Are you passionate about driving outcomes and improving
At Knight Foundation we consider learning from and
assessing the impact of our grant investments to be key to
the success of our work. Further, we believe the insights we glean
by assessing outcomes should be shared broadly with the field and
communities where we work and beyond.
Our Learning and Impact (L&I) team seeks an intellectually
curious and data driven researcher, a process-oriented project
manager and a detail-focused administrator to advance and support
the department’s investments in original and independent research
and grant assessments. You will report directly to the vice
president of Learning and Impact.
The Learning and Impact team leads the foundation in cultivating
and applying insights through assessments and research. We assess
our investments to understand their impact and to monitor progress
on our grant assumptions, goals, and equity and inclusion. By doing
this, we aim to further the impact, guide our future investments
and, through shared knowledge, assist grantees and others in the
fields where we work. We commission original research and support
independent research to add to the general understanding of the
present and future of informed and engaged communities.
You will play a critical role in better understanding the
opportunities and challenges our fields and communities face and
you will leverage that knowledge to support the future vision and
strategy of Knight’s programs.
- Lead small assessments and support large research projects,
including assisting in the procurement and project management of
work completed by external firms.
- Assist the vice president in planning, managing and improving
team operations, including budgeting and workload planning.
- Collect, analyze, and share data from Knight’s grant making
system, grantees, staff and external sources.
- Perform the research and data analysis required to recommend
thoughtful courses of action to leadership.
- Partner with the communications team to distribute and present
- Facilitate the timely flow of information by liaising and
partnering with other foundation departments.
Things we look for in a successful
- Believes in Knight Foundation’s mission.
- Applies intellectual horsepower to concepts and
- Several years of demonstrated mastery in data analysis,
research and developing presentations.
- Ability to assist in scoping projects, developing schedules,
holding vendors accountable and to execute on multiple projects
- Relates well to and builds rapport with colleagues at all
levels of the organization, vendors and grantees of diverse
backgrounds and perspectives.
- Learns quickly when facing new problems and enjoys the
challenge of unfamiliar tasks.
- Uses rigorous logic, methods and honest analysis to solve
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in
journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where
brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our
goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we
believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
Our approach is inclusive and non-partisan; we value freedoms of
speech and the press, and we often embrace new and innovative
technology to achieve our goals. The qualities we look for are
openness to new ideas; courage to push for change; and the
expertise and tenacity to achieve the desired results. Tell us what
excites you about this opportunity and why you are right for
For more on Knight Foundation, visit https://kf.org
Knight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.