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Posted 12/05/2018

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) believes everyone should have an equal opportunity to live productive, meaningful, healthy and stable lives, and full protection and expression of their human rights free from discrimination and undue hardship. To achieve our objective of maximizing opportunity and minimizing injustice, we invest in areas where system failures have led to poor outcomes, the policy process has been compromised, new evidence-based solutions are needed, and the time is right for change. The quickest path to progress is often through policy change, which is why we support initiatives, projects, and organizations focused on turning evidence into action.

Position: General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Houston, TX

Reporting to the President and CEO, the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary is responsible for leading strategic legal initiatives and providing legal counsel in support of all initiatives undertaken by the Foundation. The General Counsel will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, President and CEO, Executive Leadership Team, and other Foundation employees as needed in setting the strategic direction of the Foundation. The General Counsel and Corporate Secretary will also be responsible for maintaining the official records of the Foundation and coordinating meetings and communications with the Board.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic legal advice and counsel
  • Advising the Board, President and CEO, Executive Leadership Team, and other Foundation employees on a broad range of corporate, employee, employee benefits, intellectual property, tax, regulatory, and compliance matters
  • Overseeing and coordinating litigation
  • Providing advice and counsel to the Board on corporate governance matters
  • Providing sound legal advice on issues affecting existing and future business where risks and mitigation strategies are clearly identified
  • Structuring and leading the Foundation’s legal team
  • Ensuring compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements
  • Leading the development of and overseeing compliance with corporate policies, procedures, and programs
  • Overseeing the selection, retention, management, and evaluation of outside counsel
  • Partnering with the Foundation’s human resources team on employee matters as needed Maintaining the official records of the Foundation
  • Coordinating meetings and communications with the Board Negotiating and drafting legal documents
  • Ensuring the Board has the resources and information required to fulfill fiduciary duties and comply with the Foundation’s governing documents
  • Maintaining and acting as custodian of all corporate and legal records and documents
  • Participating as a member of the Executive Leadership Team
  • Other related duties as directed by the Board and/or President and CEO.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • J.D. with 15+ years of legal experience in a major non-profit organization, large law firm, or large corporate in-house legal practice required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tax-exempt organizations preferred but not required Strategic, creative, and solutions-oriented
  • Proven track record of moving projects across the finish line timely and efficiently
  • Proven success in providing legal guidance in complex organizations and a deeply held commitment to collaborative decision-making.
  • Significant experience building and leading a highly-effective legal team
  • Ability to manage and motivate employees through effective leadership, mentoring, communications, development, facilitation, and evaluation
  • High level of ethics and commitment to the Foundation’s mission, vision, strategy, and values
  • Absolute trust, integrity, and discretion
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated, positive, resourceful, tenacious, and adaptable

To Apply:

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

Posted 12/03/2018

Higher Education Intern (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: Higher Education Intern

Length: Paid Part or Full-Time Internship, Spring 2019 

Location: Washington, D.C.  

LJAF’s Policy and Advocacy team works to strengthen the Foundation’s partnerships with federal, state, and local governments and helps the Foundation’s programmatic teams bring the findings of new research into the policy-making process. The Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for developing and executing advocacy campaigns around the Foundation’s policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders; and managing relationships with key federal, state, and local policymaking officials.

LJAF seeks an Intern to support the team in advancing the Foundation’s policy priorities on higher education issues, in particular by supporting grantmaking related to higher policy research and evidence-based practices. LJAF’s higher education work seeks to increase the quality and lower the cost of postsecondary education, with a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. We focus on (1) strengthening federal and state policies that incentivize greater transparency, accountability, and quality assurance, and (2) identifying and scaling evidence-based practices that show promise at improving outcomes.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support review of grant proposals, project plans, and budgets;
  • Research, document and synthesize higher education policies, practices and evidence; and
  • Assist with tracking policy developments, reports, and projects

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong research and analysis skills, with knowledge of policy and program evaluation methods preferred;
  • Knowledge and demonstrated interest in higher education, with experience working on higher education issues preferred;
  • Project management and organizational skills to keep projects and tasks on track;
  • Flexible and comfortable managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and Google Docs.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to internships@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Higher Education Intern. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 31, 2019, with a preferred start date in January or February 2019.

