Program Officer, Computational Thinking Learning + Technology Fund

Robin Hood Foundation - New York - Full time

About Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. In addition to funding 200 of the most effective nonprofits serving New Yorkers experiencing poverty, we amplify financial support with a range of management assistance.

Building on our 30 years of experience, Robin Hood is expanding our impact with an explicit focus on lifting households sustainably and measurably out of poverty through influencing policy, raising our thought leadership profile, importing and exporting effective ideas and strategies nationally, and building new collaborations with strategic partners.

Position Overview

The Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund (“The Fund”) is a five-year collaboration with the Overdeck Family Foundation and Siegel Family Endowment to unlock the potential of technology to transform learning and advance achievement for low-income students in New York City. The Computational Thinking Program Officer will lead a portfolio of investments focused on integrating computational thinking across the K–5 curriculum to develop higher-order thinking skills toward greater academic proficiency and to catalyze a shift in teaching and learning across New York City.

Program Officers oversee Robin Hood’s current grants, serve as a resource and thought partner for community partners, and identify potential new investment opportunities. Program Officers also articulate a clear and persuasive rationale for funding new and ongoing programs. This is accomplished by thoroughly understanding the landscape, the need and the evidence on what works, while also conducting comprehensive reviews of performance data and nonprofit organizational health.

Together with the Director and the Senior Program Officer for Blended Literacy, the Computational Thinking Program Officer will be part of a three-person team based at the Robin Hood office in Union Square, New York City.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Manage a portfolio of existing community partners.

Monitor community partner performance and health through analysis of outcomes data, site visits, and independent assessment of progress or setbacks in management and financial reports.

Identify, establish and refine methods for quantifying the impact of an organization’s services with reference to current research studies and findings.

Develop a clear articulation of the strengths and weaknesses of a potential renewal grant and write grant renewal recommendations for consideration by the Robin Hood Learning + Tech Fund Advisory Board and ultimate approval by a Robin Hood Board Committee.

Develop contracts and negotiate annual objectives and goals with community partners.

Work with external research partners to collect, analyze and leverage data to inform the work of the Fund and our community partners.

Build relationships of trust and mutual respect with nonprofit leaders to support them in delivering on their mission.

Explore, identify and support new approaches to lifting New Yorkers out of poverty.

Identify the most pressing needs for the communities served by the portfolio and explore interconnections with partners and needs addressed in other portfolios at Robin Hood, Overdeck Family Foundation and Siegel Family Endowment.

Identify the most innovative or effective interventions and organizations in the field.

Position the Fund within the broader landscape, always seeking the greatest value-add and comparative advantage

Rigorously evaluate potential investments based on Robin Hood’s disciplined methodology for judging potential performance and organizational strength.

Develop a clear articulation of the strengths and weaknesses of a potential new grant and capture them in write-ups and presentations delivered to Robin Hood, Overdeck and Siegel Program staff, Board committees.

Identify and lead special initiatives that will directly support achieving the mission of the Fund.

Represent Robin Hood at external forums and conferences and act as liaison to other philanthropies and government agencies, building relationships and knowledge.

Support Robin Hood development and communications staff by providing program knowledge in support of Robin Hood organizational efforts.

Competencies

Strategic and creative problem solving. The ability to find thoughtful, high-impact solutions to problems.

Analytical and critical thinking. Exceptionally skilled at investigating and assessing qualitative or quantitative data, drawing useful and nuanced findings and being adept at asking questions to refine conclusions.

Communications skills. Ability to speak and write clearly, effectively, succinctly and spontaneously, especially under time pressures. Ability to synthesize information and tell a story about what data means for portfolio grantees and for New Yorkers living in poverty.

Project management. Ability to understand the array of factors affecting a decision in a complex environment, and to translate those thoughts into action quickly.

Flexibility/Adaptability. Capacity to multi-task, switch directions and assume new or additional assignments quickly and graciously with shifting priorities and conditions.

Comfortable with ambiguity. Able to identify assumptions, make forecasts and make decisions, if required, with limited information.

Empathy and good judgment. High degree of awareness of the immense challenges and setbacks in poverty-fighting and social services work.

Emotional intelligence and humility. The ability to acknowledge achievements of others, to share credit and to welcome feedback.

Positive and can-do energy; a team player, willing to do what it takes to get the work done

Demonstrated passion for leveraging technology for learning

Qualifications

Masters’ degree and 6+ years of experience preferred. B.A. required.

A minimum of five years of professional experience, with a demonstrated passion for education; classroom teaching experience strongly preferred.

Relevant content background. Knowledge of educational development and landscape, and economics or another social science research skillset strongly preferred.

Experience with low-income communities and familiarity with N.Y.C. preferred.

Experience convening and facilitating stakeholders for shared buy-in and learning.

Robin Hood Values

Our core values ground the work that we do in all areas of our organization. If these principles appeal to you, we invite you to apply.

Robin Hood puts people first. Always.

Robin Hood is unafraid to take action and create solutions.

Robin Hood is data driven and heart led.

Robin Hood works the coat check.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.

Please visit our website to complete our online application.

Robin Hood is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Role

Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

Robin Hood Foundation

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. In addition to funding 200 of the most effective nonprofits serving New Yorkers experiencing poverty, we amplify financial support with a range of management assistance.

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