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Posted 01/18/2017

Vice President of Health Care (Houston, TX, Washington, D.C., or New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Vice President of Health Care

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Houston, TX, Washington, D.C., or New York NY

LJAF seeks to build a small team to radically improve the U.S. health care system. We have been making philanthropic investments in Health Care for over three years and are ready to bring in a proven leader to manage this important portfolio.  We are seeking a Vice President of Health Care who will lead our Health Care work and be responsible for further developing LJAF’s Health Care strategy to positively transform the U.S. health care system from the biggest spending system to the best in quality. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, and managing current investments. The Vice President of Health Care will play a key role in defining and implementing LJAF’s strategic plan for philanthropic investment within the sector and will report directly to LJAF’s two Executive Vice Presidents.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors and Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer to refine LJAF’s Health Care strategy and areas of focus
  • Recruit, lead and manage LJAF’s Health Care Team
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to transform the U.S. health care system
  • Present and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring the performance of grantees
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Senior-level and practical experience working in the U.S. health care system
  • Proven ability to think transformationally about the health care system and to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to bring disparate constituents together and build consensus
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to understand technical and theoretical concepts
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. health care system
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team-oriented and collaborative yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in business, health care administration, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Vice President of Health Care.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 01/17/2017

Director of Communications (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems. 

Position: Director of Communications

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, Texas

Core Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a spokesperson and point of contact for media interactions
  • Actively develop and maintain media relationships to support coverage of LJAF initiatives, projects, or other public announcements
  • Manage, review, and edit external communications
  • Work with policy experts, the LJAF Senior Leadership Team, and the LJAF Board of Directors to develop print communications, including solution papers, policy perspectives, written public testimony, press releases, presentations, marketing materials, electronic communications, and other publications
  • Provide regular communications updates to the LJAF Board of Directors
  • Organize and oversee documentation of LJAF’s communications-related activities
  • Manage communications consultants

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in successfully managing comprehensive strategic communications and media relations in order to advance an organization’s mission and objectives
  • Proven ability to proactively build and maintain relationships with individuals at top-tier media outlets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to collaborate with senior management and the LJAF Board of Directors
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Extensive writing and editing experience involving a variety of print and electronic communications platforms
  • Ability to evaluate complex information and provide sound communications recommendations
  • Ability to appreciate and analyze both the broad framework and specific details of a variety of ideas and projects

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven to 10 years of experience as a professional writer, journalist, or in a related communications role
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Communications. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 11/15/2016

Grants Budget Manager (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Grants Budget Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, TX

LJAF’s grants team is dedicated to supporting LJAF’s programmatic teams throughout the full grantmaking life cycle—from developing grant proposals for LJAF’s Board of Directors’ approval to vetting compliance items, drafting grant agreements, and managing active grants. The Grants Budget Manager will be responsible for reviewing and monitoring all grant budgets and spending.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Review and assess prospective and active grantees’ budgets for reasonableness, accuracy, and compliance with LJAF’s grant requirements, nonprofit laws, and industry standards
  • Manage and actively participate in the complete grantmaking process, including evaluation of grant proposals and agreements for budget-related compliance, to monitoring and reviewing ongoing financial activity across hundreds of grants
  • Negotiate with prospective grantees to achieve cost-efficient budgets
  • Manage internal and external relationships, information, inquiries, and deadlines related to potential and existing grants
  • Research, organize, and analyze financial information and trends for potential and existing grants, consultants, and programmatic investments

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, with a minimum of six years in Accounting, Business, or Finance; advanced degree(s) preferred
  • Understanding of and commitment to LJAF’s mission and program areas
  • Strong, effective financial, managerial, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; to prioritize and complete a multitude of varied duties in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner; and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Proactive, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and mission-driven attitude and approach
  • Creativity and rigor in finding strategic, practical, clear solutions to complex issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Positive, professional, and team-oriented

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Grants Budget Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 11/15/2016

Director of Grants Management (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Grants Management

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, TX

LJAF’s grants team is dedicated to supporting LJAF’s programmatic teams throughout the full grantmaking life cycle—from developing grant proposals for LJAF’s Board of Directors’ approval to vetting compliance items, drafting grant agreements, and managing active grants. The Director of Grants Management will be responsible for managing LJAF’s grantmaking processes and grants team.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Design, manage, and continuously improve LJAF’s grants policies and procedures
  • Lead the grants team
  • Implement and maintain LJAF’s grants, contracts, and projects system, Salesforce (foundationConnect), to improve organizational efficiency
  • Support legal and financial compliance for all LJAF grants and other initiatives
  • Forecast and track LJAF grant and programmatic spending
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s programmatic teams, senior leadership, and Board to constantly improve LJAF’s grantmaking processes

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in management and grantmaking, preferably grantmaking in a variety of contexts as both a grantor and grantee (e.g., private foundation, university, and/or government entity)
  • Advanced degree(s) preferred in relevant fields such as business, accounting, or law, with a proven commitment to public service
  • Strong, effective managerial, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of compliance rules and operations for tax-exempt organizations
  • Proactive, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and mission-driven attitude and approach
  • Ability to negotiate, analyze, and clearly communicate technical legal, financial, and policy issues and find strategic, practical, clear solutions to those complex issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; to complete a multitude of varied duties in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner; and thrive in a fast-paced environment

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Grants Management. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 11/11/2016

Criminal Justice Manager (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position:Criminal Justice Manager

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Office: New York, New York

LJAF’s Criminal Justice initiative aims to reduce crime, increase public safety, and ensure the criminal justice system operates as fairly and cost-effectively as possible. In order to achieve these goals, LJAF develops, incubates, and spreads innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges.