Posted 12/03/2018

Receptionist & Administrative Assistant (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: Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, TX

LJAF is seeking a professional and motivated individual who can serve as LJAF’s receptionist and provide administrative and special project support to the Houston office.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Performing general administrative, clerical, and receptionist duties such as: receiving guests; answering phones; managing conference room calendars; organizing meetings, appointments, and travel; managing mail; photocopying; filing; preparing expense reimbursements; providing logistical information to guests and staff; etc.;
  • Ordering and organizing office supplies;
  • Stocking and organizing the office kitchen;
  • Reviewing and documenting charges made on corporate credit cards;
  • Assisting with onboarding efforts and special projects;
  • Supporting the Director of Operations with planning special events; and
  • Promoting a positive, collaborative work environment by helping to organize and host team-building activities and initiatives.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • At least five years of experience as a Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, and/or Office Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree (earned or soon to be received)
  • Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, and mission-driven attitude
  • Proactive, curious, adaptable, and open to embracing new challenges
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and other standard computer software

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 Receptionist & Administrative Assistant. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 11/15/2018

Communications Manager – Health Care Focus (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the nation’s largest funder of evidence-based policy, is looking for a media-savvy strategist to support the foundation’s health-care portfolio while advancing the communications team’s multimedia story-telling efforts. The communications manager will work collaboratively with in-house experts, communications team colleagues and consultants to increase visibility of the health-care vertical’s work in drug pricing, commercial prices, and complex care.

 

The Position:

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the manager will build out both short- and long-term communications strategies responsive to the health-care team’s goals and in alignment with the organization’s big-picture media strategy. On some days, this may involve working with a graphics designer on a social media card to visually explain the concept of PBMs. On other days, it may include developing a national op-ed strategy on Medicare legislation or connecting a media outlet with a subject-matter expert. Experience working in health care communications is preferred but not required. The ability to tell compelling stories in multiple formats, including multimedia-rich web features, is a must.

 

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Experience developing and executing communications plans
  • Extensive writing and editing experience
  • Ability to evaluate complex information, to see all sides of an issue and provide communications recommendations
  • Ability to multitask and to simultaneously handle a variety of projects
  • Keen attention to detail

 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with health care team, developing communications strategies, including earned, owned, and paid media, in support of short- and long-term goals
  • Develop integrated internal and external communications plans and create necessary content, including executive communiques, web features, informational graphics, annual reports, fact sheets, and op-ed submissions
  • Advise programmatic teams on message framing, media positioning, and utilization of communications consultants
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local, state, and national media
  • Develop and manage grantee communications strategies, protocols, and materials
  • Review and guide issue briefs, solution papers, written public testimony, and requests for proposals
  • In coordination with media relations manager, recommend and develop press releases and media advisories, strategic media pitches, and opportunities for internal experts to weigh in on an issue
  • Coordinate digital media strategies with communications team members, ensuring alignment with both programmatic and broader foundation goals
  • Develop and lead comprehensive strategies for public launches and announcements, following communications and event-planning best practices

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 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 Communications Manager – Health Care. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Posted 11/15/2018

Communications Manager- Criminal Justice Focus (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a key player in national efforts to reimagine criminal justice, is looking for a media-savvy strategist to support the foundation’s growing criminal justice portfolio while advancing the communications team’s multimedia story-telling efforts. The communications manager will work collaboratively with in-house experts, communications team colleagues and consultants to increase visibility of the foundation’s work to address multiple facets of the criminal justice system, from pretrial to community supervision.

 

The Position:

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the manager will build out both short- and long-term communications strategies responsive to the criminal justice team’s goals and in alignment with the organization’s big-picture media strategy. The ideal candidate will have a passion for criminal justice advocacy matched only by a desire and proven ability to tell compelling stories in multimedia-rich formats.

