About the Obama Foundation
Founded in January 2014, the Obama Foundation is a living, working center for citizenship in the 21st century aimed at identifying, training, and connecting the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens. The Foundation is developing the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago to serve as headquarters for the projects it will undertake across the city, the nation, and around the world.
As President Obama said in his farewell address, "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.” That concept is one the Obamas championed from the beginning, and it is now a cornerstone of the Obama Foundation’s efforts to support and develop the next generation of active citizens and emerging young leaders at home and around the world.
Real change—big change—takes many years, and requires each generation to believe that its participation matters and embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the most important office in a democracy: that of Citizen. Together, we have made extraordinary progress. Because there is more to do, this work lives on in the Obama Foundation.
For more information on the Obama Foundation, please visit www.obama.org ( http://www.obama.org/ ).
About MBK Alliance
President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. To scale and sustain its mission, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was launched as a private sector entity in 2015. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, along with cross-sector partners, will work to accelerate impact in targeted communities, mobilize citizens and resources, and promote what works — all with the goal of encouraging mentorship, reducing youth violence, and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. To ensure all young people can reach their full potential and as part of the Foundation’s mission to inspire and empower the next generation leaders, this work continues as an initiative of the Obama Foundation.
About the Role
The Senior Associate for Operations and Strategic Initiatives will work in partnership with the Director, Youth Opportunity Programs to ensure successful implementation of team-wide goals and priorities by developing and managing a detailed project plan and coordinating staff and consultants to stay on time, on track and on budget. The Senior Associate will also work closely with the Foundation’s Program Strategy & Operations team and Corporate Department to oversee and/or coordinate all team operations, including HR, contracts, budget and finance, IT and systems. The Senior Associate will also work with the Corporate and Development teams to design and coordinate the implementation of an effective grants management system, from RFP development, to announcement, scoring, award and tracking results. The Senior Associate will also take on special initiatives at the direction of the Director that advance team goals, such as team culture and professional development efforts. The Senior Associate, Operations and Strategic Initiatives will report directly to the Director, Youth Opportunity Programs, Obama Foundation.
The Senior Associate will be responsible for achieving the following outcomes:
- On an ongoing basis, ensure that the regular cadence of MBKA meetings and intradepartmental communication (e.g., weekly calls, retreats, weekly emails) are maintained and additive to members of the MBKA team
- In the first three months, work with the Operations Analyst to support the Partnerships team with all activities associated with the Advisory Board, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, meeting schedules, locations, development of agenda, and meeting materials
- In the first three months, develop and launch successful procedures to manage and track MBKA restricted grants and contracts in coordination with the Operations, Finance, Development, and Corporate teams
- In the first three months, work with Operations and Development teams to design and implement an effective grants management system for the Community Competition, including RFP development, scoring, award and reporting
- In the first six months, develop and manage detailed and flexible project plan and calendar across MBKA initiatives to operationalize the new strategy, closely tracking timelines, risks and opportunities for better alignment
- In the first six months, work with the Director to design and implement an annual program and budget review strategy, which leads to modifications and course corrections for the following year
- In the first twelve months, develop and launch a plan to build team wide traditions and strengthen culture and morale
- On an ongoing basis, longer-term strategic projects are managed with minimal oversight from the Director and MBKA team
The ultimate aim of the Senior Associate is to achieve the outcomes listed above. In order to achieve those outcomes, the role of the Senior Associate will be to:
- Lead the annual planning process to ensure alignment with strategic priorities and create process to track progress
- Work across teams to develop a detailed and flexible project plan and calendar to operationalize the new strategy, closely tracking timelines, risks and opportunities for better alignment across teams
- Oversee development of specific goals across all core priorities and track and encourage progress
- Develop and oversee an effective cadence of team meetings and retreats, overseeing content creation, agendas and tracking outcomes
- Develop and launch a plan to build team-wide traditions and strengthen culture and morale
- Work with the Corporate and Development teams to design and implement an effective grants management system, including RFP development, scoring, award and reporting
- Coordinate with the Director to manage activities associated with the Advisory Board, including staffing for all Board and Committee meetings, meeting schedules, locations, development of agenda, and meeting materials
- Support special projects for team leaders as needed
- Strategic, analytical, and operational thinker; creative problem-solver
- Exceptional project manager – effectively plans long-term projects, investing, managing, and communicating effectively with others to achieve objectives and meet deadlines; experience using project management tools and software
- Ability to juggle short-term and long-term tasks/responsibilities
- Experience successfully managing stakeholders at all levels (e.g., senior level executives, government officials, community leaders, nonprofit and philanthropic partners)
- Organizational and political agility; developed negotiation skills
- High level of professional and personal judgment and discretion; ability to offer counsel to members of management and staff; maintains confidentiality
- Experience managing team meetings and retreats
- Experience managing vendors preferred, ideally technical/website vendors
- Experience with grants management and reporting
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at email@example.com if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.