Posted on October 2, 2012
Senior Research Analyst, Standards and Measurement
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Committee Encouraging - Senior Research Analyst, Standards and Measurement
CECP is seeking an articulate, personable, and insight-driven Senior Research Analyst to oversee the organization’s annual corporate philanthropy benchmarking initiative and to represent CECP as an eminent expert on emerging trends in corporate giving. Specifically, the Senior Research Analyst will manage the full lifecycle of CECP’s Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) survey, which is widely accepted as the industry’s leading survey of corporate contributions among Fortune 500 firms as well as by industry and national press. Reporting to the Director and working alongside a fellow Senior Research Analyst focused on a parallel project related to global measurement, this position will be accountable for annual data collection, trend analysis, report authorship, valuation guidance, and client support. The ability to find the story within the data; articulate it in presentations, media interviews, blogs, and a written report; and work closely with giving officers to understand their day-to-day issues and assist them in putting the findings to use in a practical manner are all at the heart of making the most of this exciting career opportunity. This work directly supports CECP’s important mission, as the Senior Research Analyst helps companies make the case for raising the level and quality of their giving. As his/her familiarity with CECP and the field of corporate philanthropy grows, CECP expects that the two Senior Research Analysts will function as a team, with some strategic overlap in their job roles within a larger context of clear ownership and accountability.
- Manage Annual Survey Participation. Set participation goals, create an outreach plan, and serve as a resource for CECP’s prominent membership of giving professionals to foster year-over-year participation in the CGS survey. Articulate the benefits of survey participation to prospect companies.
- Analyze Data and Trends. Maintain the strict confidentiality of the $100+ billion in corporate giving data in CECP’s online benchmarking system, and rigorously analyze it to provide insight into trends on matching gift programs, international giving, staffing, employee volunteerism, and other aspects of corporate philanthropy. The Senior Research Analyst must be an advanced user of Excel and have fastidious attention to detail.
- Author Report. Manage all aspects of creating the content for CECP’s annual trend report titled “Giving in Numbers,” including: interviewing members and other thought leaders to investigate emerging themes; making the final call on what to include and how best to structure report elements; writing the report; and creating all figures. Once fully independent, the Senior Research Analyst will have authorship credit for this publication.
- Provide One-on-One Support. Promptly create customized analyses and tailored presentations to assist companies with benchmarking alongside the broader industry or peer-company trends. Offer system demonstrations and trainings to those new to the online system.
- Present Findings to Practitioners and Experts. Present to audiences ranging from 25 to 250 on the latest data findings. Discuss the trends with journalists across all media types, and connect with relevant thought leaders to discuss the points of intersection between this and other prominent research shaping the field.
- Manage Technical Enhancements. Recommend technological system upgrades to the CGS online benchmarking system and manage an offsite team of programmers.
- Provide Valuation Expertise. Stay abreast of changing trends in corporate philanthropy and make judgement calls on how to update the CGS Valuation Guide and survey questions to stay aligned with current practice, as appropriate.
- Experience in roles requiring significant data analysis and analytical acumen. Advanced expertise in Microsoft Excel and a basic knowledge of statistics.
- Proven ability to translate complex data into a compelling story that can be shared with a variety of audiences.
- Experience in developing and managing client relationships.
- Dynamic public speaking ability and excellent writing skills. Media experience a plus.
- A commitment to excellence and accuracy in all deliverables.
- Proven ability to manage multiple and competing priorities simultaneously.
- Tact and poise suitable for working with CEOs and senior corporate executives.
- A motivated self-starter with a roll-up-your-sleeves, solutions-oriented attitude.
- MBA, MPA, or similar advanced degree is preferred.
- Interest in CECP’s mission; knowledge of key issues in corporate philanthropy preferred.
- The capacity to work independently while contributing to team projects as appropriate.
- A sense of humor and the humility to regularly incorporate the feedback of others.
- Interest in growing with CECP over time with continually-increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy.
- This position is in New York City and working remotely is not possible.
- Limited travel is required.
Please email a single PDF document containing your resume and a thoughtful cover letter (outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity) addressed to Margaret Coady at jobs@CorporatePhilanthropy.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.