 

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Experience developing and executing communications plans
  • Extensive writing and editing experience
  • Ability to evaluate complex information, to see all sides of an issue and provide communications recommendations
  • Ability to multitask and to simultaneously handle a variety of projects
  • Keen attention to detail

 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with criminal justice team, developing communications strategies, including earned, owned, and paid media, in support of short- and long-term goals
  • Develop integrated internal and external communications plans and create necessary content, including executive communiques, web features, informational graphics, annual reports, fact sheets, and op-ed submissions
  • Advise programmatic teams on message framing, media positioning, and utilization of communications consultants
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local, state, and national media
  • Develop and manage grantee communications strategies, protocols, and materials
  • Review and guide issue briefs, solution papers, written public testimony, and requests for proposals
  • In coordination with media relations manager, recommend and develop press releases and media advisories, strategic media pitches, and opportunities for internal experts to weigh in on an issue
  • Coordinate digital media strategies with communications team members, ensuring alignment with both programmatic and broader foundation goals
  • Develop and lead comprehensive strategies for public launches and announcements, following communications and event-planning best practices

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 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 Communications Manager – Criminal Justice. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Posted 10/23/2018

Executive Assistant (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: Executive Assistant

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF is seeking a professional and motivated individual who can serve as LJAF’s Executive Assistant and provide administrative and special project support to the Washington, D.C. office.

Core Responsibilities:

The Executive Assistant will be responsible for assisting several top LJAF executives, with their administrative needs, including, but not limited to, tasks such as the following:

  • Organizing meetings, appointments, travel, and interviews;
  • Aiding with project, grant, and consultant tracking and management;
  • Preparing meeting materials and presentations;
  • Reconciling corporate credit card charges and expense reimbursements;
  • Managing mail and calls; and
  • Maintaining and organizing records and files on an ongoing basis to ensure organization, accuracy, and consistency.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • At least five years of experience as an Executive Assistant, Administrative Assistant, and/or Office Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Administration, Accounting, Communications, Marketing, English, or a related field.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, and mission-driven attitude
  • Proactive, curious, adaptable, and open to embracing new challenges
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and other standard computer software

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 Executive Assistant – D.C. Office. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 10/10/2018

Vice President of Grants Management (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation 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 Grants Management

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Houston, Texas

This is an exciting moment in LJAF’s organizational evolution. LJAF is growing its team and investment portfolio to meet its desire to tackle and solve complex inequities in this country. Considerable thought and research have been invested in designing a new, holistic, organization-wide grants management operation that will advance LJAF’s growth and bold vision. This new department will be led by the future Vice President of Grants Management.

The Vice President will have tremendous autonomy and freedom to establish and build a best-in-class centralized grants management operation to support and further advance LJAF’s important work across multiple portfolios. This is a rare opportunity to shape the grantmaking operations at the heart of an ambitious, cutting-edge, founder-led philanthropy. The Vice President of Grants Management will play an instrumental role in enabling LJAF to learn from its investments, inform its strategies, and build its capacity for collective strategic impact.

The Position

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, the Vice President will launch and build out this essential operational function and hire a small team of dynamic professionals. With a focus on the big picture and a passion for leading high-performing teams, the Vice President will develop, communicate, implement, and integrate an effective and responsive grants management operation that advances LJAF’s strategic vision and goals.

The Vice President of Grants Management will oversee the transition from systems and processes that were designed to support LJAF in its early start-up years to today’s significantly larger and more complex investment portfolio. There is a need to reimagine the people, process, and technology systems required to fuel its grantmaking and measure the organization’s impact. Current LJAF team members with grants management responsibilities are excited about and are committed to a seamless transition as they shift into full-time legal roles as the Vice President brings on a new, dedicated team of grants managers.

The Vice President will partner with team members from across the organization to support and strengthen program activities. Along with improving processes and designing and building the systems, the Vice President will help create a culture that values the importance of efficient, flexible, and technology-based grants management processes.

Key Priorities and Responsibilities

Leadership & Strategy

  • Design, build, and operate a best-in-class grants management system and department that responds to current needs and anticipates future growth and increased complexity.
  • Set the vision and culture for grants management in partnership with senior leadership.
  • Hire, train, and manage a new, small team of grants managers.
  • Develop and lead LJAF-wide training on grants management systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Clarify grants management responsibilities for all LJAF program and operations staff.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to contribute to strategic decision making across LJAF, including operations, finance, knowledge management, and institutional policies.

