Manager, Artificial Intelligence Partnerships




June 10, 2024

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The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

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Hybrid New York or Washington DC, USA



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June 10, 2024

Independently research, design, build, and manage AI projects that align with the overall Innovation team’s AI strategy and goals.


Grant and Contract Administration

  • Scope, develop, secure, and manage projects from idea to closing. Execute funding concepts to advance (1) the use of data science methods for social good with a special focus on RF’s climate agenda, and (2) responsible and ethical deployment of data and technology tools.
  • Shape and guide concepts through the Foundation’s review and approval process, including complicated funding instruments, such as Program Related Investments (PRIs), Expenditure Responsibility (ER) grants, and recoverable grants, leading due diligence relationships with our grants, legal and finance teams, and proposal/budget development.
  • Design, scope and shape portfolios in alignment with Innovation goals around the AI strategy and support the climate agenda with input from senior leadership, external co-funders, and technical experts.
  • Proactively build and maintain strong working relationships with grantees and contractors, identifying challenges and collaboratively developing solutions to enable impact, including identifying co-funding opportunities to scale impact.
  • Establish, evaluate, and report on the performance of grants and contracts in the portfolio to drive measurement, evaluation, and learning.
  • Work with other members of the Innovation team, including New Frontiers and Data Science, to ensure transparency and alignment of work.

Technical Research

  • Regularly review technical literature and industry publications to stay updated on the latest advancements in data and technology relevant to Artificial Intelligence.
  • Actively participate in technical communities and conversations and stay informed about emerging trends and breakthroughs in the field.
  • Design, plan, and implement technical briefings and integrate technical insights into funding strategies.
  • Advise the Vice President for Innovation on new trends in Artificial Intelligence and their implications for RF’s grant portfolio.
  • Evaluate risks and challenges associated with AI implementation, propose mitigation strategies, and ensure compliance with ethical standards.

Technical Advising

  • Plan and implement technical advising projects across the Innovation Team and partner teams, collecting and evaluating technical information and providing decision-makers with recommendations of easily digestible trade-offs when trying to approach solutions to often complex problems.
  • Develop and manage collaborative grants and contracts to meet shared objectives.
  • Partner with other program teams to ensure connectivity and alignment with major initiatives, most importantly related to the climate strategy.
  • Foster collaboration with external partners to stay at the forefront of AI advancements and identify potential opportunities.


  • Communicate complex data, methods, and narratives in clear and compelling ways through design, data visualization, and concise writing.
  • Lead efforts to connect funded partners and develop/pitch impactful narratives that drive the shared mission of our grantees and The Foundation.
  • Publish blogs, op-eds, and research briefs to communicate Innovation work and findings, fine-tuned to intended internal and external audiences.
  • Execute convening designs to communicate Innovation work.
  • Lead the planning, execution, and follow-up of major Artificial Intelligence briefings, including at Bellagio and the newly opened New York City convening space.


  • Generally expected to have 7-10 years of relevant partnership-building experience.
  • Familiarity with and strong interest in Artificial Intelligence
  • International work experience as well as experience working in the private sector.
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to take initiative.
  • Experience in grantmaking and/or working in philanthropy.
  • Prior work experience in consulting is preferred.
  • Bachelors required; Masters preferred.

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