The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Operations Coordinator

Omaha, NE

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The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is seeking an Operations Coordinator for immediate hire. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is a private grant-making foundation based in Omaha, Nebraska and is one of the largest foundations in the United States. The Foundation’s primary focus is on increasing access to family planning services and supporting reproductive choice and rights, both in the U.S. and internationally. Additionally, it has a long-standing college scholarship program for Nebraska students, as well as an awards program to recognize outstanding teachers in the Omaha Public School system.

The Operations Coordinator will report to the Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Sandra G. Garcia. The Foundation is organized into three grant-making programs (the International, U.S., and Postsecondary Access and Success Programs) and the Research and Evaluation (R&E) Unit. The R&E Unit functions as an internal technical support team that assists all three programs on select research and evaluation activities. The R&E Unit itself does not carry out original research or conduct evaluations of Foundation projects. Rather, the Unit works in close collaboration with our program staff by advising on the best uses of methodologically rigorous research and evaluation techniques. Currently, the R&E Unit is composed of a Director, five Senior Officers, four Officers, three Associates, and a Research Assistant. The success of the R&E team depends on highly motivated individuals who work well independently and collaborate effectively across our Unit, program staff, and external partners.

The Operation Coordinator’s role is to support the R&E Director to maximize the effectiveness of the R&E Unit. The position is part executive assistant, part problem-solver, and all-around team support to advance R&E’s goals and the Foundation’s mission. Specific duties and responsibilities of the Operations Coordinator include, but are not limited to: providing direct support to the Director; promoting the R&E Unit’s team cohesion and functioning; supporting the Unit’s strategic processes; developing, updating, and managing the R&E team budget; assisting the Director and team with preparations for annual Board reports and meetings; and performing other duties as assigned.

We are seeking an individual with strong demonstrated project management and/or executive assistant experience who is proactive, detail-oriented, organized, efficient, and an excellent communicator in both written and oral form. S/he will have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of professional experience, ideally in supporting senior leadership through either project management or executive administration. S/he will also bring experience in developing, reviewing, and managing budgets, timelines, and workplans. The ideal candidate will have experience working in research, medical/public health, or other similar settings. S/he will have the willingness to travel approximately 10% of the time. The ideal candidate will also have proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and G Suite (experience with Endnote, Tableau, and Basecamp is a plus). S/he will have proactive problem-solving skills, a “can do” attitude, and the eagerness to adapt and grow this new position to meet the needs of the R&E Unit. Applicants must be interested in, and committed to, reproductive rights.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The Foundation offers a generous benefits package, including medical/dental insurance and a retirement program. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to thrive and grow in a challenging and busy, yet supportive and family-friendly, environment. Based on an honor system, the Foundation offers a flexible vacation policy to ensure a healthy work/life balance.


The application deadline is June 21, 2019. Interested applicants should respond ASAP by submitting a resume and cover letter. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. The cover letter should clearly articulate the reasons for your interest in this position and discuss why you feel you would be a good fit. Please send these materials to: References and other information may be requested. Semi-finalists will be asked to participate in telephone interviews with Foundation staff. Finalists will be invited to interview in-person at the Foundation. The start date for this position is as soon as possible.  

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and actively seeks individuals who can offer broad perspectives to our organizational thinking and culture.