Systems Implementation & Compliance

  • Oversee development of the grants management software system (Salesforce), lead effective deployment, manage LJAF-wide adoption, and ensure ongoing value of the system.
  • Develop protocols to guide data management, database coding, and ensure data integrity to support knowledge management.
  • Lead with a continuous improvement orientation by integrating feedback mechanisms for early detection of problems and responsive operational improvements.
  • Partner with the legal and finance teams to ensure compliance with regulations and institutional policies across all grantmaking activities and manage risk assessment.

Ideal Candidate:

Inspired by LJAF’s mission and compelled by the same urgency to solve a broad range of intractable social challenges that drives every member of the team, the Vice President of Grants Management is an innovative strategist who knows what is required to build and implement a best-in-class grants management operation.

This is an exciting time to join LJAF and help to scale the organization. The ideal candidate brings deep expertise leading change management initiatives along with a well-developed ability to influence teams across disciplines and functions. They are self-directed; bring a creative, outside-the-box approach to the work; and embrace risk. The Vice President must be agile in approach, yet provide concrete recommendations grounded in sound data and analysis. Command of technology and experience with new and emerging platforms is essential. Similarly, experience and fluency with diverse philanthropic giving models [501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), donor advised funds, impact investing, etc.] is a highly desirable asset.

The Vice President of Grants Management is a proven, bold leader and a highly skilled people manager who not only knows how to build and integrate a team, but also inspires deep commitment to LJAF’s mission. Candidates must be dedicated to investing in people and cultivating a team culture that engenders confidence, trust, and respect. They are natural motivators, collaborators, and coaches who excel at empowering teams and developing staff. The successful candidate is a consensus builder and problem solver who is able to easily translate between the worlds of program and operations to ensure these critical functions, which are both supported through a robust grants management system, are all working seamlessly.

Outstanding communication skills are essential for success, as is the ability to be a thoughtful and active listener. The ideal candidate is a skilled presenter, comfortable conveying complex ideas in an accessible manner, be it written or oral, formal, or informal. Candidates are flexible, yet also have the gravitas to remain resolute when it comes to improving the effectiveness of the grants management system and stretching colleagues to use it in new ways.

LJAF is a rapidly evolving and highly dynamic organization where solutions-oriented self-starters flourish. Its culture rewards those who bring a learning mindset to their work, embrace continuous improvement, and are exhilarated by change. Those who thrive are individuals who seek out opportunities to simultaneously design, build, and fly the plane. Successful candidates are both strategists and tacticians—able to define a vision and willing to roll up their sleeves to bring that vision to fruition. The Vice President of Grants Management is passionate about changing the world, comfortable being challenged to look at a problem from every conceivable angle, and confident about what they know yet humble about what they have to learn.

A minimum of 12 to 15 years of experience in grantmaking, management consulting, and/or operations is required. Experience as a grantor or grantee in diverse contexts (private foundation, public charity, university, and/or government entity) is preferred, as is knowledge of grantmaking compliance rules and regulations for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.

To Apply:

LJAF is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. LJAF welcomes a diverse pool of candidates and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. This search is being assisted by a team at Waldron. A current resume and cover letter that articulates your passion for LJAF’s mission and fit for the role should be submitted for consideration through Waldron’s candidate web portal. Letters should be addressed to Sarah Meyer, Search Director. For additional information, please view the profile on Waldron’s website.

Posted 10/05/2018

Policy and Advocacy Analyst (Washington, D.C.)

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

Position: Policy and Advocacy Analyst

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Policy and Advocacy team works to strengthen the Foundation’s partnerships with federal, state, and local governments and helps the Foundation’s programmatic teams bring the findings of new research into the policy-making process. The Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for developing and executing advocacy campaigns around the Foundation’s policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders; and managing relationships with key federal, state, and local policymaking officials. The analyst position will provide research support to the advocacy team; track, analyze, and report on legislative activity; work collaboratively with other Foundation teams; and report to the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Two to five years of experience is preferred, including part-time work or internships.
  • Exceptional program management and organizational skills to keep projects and tasks on track.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and synthesize information from the news media and public record filings.
  • Compose, fact-check, and/or edit presentation slides and other written materials.
  • Preferred experience with state or federal legislative bill tracking and analysis.
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and interpersonal skills.

