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Program Analyst, Early Impact
Overdeck Family Foundation in New York, New York
Date Posted 08/26/2020
Philanthropy-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Overdeck Family Foundation believes unlocking every child’s potential is the key to a better future – for all of us. Founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs John and Laura Overdeck, the Foundation focuses on education, supporting research and organizations that seek to open doors for every child in the U.S. by measurably enhancing education both inside and outside the classroom. Using a data-driven and evidence-based approach, the Foundation's investments enhance each stage of learning, from birth to high school, grounded in five focus areas: early childhood; educators; schools; out-of-school STEM opportunities; and the use of data to improve policy and practice. The Foundation's grantmaking approach is grounded in measurable impact and cost-effectiveness. Its funding supports early-stage initiatives developing or validating programs, evidence-based programs looking to achieve greater impact by scaling, and data and research investments that lead to new insights.

The Early Impact portfolio within the Foundation focuses on supporting and empowering families, caregivers, and communities to apply evidence-based practices that provide young children a strong foundation for early learning and development, so that all children enter kindergarten with the skills needed to unlock their potential.

The Foundation is seeking a full-time Program Analyst for the Early Impact (EI) portfolio. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, the Analyst will support the portfolio’s and Foundation’s goals. This includes sourcing new grantees, maintaining and improving a research base and impact model, supporting grantee data collection and analysis, efficiently managing the grantmaking workflow, and building stakeholder relationships.

Visit for more information. To learn more about our Early Impact portfolio, visit the websites of some of our partner organizations: ParentCorps, LENA, Springboard Collaborative, UPSTART, Promise Venture Studio, and I-LABS

What You’ll Help Us Do:

  • Find and fund impactful, scalable organizations that support early learning and development

  • Help us develop a more open and equitable pipeline of potential grantees

  • Use your critical thinking and analytical skills to examine organizations’ impact and scale potential to determine alignment for our funding

  • Concisely and clearly write and present grant recommendations to the board

  • Achieve and articulate the impact of our and our grantees’ work

  • In partnership with the Foundation’s Strategic Impact and Learning (SIL) team, improve the EI portfolio’s impact model by creatively and rigorously applying evidence, grantee data, insights from research, and input from experts

  • Support grantees to achieve grant outcomes aligned with our mutual goals

  • Build relationships with peer funders in support of the portfolio and grantees

  • Enable continuous learning and improvement

  • Analyze and visualize data to drive internal decision-making, inform grant recommendations, and share with our partners 

  • Synthesize and continuously update evidence and research, use your understanding to identify current gaps

  • Maintain an up-to-date, complete database of all current and potential grantees to support analysis, learning, decision-making and reporting

  • Absorb and apply research, trends, and changes in the national early childhood, education, and philanthropy landscapes

  • Keep the team running smoothly

  • Efficiently manage the logistics of the portfolio, including grantmaking, grantee support, and events

  • Proactively identify and act on opportunities for operational improvements

  • Support Senior Program Officer and Associate Program Officer with grantee check-ins, events, and meetings

Who You Are:

A smart, eager learner. You take a nuanced and rigorous approach to your work, both able to act on well-informed hypotheses and willing to change your mind. You use your critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills to see patterns, guide smart decision-making, and evaluate opportunities. You’re comfortable with data and enthusiastic about what the data can teach us.

Flexible and proactive.  Your flexible, self-starting style helps you move quickly from one task to another and manage multiple projects at once. You take ownership of your work and aren’t afraid to solve problems creativity. You’re open to new projects and opportunities and get excited by the possibility that comes with ambiguity.

Collaborative.  While you work well independently, you thrive as part of a team. You’re comfortable building relationships, both within and beyond the organization. You ask insightful questions and listen with a desire to empathetically understand.

Results driven. You’re goal-oriented and do what it takes to get the job done well, and consistently seek to improve and grow. You say what you mean with excellent verbal and written communication. You balance attention to detail with big-picture thinking to prioritize effectively.

Experienced.  You have 3-5+ years of relevant work experience and a Bachelor-level degree (or equivalent experience). Experience in education or early childhood and exposure to both non-profit social enterprises and for-profit ventures are ideal.

Enthusiastic. You enjoy learning, collaborating, and having fun while working hard to improve outcomes for kids. You’re motivated by the Foundation’s mission of unlocking every child’s potential and its approach to funding promising ideas and solutions.


Overdeck Family Foundation has partnered with RCG Talent Solutions on our search for the Early Impact Program Analyst. Interested candidates should apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to with “Overdeck Early Impact Program Analyst” in the subject line. RCG Talent Solutions will review all applicants and, upon qualification, contact you to determine next steps.

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