The Constellation Fund is currently hiring a part-time Impact Research Assistant.
Impact Research Assistant: The Constellation Fund
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Part-time (20 hrs/week) / remote. $25,000 – $30,000/year
The Constellation Fund is seeking a talented individual with strong analytical abilities and research skills, a clear passion for poverty alleviation for the role of Impact Research Assistant (RA). The RA will provide support for Constellation’s evidence-based approach to grantmaking and will help us find and evaluate our community’s most impactful poverty-fighting interventions.
About The Constellation Fund
Modeled after the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City and Tipping Point Community in San Francisco, the Constellation Fund makes evidence-based investments of philanthropic resources in the nonprofits making the largest measurable improvements to the living standards of those below the poverty line in the Twin Cities
With one-in-five residents of the Twin Cities living in poverty, our philanthropic community must strategically focus its resources on the interventions providing the largest poverty-fighting impacts. Constellation will address this pressing challenge by thoughtfully applying the principles of modern economic decision-making to the important business of local philanthropy. By carefully leveraging peer-reviewed research, local demographic information, and data from nonprofits, Constellation conducts detailed quantitative analysis along with best-in-class qualitative consideration in order to identify and fund poverty-fighting interventions that, judged with the best available evidence, are the most impactful among the available options.
Since the Board of Directors underwrites Constellation’s operating costs, every outside dollar raised by the organization goes directly to its carefully-selected nonprofit grantees, which are provided not only with funding, but also with access to best-in-class pro bono partners that can provide invaluable services and expertise otherwise inaccessible to most nonprofits in their efforts to improve and scale their impacts.
About the Position
The Impact Research Assistant will be part of a small team of researchers with expertise in benefit-cost analysis who will support Constellation’s Chief Impact Officer (CIO) in gathering and synthesizing the relevant data and research to effectively inform Constellation’s metrics-based analyses.
The Impact Research Assistant will be a valued member of the Impact Team and will be responsible for assisting other members of the Team with literature searches, data management and analysis, and metrics development.
For an example of our metrics-based framework visit: https://constellationfund.org/impact/metrics/
The position will be 100% remote. The position will start at 0.5 FTE (20 hours/week), and may be increased to full-time next fiscal year (July 2021) contingent on performance and budget considerations.
Metrics Development (75%)
- Conduct research into relevant subject areas in health, housing, education, and workforce development, to create and update Constellation’s metrics. This includes conducting literature searches (typically economics and evaluation research) using research databases, identifying relevant papers, and extracting relevant parameters for conducting meta-analyses.
- Assist the CIO in managing Constellation’s research library. This includes managing and updating Constellation’s bibliography system (Mendeley).
- Assist the CIO in developing meta-analysis calculations.
Impact Team Support (25%)
- Support Impact Officers with benefit-cost analysis calculations as needed.
- Assist the CIO and Learning and Research Officer in developing and reviewing all technical documentation including but not limited to: Metrics Framework, Outcomes Reports, Assessment Reports.
- Assist the CIO and Learning and Research Officer in managing and maintaining Constellation’s databases. This includes entering and updating information into databases quarterly.
- Assist Impact Officers interpreting and implementing new and existing metrics.
- Program evaluation: Experience with and understanding of quantitative program evaluation methods.
- Analytical and critical thinking: Comfortable with investigating and summarizing quantitative data, drawing useful and nuanced findings, and asking critical questions to refine conclusions.
- Project management: Effective organizational and time management skills.
- Teamwork: Comfort with and enthusiasm for working in a small team and contributing to the generation of new ideas while also maintaining an independent workflow.
- Partnership building: Enthusiasm for and ability to build and maintain strong interpersonal relationships and partnerships with outside organizations and individuals to inform and improve internal work-product.
- Communication skills: Ability to speak and write clearly, effectively, and succinctly, including under time pressures. Ability to synthesize information and tell narrative stories about what qualitative and quantitative data means for grantees and for those living in poverty in the Twin Cities.
- Emotional intelligence and humility: Ability to acknowledge the achievements of others, to share credit, and to welcome feedback.
- Empathy and respect: A high degree of awareness for the immense challenges facing people experiencing poverty, poverty-fighting organizations, and social services work, and respect for the individuals dedicated to those important efforts.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Graduate degree or in progress required, including an MPH, MPP, MBA, Masters in Economics, Statistics, Evaluation, or related field. D. students are also encouraged to apply.
- Intermediate statistical skills and knowledge.
- Intermediate economics skills and knowledge.
- Intermediate to advanced experience working with spreadsheets and databases.
- Basic knowledge and skills in scripting codes for database queries and reports (Google
- Scripts, Java, or similar) would be a plus.
- Some experience with program evaluation.
- Experience leading the execution of complex projects; proven ability to work collaboratively with numerous stakeholders.
- Strong experience conducting literature searches on technical subjects.
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com. This position will remain opened until filled.
To learn more about the organization, please visit www.ConstellationFund.org
The Constellation Fund is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in philanthropy and applicants who identify as low-income are encouraged to apply.