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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 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
  • 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 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 04/10/2017

Evidence-Based Innovation Manager (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: Evidence-Based Innovation Manager

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications, plus benefits

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Evidence-Based Innovation (EBI) team aims to support the process of evidence-based decision making in government—a cycle of identifying problems, understanding them with data and evidence, testing improvements and new models, and implementing changes. EBI places a particular focus on the role of the federal government in supporting this cycle of learning and improvement. Working closely with other teams at LJAF, EBI seeks out areas in which federal agencies and federally-funded programs delivered at the state level are deploying public resources inefficiently and then seeks out projects that can improve the use of these resources to benefit populations in need. To date, we have funded projects to enable secure data-sharing for policy research; to connect governments with outside researchers to create learning agendas and test policies; to enhance understanding and bipartisan cooperation around evidence; and to fill important evidence gaps directly through research. We aim to improve outcomes across a wide range of policy areas, including health, education, and public safety.

In addition to the requirements below, the EBI Manager must have intellectual curiosity and creativity; be able to think strategically about developing a portfolio that achieves EBI’s goals; understand rigorous evaluation methods and their applications; know how the federal executive branch operates; and demonstrate a desire to take a fresh approach to persistent problems. The Manager will collaborate with the EBI Vice President and team to advance solutions to critical policy problems.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the EBI team and LJAF’s Board to refine strategy and areas of focus
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities; shepherd potential grants in the pipeline from idea to execution
  • Present and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Execute, manage, and administer charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board through a process that involves working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establishing performance goals, monitoring grantees’ performance, and providing active feedback to grantees throughout the lifecycle of a project
  • Manage relationships with grantees, experts, and key stakeholders
  • Collaborate with LJAF team members in Houston, New York, and Washington, D.C. to coordinate work

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • 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
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills; ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in a self-motivated, accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • 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
  • Organized, diligent, and attentive to detail
  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, mission-driven attitude
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience in research, writing, and editing
  • Proactive and open to embracing new challenges
  • Capacity and eagerness to learn

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 Evidence-Based Innovation Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 04/05/2017

Grants Manager & Legal Counsel (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 Manager & Legal Counsel

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, TX

The Grants Manager & Legal Counsel will assist several of LJAF’s programmatic teams with  legal and compliance support as well as a variety of activities throughout the full grantmaking life cycle—from developing grant proposals for LJAF’s Board of Directors’ approval to vetting compliance items, drafting agreements, and managing active grants.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage and actively participate in the complete grantmaking process, including evaluating grant proposals for legal and budget-related compliance, drafting and negotiating grant agreements, and monitoring and reviewing ongoing grant activity
  • Manage internal and external relationships, information, inquiries, and deadlines related to potential and existing grants and activities
  • Draft, negotiate, and actively manage grant, consulting, and gift agreements
  • Research, organize, and analyze information for potential and existing grants
  • Review prospective and active grantees’ financial statements and organizational budgets
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Director of Grants Management, General Counsel, and other team members to continually support and improve LJAF’s grantmaking and legal processes

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • J.D. required, with a minimum of four years of legal experience
  • Strong managerial, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and mission-driven attitude and approach
  • Ability to analyze and clearly communicate technical legal and policy issues
  • Creative in finding strategic, practical, clear solutions to complex issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono work, public service, and public policy
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; complete a multitude of varied tasks 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 Grants Manager & Legal Counsel.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 03/07/2017

Director of Retirement Policy (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: Director of Public Accountability – Retirement Policy

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

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

LJAF is a national leader on retirement policy, and we are seeking to add a dynamic senior-level team member to help design and implement the next phase of our work. The new director will be responsible for further developing LJAF’s retirement policy strategy to comprehensively reform the nation’s retirement systems to make them affordable, sustainable, and secure. 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 retirement policy and will report directly to the Vice President of Public Accountability.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors, and Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Vice President of Public Accountability to refine LJAF’s retirement policy strategy
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to transform U.S. retirement policy
  • 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 on retirement policy
  • Proven ability to analyze retirement policy and to design innovative strategies for positive, 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

Desirable Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving U.S. retirement policy
  • 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 Public Accountability – Retirement Policy.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 02/27/2017

Director of Criminal Justice Policy (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: Director of Criminal Justice Policy

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that enhance public safety, treat individuals—both victims and offenders—fairly, and ensure that public resources are put to their best use. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and helps to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally.  We are seeking a Director of Criminal Justice Policy to work with the Criminal Justice team to maximize the impact of our grant making on public policy and practice. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, and managing current investments. The Director of Criminal Justice Policy will report directly to the Vice President of Criminal Justice.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Vice President of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice team to refine grant making strategies in our existing areas of focus, with the goal of increasing the real-world impacts on public safety, fairness and cost-effectiveness
  • Work both independently and in collaboration with members of the Criminal Justice team to develop strategies in new, high-impact areas of investment
  • Develop, present, and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Work with grantees to develop strategic plans and establish performance metrics
  • Oversee charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Criminal Justice team to refine LJAF’s overall criminal justice strategy
  • 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:

  • At least 8 years of experience in policymaking and/or policy implementation at the local, county, state or federal level
  • Experience interfacing with senior-level government stakeholders regarding public policy
  • Ability to translate complex policy questions or research/evaluation findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to think transformationally about the government system and to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with significant experience in public speaking
  • 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
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in criminal justice, public policy, or social sciences

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least one of which is sole-authored), 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 Criminal Justice Policy.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 02/15/2017

Director of Criminal Justice Research (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: Director of Criminal Justice Research

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that enhance public safety, treat individuals—both victims and offenders—fairly, and ensure that public resources are put to their best use. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and helps to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally.  We are seeking a Director of Criminal Justice Research to help establish our research agenda, lead many of our most significant research projects, and provide strategic research-related advice across the Initiative. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, and managing current investments. The Director of Criminal Justice Research will report directly to the Vice President of Criminal Justice.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Vice President of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice team to establish a research agenda focused on the piloting and evaluation of interventions to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes of those involved in the justice system
  • Develop, present, and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Work with grantees to develop strategic plans and establish performance metrics
  • Oversee charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board
  • Provide advice and consultation on all criminal justice research grants, as well as projects in development, so as to ensure the highest statistical rigor
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Criminal Justice team to refine LJAF’s criminal justice strategy
  • 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:

  • Experience performing and/or overseeing significant policy-relevant criminal justice research projects
  • Understanding of all phases of the criminal justice system
  • Deep knowledge of statistics and research design
  • Experience interfacing with senior-level criminal justice stakeholders about research and evaluation of justice programs
  • Ability to translate complex research findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to think transformationally about the criminal justice 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
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in criminal justice, public policy, or social sciences

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least one of which is sole-authored), 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 Criminal Justice Research.  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.

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.

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.