Director/Learning and Impact

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Knight Foundation seeks a leader who is passionate about measuring social impact to serve as director of learning and impact. In this role, you will help develop and steer a research and evaluation agenda in support of the foundation’s learning and impact objectives. 

Reporting to the vice president of learning and impact, you will focus on integrating research and assessment into the foundation’s work to inform and engage communities for a more effective democracy. In this role, you will lead the foundation to define strategic priorities and assess the impact of our investments. You will also commission original research, including polling, and support independent research to gain insight on what informs and engages communities today and in the future. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively drive program teams to define outcomes and develop and complete assessment plans for grant portfolios. 
  • Use frameworks to support and rigorously challenge grant alignment to strategy. 
  • Create a data-driven culture by educating staff on the implications of evidence-based findings. 
  • Commission and direct research and polling that positions the foundation as a thought leader and facilitates the use of evidence and public attitudes to inform decisionmakers. 
  • Develop a strong network of thought leaders with diverse perspectives and participate in field-building initiatives that advance the quality of research and assessment at the foundation and in the sector. 
  • Amplify the visibility of research, polling and assessment findings through public speaking engagements and by partnering with the communications team to distribute products. 
  • Imagine, develop and lead projects with impeccable project management acumen. 
  • Maintain awareness of major developments in the world as they relate to the portfolio; continuously enhance your subject matter expertise to drive impact.

Things we look for in a successful candidate:

  • Five to ten years’ experience designing and directing research projects and literature reviews.
  • A skilled project manager with demonstrated ability to lead seven or more concurrent projects.
  • Ability to translate strategic priorities into high quality deliverables, by working both independently and in coordination with team members.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and adjudicate comments and feedback from multiple stakeholders and adapt research and research products in a way that is responsive to the feedback. 
  • Strong written communications skills, including the ability to edit the work of others for clarity and concision.
  • Proven ability to easily synthesize and communicate verbally about research findings.
  • Ability to relate well to and build rapport with colleagues at all levels of the foundation, vendors and grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Quick learner when facing new problems and one who enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks.

We are social investors who support a more effective democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once published newspapers.

Our approach is inclusive and non-partisan; we value freedoms of speech and the press, and we often embrace new and innovative technology to achieve our goals. The qualities we look for are openness to new ideas; courage to push for change; and the expertise and tenacity to achieve the desired results. 

Knight Foundation offers competitive pay and a generous benefits package, collects and monitors vaccination status, and is an equal opportunity employer.

This is an in-office position located in Miami, FL. 

To apply:

Tell us what excites you about this opportunity and why you are right for it. 

Send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

In the subject line include: KF – Director/Learning and Impact

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