Core Responsibilities:
The Criminal Justice Manager will be responsible for analyzing, pursuing, and incubating high-impact projects in the field of criminal justice. The Manager will also work with the Vice President and Directors of Criminal Justice to develop and document the overall strategy for the Criminal Justice team.  The Manager will report to the Vice President of Criminal Justice.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Vice President and Directors of Criminal Justice to identify areas in which LJAF’s philanthropic investment could lead to transformative change in the criminal justice system
  • Researching, developing, and evaluating potential projects within the Criminal Justice teams’ focus areas.
  • Drafting documents for LJAF’s Board and other members of the Criminal Justice team, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports
  • Working on targeted strategic projects for the Criminal Justice team
  • Managing grants or investments approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees and partners to develop strategic plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring grantees’ or partners’ performance

Essential Skills, Experience, & Abilities:

  • A minimum of three years of work experience, preferably in positions involving a significant volume of writing or communications for varied audiences
  • Undergraduate Degree required. Advanced degree preferred in a relevant field such as public policy, criminal justice, law or economics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with experts in various fields
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial work environment
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong leadership skills and self-motivation

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Criminal Justice Manager. The deadline for applications is December 9, 2016.

Posted 07/21/2016

Criminal Justice Research and Policy Intern (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

 Position: Criminal Justice Research and Policy Intern
At least 16 hours per week, September 2016-June 2017

Compensation: Competitive hourly wage, based on qualifications 

Location: New York, New York

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, drafting, and editing documents regarding criminal justice issues and projects for both internal and external use
  • Drafting and editing communications materials, such as research summaries, presentations, project descriptions, and website updates
  • Researching, drafting, and editing documents for LJAF’s Board and Criminal Justice team, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports
  • Working with the Criminal Justice team to identify and evaluate grant opportunities
  • Working on targeted strategic projects for the Criminal Justice team
  • Working with the Criminal Justice team to identify ideas and opportunities for communications and publicity surrounding LJAF’s criminal justice projects
  • Assisting the Criminal Justice team with administrative support

Essential Skills, Abilities, and Qualities:

  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, and mission-driven attitude
  • Passion for criminal justice reform
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience in research, writing, and editing
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Ability to grasp technical and theoretical concepts and interpret research materials
  • Proactive and open to embracing new challenges
  • Organized, diligent, and attentive to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and other standard computer software

Educational Background and Preferred Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in law school or in a graduate school program in criminal justice or public administration
  • Previous work experience in fields such as criminal justice, public policy, law, business, communications, or philanthropy

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Criminal Justice Research and Policy Intern.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 06/20/2016

Venture Development Manager (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Venture Development Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, TX

LJAF’s Venture Development team is pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities that fall outside of LJAF’s existing programmatic areas. While LJAF’s other departments are comprised of policy experts in specific fields, members of the Venture Development team specialize in analyzing complex processes and work to identify new ways to address the underlying inefficiencies of dysfunctional systems within many sectors including, but not limited to, health care, nutrition, education technology, electoral reform, and more.

The Venture Development Manager will help shape LJAF’s approach to addressing a wide range of critical social issues.  As part of this, the Manager will help to design and develop high-leverage philanthropic strategies, identify promising projects that support the department’s overall portfolio, and execute other strategic objectives as defined by the Vice President of Venture Development.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Identify, evaluate, and develop new, high-leverage strategies to address issues outside of LJAF’s existing grant-making areas
  • Recommend charitable investments/grant opportunities to LJAF’s Board; source and screen potential projects, work with organizations to shape proposals, and present opportunities to Board
  • Collaborate with the Venture Development team and LJAF’s Board to shape the team’s strategic objectives
  • Develop and present research summaries on high-priority topics to team members and LJAF’s Board
  • Manage relationships with grantees, experts, and key stakeholders
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board; work with grantees to develop strategic plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor grantees’ performance
  • Draft grant agreements, including detailed budgets, timelines, and milestones
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as needed by Venture Development leadership

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Minimum of three years of experience in fields such as strategy/management consulting, investment analysis, public policy, or entrepreneurial endeavors (start-ups, incubators, etc.)
  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as business, policy analysis, economics
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to think beyond the status quo and design innovative strategies for positive change
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Ability to grasp technical and theoretical concepts
  • Organized, diligent, and attentive to detail
  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, mission-driven attitude
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proactive, independent self-starter; able to balance multiple priorities and open to embracing new challenges

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Venture Development Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 05/12/2015

Director of Public Accountability (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Public Accountability

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Houston, TX

The Public Accountability team is focused on improving the efficiency and efficacy of the public sector. We support initiatives that help governments and nonprofits make decisions based on data and evidence as well as projects that promote fiscal sustainability and the effective oversight of public funds. As part of the Public Accountability team, the Director will be responsible for developing, managing, and supporting activities in LJAF’s Public Accountability portfolio. This portfolio currently includes investments in the areas of retirement policy, tax policy, economic mobility, and evidence-based policymaking. The Director will report to the Vice President of Public Accountability.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Public Accountability team and LJAF Board to refine LJAF’s Public Accountability strategy and areas of focus
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring the performance
  • Manage relationships with new and existing grantees, experts, and key stakeholders
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, Abilities, and Qualities:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy, economics, or a related field
  • Ability to think transformationally and design innovative strategies for positively disruptive reforms
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to bring disparate constituents together and build consensus
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Ability to grasp technical and theoretical concepts, interpret quantitative research materials, and understand statistical methods used in social science research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and consistently meet deadlines
  • Mission-driven
  • Entrepreneurial and creative
  • Passionate about public policy and public finance
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Enthusiastic and positive

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Public Accountability. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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