Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Research Assistant

Omaha, NE

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Website: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is seeking a Research Assistant for immediate hire. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Warren Buffett and the late Susan Thompson Buffett, and works to improve the lives of women and families throughout the world by promoting access to contraception and abortion and expanding educational opportunities for Nebraska students. It is comprised of International, U.S., and Scholarship Programs and the Research and Evaluation Unit (R&E Unit). The Research Assistant would be an integral member of the Research and Evaluation Unit.

The new Research Assistant will support the work of the R&E Unit and will engage in an array of tasks, including: searching for, summarize, and synthesize scientific literature; preparing presentations, graphics, tables, and spreadsheets; reviewing documents and reports for quality assurance; developing standard templates and tools to serve R&E (e.g. for budgets, Requests for Proposals, evaluator proposals, and annual reports); tracking project accomplishments and other information pertinent for historical record-keeping; managing logistics for off-site meetings and other convenings; communicating, both written and verbally, with R&E contractors, consultants, and grantees; maintaining electronic and paper-based records, organize electronic files, and help manage projects through use of an internal grants management system; attending technical meetings and take notes to facilitate momentum and document discussions and next steps; and other tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate for the Research Assistant role will have a bachelor’s degree and experience conducting research and/or evaluations; analyzing data; interpreting results; and applying lessons learned (not essential but welcome). Additionally, the ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated commitment to reproductive rights and access to education, and dedication to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an interest in engaging with colleagues and partners from an array of racial/ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, ages, genders, and sexual orientations. The ideal candidate will also bring an energetic, collaborative, and flexible style, emotional intelligence, and a sense of humor and collegiality; ability to work independently and proactively to accomplish tasks and projects; writing and editorial ability; facility with Microsoft Office.


The Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of the national search firm NPAG. Pease submit applications, including a cover letter and resume to:


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Cara Pearsall

Cara brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit organizations supporting public health and community development to her role as Senior Associate. 

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