Data Associate

Hiring Organization: 
Ford Foundation
City and State: 
New York, NY


The Office of Strategy and Learning provides critical support to the program teams on strategy development and refinement, evaluation, and drives organization-wide learning to advance the Foundation’s social justice mission of reducing inequality. Reporting to the Senior Director of Strategy and Learning and working closely with the Senior Strategy and Evaluation Officer, and the Evaluation and Learning Officer, the OSL Associate will support programs on strategy monitoring, including through data analysis and visualization, and help to make meaning around and communicate about our grantmaking writ large. 

The ideal candidate has experience in data analysis and the use of databases to make meaning. They have supported colleagues to make sense of their data, present data in useful ways, and communicate effectively.  They have supported the design and/or implementation of easy-to-use monitoring systems that support data collection. They are familiar with the principles of data integrity as well as the complexity of presenting complex issues through data. They have commitment to social justice, and knowledge of the issues we work on in the US and internationally.  They are well versed in issues around data and equity and have a nuanced understanding of and appreciation for rigorous data that doesn’t privilege quantitative over qualitative forms. Interest in and/or experience with social change evaluation is welcome. 

This position is an excellent opportunity for someone eager to learn from a collaborative and inclusive team on issues relating to all of our programmatic areas, as well as an opportunity to sharpen your data analysis, monitoring and evaluation skills!


The Data Associate can expect to engage in the following core responsibilities:

  • Support the development of monitoring systems and processes that enable greater learning and reflection and allow us to communicate about our work more effectively. 

  • Support Senior Strategy and Evaluation Officer to work with program teams to identify and track outcome indicators and work with members of OSL to engage programs in reflecting on progress.

  • Support Evaluation and Learning Officer to advise programs on understanding, analyzing, and communicating how grants advance strategy (including: data analysis, ensuring integrity of grant data and coding, and generating visuals, reports, powerpoints and other communication summaries that describe grantmaking to strategy)

  • Proactively generate communications that explain and describe our grantmaking. 

  • Work closely with the Learning Officer in the development of supports for Associates as they onboard and throughout their tenure. 

  • Work closely with Program Associates as they make sense of each program’s grantmaking and seek to communicate about what they are learning. 

  • Support the Office of Strategy and Learning as it identifies its own strategic priorities and opportunities for reflection and learning.


  • BA/BS plus a minimum of three years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, in data analysis and communication. 

  • Experience in data analysis and data visuals (e.g., development of reports and dashboards).

  • Familiarity with social/behavioral science methodologies, including survey design, content analysis, statistics, intensive interviewing, and focus groups.  

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, particularly related to presenting grantmaking data to a wide body of stakeholders. 

  • Compelling storyteller who can frame information in ways that are accessible to all.

  • Familiarity and experience with social justice work (and/or social justice grantmaking, evaluation) in the US and Global South.

  • Highly effective interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at multiple levels.

  • Ability to provide nuanced support to team members on data analysis issues that may be challenges or points of opportunity. 

  • An engaging, accessible and flexible style that builds trust and confidence across diverse team cultures and priorities. 

  • A curious disposition motivated by the internal drive to understand and untangle complex issues.

  • Exceptional prioritization and time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment.

  • Sense of humor and commitment to our core values of openness, collaboration, trust, equity, accountability and urgency.

  • Detailed knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides

  • Possess a learning and growth attitude and open to constructive feedback


  • This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer.


Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams


  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%
  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years 
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)

Salary:  Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity.  A generous benefits package is provided. 


Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. 

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