The Senior Fellow for the Pacific Northwest Team will advise leaders, grant makers, and partners on issues related to network design, implementation, and impact.
Note that this is a two-year Limited Term Employee (LTE) position.
This position requires an advanced understanding of network theory and application. The candidate must understand evaluation strategies and tactics; they should also have experience with knowledge management and dissemination of network findings that advance contribute to replication of promising and evidence-based network practices. The successful candidate will have established a strong academic training (or background) in research and practical implementation of networks, along with an interest and willingness to be part of a creative and innovative team focused on maximizing the effectiveness of philanthropic sector investments in networks. Specific experience with successful implementation of networks focused on families, communities and schools is highly desirable.
Advise internal and external teams on network design based on coherent, integrated theories of change, measurable impact models, scaling theories and strategies, collaborations, and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
Facilitate the development and documentation of a social network theory of change for the Washington State Strategy.
Help configure and implement networks to specified requirements in support of program outcomes and goals.
Contribute to development of measurement, learning and evaluation (MLE) planning and ensure network implementation is tied to the MLE framework.
Consult with partners to maximize impact of network-driven projects and ensure optimal learning across networks.
Promote effective knowledge management activities, including translation of research knowledge to practice environments, and other activities to promote utility of research-generated knowledge in field settings.
Facilitate development of internally and/or externally targeted white papers framing emergent points of view regarding application of network theory.
Facilitate communities of practice focused on improving knowledge and practice of network theory – both internally facing for PNW team members and other US Programs teams; and externally facing for grantees and partners.
Ensure high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge and Skills
Networks expertise recognized and valued by peers within the fields of network theory and practice, and ideally, of implementation science.
Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships, particularly within diverse communities.
Experience as technical resource to teams and leadership on structure of networks to achieve impact and scale.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
Strong qualitative and quantitative analytic skills.
Ability to be highly effective while managing shifting internal expectations.
Strong program management and strategic thinking skills.
Strong ability to integrate thinking.
Prioritize and manage large amounts of information relevant to the work.
Strong presentation and speaking skills.
Project management skills.
Critical thinking & problem solving skills are paramount.
Ability to negotiate and mediate.
Education and Experience
Advanced degree with 10+ years of experience, or equivalent experience. Experience in education and/or other community based initiatives using a network-based approach to improve education (preferred) or other social sector outcomes – and to develop solutions through a structured process such as implementation science.
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