Personal Qualities:

  • Collaborative and team oriented, yet also a self-starter able work independently;
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems;
  • Flexible and adaptable; and
  • Intellectually curious—a problem solver who enjoys working with colleagues to find solutions to challenging problems.

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. In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Policy and Advocacy Analyst. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 09/17/2018

 Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy (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 Criminal Justice Advocacy

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Policy and Advocacy team works to strengthen the Foundation’s partnerships with federal, state, and local governments and helps the Foundation’s programmatic teams bring the findings of new research into the policy-making process. The Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for developing and executing advocacy campaigns around the Foundation’s policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders; and managing relationships with key federal, state, and local policymaking officials.

LJAF seeks a Director to help build its advocacy capacity and advance the Foundation’s policy priorities on criminal justice issues. LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to advance community safety and the values of equity, fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice through five key policy domains: policing, pretrial justice, community supervision, prisons, and reintegration. In each of these domains, LJAF grants support research, build evidence, create tools for practitioners, and fund local jurisdictions that pilot and test new policies and practices.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Vice President for Policy and Advocacy and other key members of the policy and advocacy team to develop and refine the Foundation’s investment and partnership strategies;
  • Work with a cross-functional team to develop and deploy federal and state advocacy strategies;
  • Develop and manage grants to implementing partners, and work with grantees to develop and implement strategic advocacy plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor performance; and
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, coalition partners, experts, and policymakers.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute national-level, high-impact advocacy campaign strategies;
  • Experience building and managing coalitions and strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests;
  • Ability to develop, engage, and leverage a strong network of individual and organizational advocates;
  • Experience with federal or state policymaking systems and processes;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Personal Qualities:

  • Collaborative and team oriented, yet also a self-starter able work independently to drive change;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Intellectually curious—a problem solver who enjoys working with colleagues to find solutions to challenging problems.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience;
  • Successful track record in policy advocacy and lobbying; working in federal or state legislative offices on public policy issues preferred.

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 Criminal Justice Advocacy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 09/17/2018

Director of Higher Education Policy and Advocacy (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 Higher Education Policy and Advocacy 

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Policy and Advocacy team works to strengthen the Foundation’s partnerships with federal, state, and local governments and helps the Foundation’s programmatic teams bring the findings of new research into the policy-making process. The Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for developing and executing advocacy campaigns around the Foundation’s policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders; and managing relationships with key federal, state, and local policymaking officials.

LJAF seeks a Director to build its advocacy capacity and advance the Foundation’s policy priorities on higher education issues. LJAF’s higher education work seeks to increase the quality and lower the cost of postsecondary education, with a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. We focus on (1) strengthening federal and state policies that incentivize greater transparency, accountability, and quality assurance, and (2) identifying and scaling evidence-based practices that show promise at improving outcomes.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Vice President for Policy and Advocacy and other key members of the policy and advocacy team to develop and refine the Foundation’s investment and partnership strategies;
  • Work with a cross-functional team to develop and deploy federal and state advocacy strategies;
  • Develop and manage grants to implementing partners, and work with grantees to develop and implement strategic advocacy plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor performance; and
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, coalition partners, experts, and policymakers.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute high-impact advocacy campaign strategies;
  • Experience building and managing coalitions and strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests;
  • Ability to develop, engage, and leverage a strong network of individual and organizational advocates;
  • Experience with federal or state policymaking systems and processes;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Personal Qualities:

  • Collaborative and team oriented, yet also a self-starter able work independently to drive change;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Intellectually curious—a problem solver who enjoys working with colleagues to find solutions to challenging problems.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience;
  • Successful track record in policy advocacy and lobbying; working in federal or state legislative offices on public policy issues preferred.

