Special Assistant to the President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund (NY)

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The Rockefeller Brothers Fund seeks a special assistant to the president to: manage research that advances the president’s initiatives and public discourse; and draft briefings, speeches, talking points and presentations. The special assistant will effectively provide support to the president’s external leadership activities including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, the Iran Project, the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), relations with UN bodies and initiatives, and service on nonprofit boards. The incumbent will effectively liaise with the Fund’s Communications department.

S/He performs other tasks as assigned by the president.
Key Responsibilities
Research and Managing President’s External Leadership
Manage research that supports the president’s external leadership, initiatives, and public discourse.
Manage the president’s public events, meetings and functions, and maintain effective follow-up.
Occasional travel with the president to key events held in the US and abroad.
Support the administrative and substantive work of the President’s external leadership including: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship; the Iran Project; the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) relations with UN bodies and initiatives; and service on nonprofit boards; etc.
Communications
Develop briefings, talking points, and speeches for diverse internal and external audiences.
Partner with the Fund’s Communications department to ensure effective coordination between the Office of the President and the Fund’s communication efforts
Serve as liaison to RBF staff, to share and gather information, guidance and recommendations for opportunities that involve the President.
Ensure effective knowledge management in the President’s Office.
Collaborate effectively with other staff and departments to ensure seamless operations between the Office of the President and the broader institution.
Administrative and Special Projects
Support event planning and logistics including organizing lunches, dinners, receptions, etc.
Relieve the Senior Executive Assistant, as requested
Participate in internal institutional initiatives and projects, as appropriate.

The incumbent will perform all other duties assigned by the president.
Qualifications
Interpersonal and Leadership: Exceptionally strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to be consistently diplomatic, tactful, and professional, and to interact effectively with all levels of staff, trustees, and external parties. Ability to demonstrate initiative, integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence. Skills in collaborating and motivating others, with a strong sense of flexibility, patience, and good humor. Ability to exercise sound judgment and handle confidential matters with discretion.
Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the President and the Fund, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural competencies and appreciation, ability to build positive relationships with colleagues, trustees, public officials, grantees, and other external partners.
Communication: Exceptional listening, writing, and verbal skills.
Research: Strong internet, desk, and literary research abilities.
Decision-Making: Able to evaluate risks and opportunities, analytical and strong problem-solving skills.
Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task, high degree of attention to detail. Highly effective and efficient administrative skills and abilities, including ability to develop and implement administrative systems to accomplish work.
Technology: Strong knowledge of and ability to use computer technology to efficiently accomplish work, using e-mail, the Internet, Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Other systems currently in use include Box (for document management), Intacct (for expense reporting), and GIFTS (for grants management) among others.

Additionally, each employee is expected to:
Understand and support the philanthropic mission of the RBF.
Respect and value those who partner with or request assistance from the RBF.
Manage the resources of the RBF in a manner that maximizes the funds available for charitable activity.
Appreciate the value of diversity initiatives and equal opportunity in all work relationships.
Respect the contribution of each employee of the RBF and support colleagues in fulfilling their individual responsibilities.
Appreciate differences in perspectives and point of view and work collaboratively with colleagues toward shared goals and objectives.
Commit time to RBF activities and conversations that strengthen the Fund’s culture and improve its effectiveness.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in international relations, journalism, public policy, or related field, with at least eight years relevant experience; Master’s degree in international relations, journalism, public policy, or related field, with five year’s relevant experience.
Computer proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and internet search skills and ability to learn new applications quickly.
Prior work in a high-level government, or NGO leadership experience preferred.
Application Process

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, a generous benefits package, and a pleasant work environment.

To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume to jobs@rbf.org. Include Special Assistant to the President on the subject line of your email. Additionally, include a brief writing sample of five to 10 pages of your original work. No telephone or fax inquiries please. Application deadline is February 16, 2018.

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Attn: Human Resources – Special Assistant to the President
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 900
New York, NY 10115

For additional information please visit our website at www.rbf.org.

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