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Manager, Talent Research & Evaluation (RISE)

Rise Background

Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, will build a lifelong community of youth, educators, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others. The program, which will seek exceptional young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from around the world, will be designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come.


To encourage service, Rise will invite its community members to make service commitments together and develop a platform to match network members with common interests. In addition, Rise plans to support non-profits or other social enterprises that Rise network members drive together to serve others.  Finalists and others in the Rise network will have the opportunity to compete for as-needed funding to launch or scale their ventures; funds are intended to be designated for these purposes in a total pooled amount of at least $5 million per year of the program.


The Role

Reporting to the Director of Operations (Rise), the Manager, Talent Research & Evaluation (Rise) will be responsible for helping the team deliver on our promise to support all Rise community members, whether or not they receive Rise funding. Additionally, the Manager will apply a lens of continuous improvement to key aspects of programmatic design, including the application of rigorous research techniques to understand the efficacy of various program components. 

The Manager’s role will include:

  • Devising research and development projects, with a lens towards continuous improvement of the program and its components
  • Implementing, synthesizing, and sharing findings from research, including in program design, selection, partnerships, and matching
  • Designing long-term research strategies and ensuring our data collection practices are linked to those strategies.


Key Responsibilities

Design and implementation of research projects:

  • Design and conduct user studies to generate and support more high-quality candidates in 2021 cycle, including in priority groups and geographies
  • Design and conduct A/B tests to learn how to generate and support more high quality candidates, including in priority groups and geographies
  • Work carefully with the Schmidt Futures talent and network teams to share best practices and incorporate lessons learned from across the portfolio
  • Determine relevant external partners, methods, or research learnings to improve Rise; create plan for engaging external support as needed


Incorporation of research practices into program design:

  • Synthesize findings from research, making accompanying recommendations that will be accessible to a variety of audiences
  • Recommend and partner with program leads in implementing changes based on research findings — including in selection, partnerships, youth support, and matching
  • Work with Rise partners to implement best practices based on research findings


Design long-term research strategy and ensure baseline data collection:

  • Develop Rise’s long-term research strategy, including proposing potential longitudinal talent studies that could be enabled by this program
  • Ensure that the program collects appropriate data to create a baseline for future research stemming from the program.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Some of the desired capabilities include:

  • Building data pipelines between alternate data sources to populate database
  • Rapidly developing tools or frameworks to surface insights and trade-offs to stakeholders
  • Excitement to apply research principles to program design overall
  • Demonstrated commitment to and focus on user experience
  • Creativity and design skills 
  • Strong communication skills among technical and non-technical stakeholders.



Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate experience managing products through various stages of their lifecycle
  • Have at least 8+ years of work experience in government, business, philanthropy, academia, the military, or entrepreneurial ventures
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Be based at the Schmidt Futures offices in New York and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed following company policy and permitting circumstances.


About Schmidt Futures 

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together.  We knit talent into networks, bet on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equip people to scale through partners and modern tools. To realize this vision, Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools — including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity — for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. Our initiative brings together the efforts of various charitable and non-charitable entities to improve our potential impact by making diverse types of capital available to the efforts we support.


Futures Action Network, LLC, which operates Schmidt Futures, is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.

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