Impact Planning and Analysis Associate

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Job: Impact Planning and Analysis Associate
Organization: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
City: Palo Alto, CA
Job Posting Link:
Field: Environment and Food
Position Type: Full-time Job
Minimum Experience: 2-3 years
Deadline: //

Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to conduct a search for a new Impact Planning and Analysis Associate at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This fulltime position reports to the Associate Director, and is located in Palo Alto, CA.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Established in September 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is among the 10 largest foundations in the U.S. and one of the largest private funders of environmental conservation and non-biomedical science in the world.

The Foundation is devoted to the inspirational vision articulated by its founders: "creating positive outcomes for future generations." This vision guides its mission: "to achieve significant, lasting and measurable results in environmental conservation, science and the San Francisco Bay Area." A set of core values-impact, integrity, disciplined approach, and collaboration-directs the Foundation's work.

The Foundation carries out its work through the following frameworks:

Initiatives. Initiatives are built around well-developed strategies for concentrated investments, focused on the long term and achieving significant impact. Initiatives are characterized by a portfolio approach to grantmaking, and other engagements of the Foundation, to pursue ambitious, large-scale outcomes.

Stand-alones. The Foundation funds experimentation, focused innovation, and agile response to time-sensitive, high-impact opportunities in its three areas of focus.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA

§ Over $5 billion in assets

§ Annual Foundation budget of ~$250 million

§ About 80 employees

§ Three program areas

Environmental Conservation
San Francisco Bay Area

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Impact Planning and Analysis (IPA)

The Impact Planning and Analysis (IPA) Department supports the mission of the Foundation by supporting strategy development and implementation, grantmaking and grant management. The five-person department functions collaboratively with the Foundation's Program areas, working in a solutions-oriented environment at the Program, Initiative and grant levels to facilitate strategy development, adaptive management and performance measurement.

The Position

The IPA Associate offers a well-rounded top performer the opportunity to inform decision-making at all levels of the Foundation as part of an entrepreneurial team. The IPA Associate provides quantitative and qualitative data analysis to bring insights to decision-makers.

Key Responsibilities

1. Provide analysis for Program Officers on prospective grantees' financial health:

§ Lead the basic analysis and assessment of prospective grantees' financial health through review of financial statements and budgets

§ Communicate relevant findings from financial and organizational assessments to internal grant teams in a structured and synthesized manner

§ Collaborate with Program colleagues to manage workflow, document requests and grant sign-off within deadlines

§ Identify and develop solutions to enhance the due diligence process and analysis product

§ Assist Impact Planning and Analysis team members with tailored financial assessments on grantee organizations and/or grant budgets

§ Analyze data, synthesize key findings, and communicate effectively with varied audiences

2. Design and implement special projects involving research, data analysis, and synthesis of findings and implications, as requested by Impact Planning and Analysis team, Program staff and C-level executive team. Examples of past projects include:

§ Aggregating and analyzing historical grantmaking data to inform future decision-making at the Program and Initiative level

§ Modeling potential foundation payout scenarios to understand potential uncommitted funding in future years

§ Comparing run rate and budget composition across multiple grants for benchmarking and planning purposes

§ Analyzing Grantee Perception Report ratings and comments

§ Researching philanthropic practices, trends and issues, such as capacity building, multi-stakeholder convening, grantee engagement and funder collaboration

3. Provide administrative support:

§ Assess, update, and maintain intranet materials and tools

§ Identify and contribute to development of tools (e.g., grant budget template) that enhance team efficiency and maximize effective use of Foundation resources

§ Perform basic administrative tasks, such as managing team electronic files and resources and assisting with preparation of documents, presentations, and meetings

Experience and Education

The candidate will have:

§ A Bachelor's degree and 2+ years relevant work experience preferred

§ Experience reviewing financial statements and budgets; experience with nonprofit financial accounting is a plus

§ Exposure to client service and project-team environments

Competencies and Attributes

The ideal candidate also will be an independent self-starter who has:

o Strong quantitative, analytical and data visualization skills to interpret data effectively

o Demonstrated interest in nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector

o Strong computer skills, specifically in Excel and PowerPoint (experience with databases particularly with GIFTS is a plus)

o Proven ability to produce high quality deliverables and to manage and prioritize multiple time-sensitive tasks

o Flexible and positive approach to problem solving in a collaborative team environment; comfort with ambiguity

o Willingness to complete a variety of projects to achieve group goals and an ability to work collaboratively with multiple audiences

o A desire to expand and apply knowledge

o Exceptional written, oral, and graphic communication skills

o Organizational skills, a detail-orientation, and creativity

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation includes a competitive base salary, a performance incentive plan, and an excellent package of health, retirement savings and other benefits.

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to:

moc.gniffatsnoics|eroom#moc.gniffatsnoics|eroom. Please include IPA Associate in the subject line.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All correspondence will remain confidential.

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