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 Higher Education Policy and Advocacy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 07/26/2018

Health Care Analyst (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: Health Care Analyst

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care portfolio aims to develop evidence-based policy to make health care more affordable for governments, businesses, and households. Work in this portfolio would address a range of issues related to health care spending: prescription drugs prices; commercial sector prices; the provision of unnecessary and low-value care; and the management of care for complex care populations. This individual will be responsible for providing analytical and operational support for the Health Care team. This will include assisting with identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical and operational support for the Health Care team’s funding initiatives;
  • Conduct research/analysis of social programs and policies, and help develop projects and policy initiatives based on such analysis;
  • Compose, fact-check, and/or edit presentation slides, policy papers, website content, and other written materials;
  • Actively contribute to team meetings regarding projects, including suggesting ideas and brainstorming;
  • Coordinate and actively contribute to meetings on evidence-based reform with government officials, researchers, , program providers, and other stakeholders; and
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams (e.g., Criminal Justice) in areas of joint activity.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • One to two years of experience in a related field is preferred, including part-time work or internships
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects, with careful attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Thorough and attentive to detail in both substantive and operational tasks
  • Able to interact confidently with experts in their fields
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and other standard computer software

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. In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Health Care Analyst. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 07/17/2018

Vice President of Sustainable Public Finance (Houston, TX)

About the Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) believes everyone should have an equal opportunity to live productive, meaningful, healthy and stable lives, and full protection and expression of their human rights free from discrimination and undue hardship. To achieve our objective of maximizing opportunity and minimizing injustice, we invest in areas where system failures have led to poor outcomes, the policy process has been compromised, new evidence-based solutions are needed, and the time is right for change. The most effective path to change is often through policy change, which is why we support initiatives, projects, and organizations focused on turning evidence into action.

About the Positions

LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic senior-level team member to lead our sustainable public finance initiative, which aims to make government fiscal practices more efficient, transparent, sustainable, and fair. The initiative currently includes investments in retirement policy, tax policy, and budgeting. The new Vice President will be responsible for leading a team to build out and implement high-impact philanthropic investment strategies for these portfolios. The Vice President will also have the opportunity to identify and pursue new public finance investment opportunities. Potential investment opportunities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Taxation and Revenue: Tax design efficiency, tax credits, tax loopholes/compliance, pigovian taxes/strategic taxation
  • Budgeting and Spending: Budget processes, implementation processes (e.g., contracting, performance mgmt.)
  • Other Issues: Pensions/retirement security, social safety net programs, fiscal policy/stimulus, capital finance/bonds, etc.

In addition, the VP of Public Finance will partner closely with our issue-focused teams to develop effective models for financing key systems (e.g., criminal justice system, higher education system).

Attractive candidates will have significant experience working in public finance, and must be able to think creatively, have a proven record of producing meaningful reforms, and have experience managing teams. The position will be located in our Houston office and will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors to develop and execute our public finance investment strategy
  • Build and lead a high-functioning team
  • Present public finance investment recommendations to LJAF’s Board of Directors
  • Manage impact investments, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establish success metrics, and monitor performance
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and grantees
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams to explore and develop cross-initiative investment opportunities

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute high-impact reform strategies
  • Strategic, creative, and solutions-oriented
  • Significant experience building and leading a highly-effective team
  • Ability to manage and motivate employees through effective leadership, mentoring, communications, development, facilitation, and evaluation
  • High level of ethics and commitment to the Foundation’s mission, vision, strategy, and values
  • Absolute trust, integrity, and discretion
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience leading executive-level discussions
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines
  • Collaborative, solicits and values multiple perspectives, shares knowledge, and partners with stakeholders to make change
  • Able to deal with ambiguity and thrive in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Flexible and agile, responsive to feedback, open to changing direction, and focuses on continuous improvement and innovation

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience
  • Senior-level experience working in government, consulting, or think tanks
  • Significant experience leading and managing a team

Location:

  • Houston, TX

Posted 06/06/2018

Health Care 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: Health Care Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care portfolio aims to develop evidence-based policy to make health care more affordable for governments, businesses, and households. Work in this portfolio would address a range of issues related to health care spending: prescription drug prices; commercial sector prices; the provision of unnecessary and low-value care; and the management of care for complex care populations. This individual will be responsible for helping identify, analyze, and pursue new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with Health Care Directors and VP to develop strategic direction for the Health Care portfolio;
  • Conduct research/analysis to develop projects and policy initiatives;
  • Identify potential grant opportunities and collaborate with potential grantees to develop proposals;
  • Actively contribute to team meetings regarding projects, including suggesting ideas and brainstorming;
  • Actively support Directors on developing materials for LJAF’s Board, VP  of Health Care, and other individuals
  • Actively support Directors on managing and tracking progress of existing grants
  • Contribute to meetings with government officials, researchers, program providers, and other stakeholders; and
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams (e.g., Criminal Justice) in areas of joint activity.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Advanced degree preferred, but equivalent experience will be considered
  • Five years or more of experience in a related field is preferred, including part-time work or internships
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects, with careful attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able to interact confidently with experts in their fields

