior PA is based in New York, NY and will report to the Senior Associate Director & Food Strategy Lead.
None at this time. Possible future supervision of interns, analysts and/or contractors for the Food Initiative.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Internal Project Management & Strategy Development
Surfaces new developments, innovations and trends in the global food system by reading key reports, regularly engaging experts and attending key conferences and events
Advances internal integration and alignment with other relevant areas of work (e.g. Asia and Africa regional teams), supporting coordination with key internal stakeholders
Supports engagement with outside experts and advisors, including preparing communications and materials, facilitating discussions and managing relationships for the team
Applies strategic insight to synthesize these insights into specific inputs and actionable recommendations for the Food team’s strategy and priorities
Enables effective team-level knowledge management, which includes documenting the evolution of RF’s strategy and helping to surface and frame strategic choices
Supports the Senior Associate Director, Food in internal processes such as budget management, business plan reporting, and communications as needed
Grantmaking & Opportunity Assessment
Research and analysis for strategy development
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
Education, Training and Experience:
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