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Posted 07/11/2017

Results-Driven Government Policy Lab 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: Policy Lab Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Houston, TX

A primary objective of the Results-Driven Government (RDG) team is to help governments build and use credible evidence about what works to make faster progress in addressing social problems. One way RDG does this is by investing in Policy Labs, a unique government-university partnership model that builds the capacity for governments to routinely use data and evidence to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic team member to help us advance our work in this area. This new manager will be responsible for providing research, analytical, operational, and strategic support to the Policy Lab initiative to help senior members support existing investments and conduct due diligence for new opportunities. The Policy Lab Manager will also have the opportunity to work with high-level government officials from multiple states to help solve complex social problems.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s RDG team, Chief Strategy Officer, and Board to refine the Policy Lab strategy
  • Conduct due diligence on potential policy lab sites
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board through a process that involves working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establish performance goals, monitor performance, and provide active feedback
  • Work with the communications team and grantees to create informational materials (e.g., a policy lab play book, press releases and other educational materials)
  • Coordinate projects involving multiple policy lab sites and help to manage a policy lab network to share learnings and best practices between policy lab communities
  • Develop and manage relationships with new and existing grantees, government partners, policy experts, and other key stakeholders
  • Collaborate with LJAF team members in Houston, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy, law, economics, finance, business, or a related field
  • Experience working in, or closely with, one or more government agencies
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to grasp technical and theoretical concepts, interpret quantitative research materials, and understand evaluation and statistical methods

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about the power of data and evidence to improve people’s lives
  • Entrepreneurial and creative
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Enthusiastic and positive

To Apply:

If 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 Results-Driven Government Policy Lab Manager.

Posted 05/08/2017

Accounting Associate (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.  For more information, visit www.arnoldfoundation.org.

Position: Accounting Associate

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package, based on qualifications 

Office: Houston, TX

Core Responsibilities:

LJAF is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual who can provide accounting and special projects support.  This team member will be responsible for coordinating and assisting with various accounting, grant/project management, and administrative tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring the accounts payable processes and internal controls are maintained continuously;
  • Performing the accounts payable process, including reviewing, journaling, scanning, filing, and mailing all weekly payments;
  • Handling the LJAF’s corporate credit card review process in entirety, including distributing, reviewing, journaling, scanning, and filing tasks;
  • Creating, organizing, and maintaining electronic grant, consultant, vendor, and other required files;
  • Organizing, reviewing, and tracking various grant agreement and amendment key terms;
  • Verifying that grant agreement reporting and payment requirements are met;
  • Providing administrative support for online grant management system; and
  • Reviewing grantee Forms 990 and financial statements on a routine basis.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, or Finance
  • Minimum two years of accounting or bookkeeping experience
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Proactive and open to embracing new challenges
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Positive, professional, and energetic team-oriented attitude
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities
  • Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and other standard computer software
  • Experience with QuickBooks, Quicken, or other accounting software

To Apply:

If 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 Accounting Associate position.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 04/20/2017

Director of Sustainable Public Finance (Houston, TX or Washington, D.C.)

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 Sustainable Public Finance

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Houston, TX or Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance initiative aims to ensure government revenue collection and spending practices support thriving communities over multiple generations. LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic senior-level team member to help us advance our work in this area. The new director will be responsible for developing a strategy to transform state and local government fiscal practices to be more efficient, transparent, sustainable, and fair. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments. The new director will play a key role in defining and implementing LJAF’s strategic plan for philanthropic investment in Sustainable Public Finance and will report directly to the Vice President of Public Accountability.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Vice President of Public Accountability to develop LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance strategy
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to transform U.S. public finance, focusing at a state and local level.
  • 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, practical experience working in state and local public finance
  • Proven ability to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms and to implement government systems change
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • 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

Desirable Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving U.S. public finance
  • 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 economics, 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 Sustainable Public Finance.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. Equal opportunity and consideration are afforded to all qualified applicants and employees in personnel actions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, citizenship status, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, domestic violence victim status, veteran status, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.