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. In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Health Care Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 05/25/2018

Vice President of Public Health (Houston, TX)

About the Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation works to produce widespread, lasting improvements in people’s lives by making our social, governmental, and economic systems more effective, efficient, and fair. LJAF’s philosophy of philanthropy is to be bold, innovative, evidence-driven, and strategic in addressing the root causes of our nation’s most persistent and important problems.

Since its inception, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded over $830 million in areas including criminal justice, K-12 education, healthcare, evidence-based policymaking, research integrity, sustainable public finance, as well as several other exploratory new initiatives.

Additional information and news articles about the Laura and John Arnold Foundation:

Laura and John Arnold Get a Head Start on Philanthropy

John Arnold Made a Fortune at Enron. Now He’s Declared War on Bad Science

Billionaire Philanthropist John Arnold Goes After Drug Prices

 About the Positions

LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic, senior-level team member to lead our public health initiative. The initiative currently includes investments to address the opioid crisis, increase contraceptive choice and access, and reduce sugar consumption. The new Public Health VP will be responsible for leading a small team to build out and implement a high-impact philanthropic investement strategy for these portfolios. The VP will also have the opportunity to identify and pursue new public health investment opportunities. Attractive candidates will have significant experience working in public health, and must be able to think creatively, have a proven record of producing meaningful reforms, and have experience managing small teams. The position will report to the Executive Vice President of Results-Driven Government.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Results-Driven Government to develop and execute our public health investment strategy
  • Lead a small, high-functioning team
  • Present charitable investment recommendations to LJAF’s Board of Directors
  • Manage charitable investments, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establish success metrics, and monitor performance
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and grantees
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams to explore and develop cross-initiative investment opportunities

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute high-impact reform strategies
  • Strong 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, including experience leading executive-level discussions
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Personal Qualities:

  • Motivated by LJAF’s mission, and passion for creating lasting, positive social change
  • Makes things happen, does not wait for an invitation, assumes personal ownership
  • Collaborative, solicits and values multiple perspectives, shares knowledge, and partners with stakeholders to make change
  • Able to deal with ambiguity and thrive in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Flexible and agile, responsive to feedback, open to changing direction, and focuses on continuous improvement and innovation
  • Unquestionable integrity, earns unwavering trust, meets commitments, and values direct, candid conversations
  • Intellectual curiosity

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Senior-level experience working in government, consulting, or think tanks
  • Significant experience leading and managing a team

Location:

  • Houston, TX

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Andrew Zalman with Search Light Solutions, Inc. at andrew@searchls.com. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of LJAF Vice President of Public Health.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 05/14/2018

Director of Health Care – Payment Reform (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 Health Care – Payment Reform

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care Payment portfolio aims to develop evidence-based policy to make health care more affordable for governments, businesses, and households.  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 research, policy, and technical assistance strategy to affect change at the federal and state levels. Work in this portfolio would address a range of issues related to health care spending: commercial sector prices; the provision of unnecessary and low-value care; and the management of care for complex care populations.  This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments. The director will report directly to the Vice President of Health Care.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors and Vice President of Health Care to refine LJAF’s health care payment strategy
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to inform and develop federal and state policy to constrain health care spending
  • Develop, 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, with an appropriate combination of experience with: market concentration and its impact on prices; the identification of low-value care; provider and consumer models to avoid unnecessary care; and the management of complex care populations
  • Experience with federal or state policy-making processes
  • 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:

  • Confident and humble
  • Team-oriented and collaborative yet also able to work well independently
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least eight years of health policy experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

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 Health Care – Payment Reform.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.