The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is seeking a Research and Evaluation Officer to support the College Access and Success Program for immediate hire. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is a private grant-making foundation based in Omaha, Nebraska. With assets in excess of $3 billion, it is among the largest foundations in the United States. The Foundation’s College Access and Success (CAS) Program enables underserved populations in Nebraska to attend college in-state at no cost. Scholarship support provided by the CAS Program is the Foundation’s longest-standing initiative, reflecting its commitment to equal access to higher education. The Foundation’s other programs support access to family planning services and reproductive choice, in the U.S. and globally.
A hallmark of the Foundation’s culture is to constantly challenge itself and grantees to “think big” while doing so critically and carefully – by questioning, testing, learning, and putting that learning to use. The Foundation has built an environment in which staff are not afraid to fail or change course in light of new information. Moreover, the Foundation approaches investments as partnerships, which they pursue thoughtfully and with humility.
The Research and Evaluation Officer (REO) would be an integral member of the R&E Unit, with a focus on supporting the College Access & Success team program. The Foundation is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion through its programs, collaborations, and research, as well as in the workplace. The REO will conduct technical assessments and study design recommendations; help Programs and grantees formulate research questions and hypotheses; and analyze data in support of programmatic decision-making. Additionally, the R&E Unit is engaged with the Programs to commission expert external evaluators to assess the potential impact of major areas of grant-making. The R&E Unit values diversity and is working to incorporate an equity lens into the way it works internally and externally. The Unit is committed to creating a physical and intellectual environment that is welcoming and values different perspectives and experiences.
The ideal candidate will be committed to ensuring equal access to higher education and creating opportunities for underserved populations. The REO will have expertise/knowledge of higher education systems and one-year post-doctoral or a master’s degree and three years professional experience designing and conducting research and/or evaluation experience in education or a closely related field.
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The Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG. To apply, please send a detailed cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: [email protected]. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.