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Research & Evaluation Associate Officer at The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Research & Evaluation Associate Officer at The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) is now seeking nominations and applications for a Research & Evaluation Associate Officer (AO). STBF is a private grant-making Foundation with a U.S. home office in Omaha, Nebraska, and a global office in Kigali, Rwanda. With annual spending in excess of $500 million, it is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. The Foundation has only two main areas of grant making: 1) supporting efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy and access to safe abortion for women in the U.S. and around the world and 2) to enable low-income students in Nebraska to attend and succeed in college. The Foundation currently employs 43 staff across 14 states in the U.S. and 7 staff in Kigali, Rwanda.

We seek a Research & Evaluation Associate Officer (AO) to support technical work in partnership with the College Access and Success (CAS) Program. Reporting to a Senior Research & Evaluation Officer (SREO), the AO operates in a supportive role on the team, collaborating with other team members and assisting on technical, administrative, and learning projects. The CAS mission is to provide sustainable, long-term access to higher education opportunities and support to degree completion for at-promise Nebraskans (i.e., students who are low income, many of whom are also first generation college students and students of color). Using an equity lens, the CAS team is focused on creating sustainable institutional change, maximizing the impact of financial aid, and creating evidence to support high-impact practices to reach these goals. The CAS team works with institutional and community partners to achieve these goals.

For the full position description and to apply, please visit: https://npag.com/stbf-re-assoc-officer


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Values & Approaches
• A commitment to DEIJ values and an ability to engage respectfully with all colleagues and partners, including those from an array of racial/ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations.
• Professional and personal integrity, and a demonstrated commitment to all Foundation values.
• Strong emotional intelligence, a willingness to think critically and creatively and ask challenging questions; and energetic, with an ability to succeed in a sophisticated, fast-paced environment that requires excellence, collaboration, and teamwork.
• Ability to balance teamwork with an ability to work independently and proactively to accomplish a wide variety of tasks and projects with strong organizational skills.
• Responsiveness to constructive feedback and a willingness to continuously improve.
• A willingness to travel as needed, with an expectation of approximately 5-15%.
• A willingness to support R&E’s work with other program teams when/if needed.

Background and Experience Qualifications
• A master’s degree with preference for a degree in educational research, psychology, sociology, statistics, or other related social science.
• At least two (2) years of monitoring, research and/or evaluation-related experience, with a preference for a focus on social science programs, including: developing measurement frameworks and logic models, selecting metrics, analyzing data, interpreting results, and applying lessons learned.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, EndNote, Excel, and other relevant software.
• Strong quantitative research skills, including an understanding of the concepts and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics as well as experience using software packages such as Excel, Stata, SAS, Tableau, and/or R for statistical analyses.
• Familiarity with qualitative research methods.

Employment Location: This role can be based in Omaha, NE at our home office location, or remote within the United States – with the exception of Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming. Remote staff are required to attend periodic in-person staff meetings in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hiring Requirements: As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses, subject to applicable laws.

Compensation: The minimum salary for this role is $114,000. The Foundation also provides comprehensive benefits.


This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Robert Diggs of NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest, qualifications, and experience supporting research and evaluation efforts in the college access and success space, along with their resume, via NPAG’s website by Friday, May 12, 2023.

Accommodations: If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request to recruitment@stbfoundation.org.

We are committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. This includes not only creating a diverse team where everyone feels represented, respected, and included, but also embedding these values across our work and practices. All applicants who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.