Ford Foundation

Learning Officer

New York, NY

Position is closed

Website: Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation seeks applications and nominations for the position of Learning Officer to join the Office of Strategy and Learning to facilitate and support cross-programmatic learning at the Ford Foundation, and to contribute to organization-wide efforts that enhance an internal culture of learning. The Learning Officer will also support and strengthen the Foundation’s thought leadership and service to the fields of philanthropy and social justice.

Founded in 1936, the Ford Foundation is guided by a vision of social justice to address the underlying drivers of inequality, which it sees as the defining threat of our time. With headquarters in New York and ten regional offices across the globe, the Foundation stewards a $12 billion endowment, making over $500 million in grants annually and across a range of areas such as civic participation, arts and journalism, and natural resources management.

In 2016, the Ford Foundation formally established the Office of Strategy and Learning (OSL), demonstrating its commitment to building and sustaining a culture of learning across the organization. The OSL team provides critical support to the program teams on strategy development and refinement and drives organization-wide learning to advance the Foundation’s social justice mission of reducing inequality.  Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Strategy and Learning, the Learning Officer will develop and lead a range of activities including curating learning events and facilitating cross-programmatic discussions, serving as a critical thought partner to the program teams.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned facilitator with deep experience developing learning agendas in a fast-paced, complex environment across a wide spectrum of issues. They will demonstrate strong command of adult learning methods, a commitment to social justice, and extensive knowledge of the field of US-based and international grantmaking, with a particular focus on the Global South. The Learning Officer will be a dynamic and engaging influencer with highly effective relational skills, superior intuition, and judgment to effectively support the work of a range of internal and external stakeholders.

To Apply

The Ford Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall. For a full position description, please visit:


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Allison Kupfer Poteet

Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.

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