Data Discovery Assistant (Long-term, Part-time)

Foundation Center
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 26

Position description

Do you care passionately about supporting nonprofits and thrive in a fast-paced environment? If you do, this is the role for you. Foundation Center is looking for a part-time Data Discovery Assistant, International Grantmakers with dynamic online research skills to join our Data Discovery team.

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five regional hubs and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world.

Scedule: 19 hours per week, Monday through Friday (Flexible) between the hours of 10:00am to 5:30pm


The Data Discovery Team seeks a dynamic individual to support Foundation Center’s data research covering international (non-U.S.-based) grantmakers and related projects as a part-time assistant. S/he will serve as a critical arm to Foundation Center’s research process in gathering timely data on the giving, funding interests, and overall profile information of grantmakers located around the globe. The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills, both oral and written, excellent grammar and proofreading skills, outstanding internet research skills, an interest in philanthropy/nonprofit sector (interest in international affairs a plus), a friendly and outgoing disposition, and the ability to learn new technologies.


·        Provide critical support for research on international foundations.

·        Enter data regarding international funders and/or their grantmaking info Foundation Center’s internal database for inclusion in products such as Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Maps

·        Review existing records and update as necessary to ensure the timeliness and accuracy of Foundation Center’s data on international philanthropy.

·        Classify international organizations and their activities using Foundation Center’s Philanthropy Classification System, and participate in the grant coding process.

·        Research and write up summaries of the nature of philanthropy in priority countries identified by Foundation Center.

·        Assist the Data Discovery department with research and data entry tasks for special projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards a degree.
  • Embrace a team mentality.
  • Strong work ethic, highly organized, and able to manage multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent writing, grammar and proofreading skills a must.
  • Strong web research skills essential.
  • Knowledge of Excel required; experience with computer programming or candidate must be willing to learn.
  • Must be outgoing, friendly, patient, and willing to learn new research practices and technology on an ongoing basis, and possess very strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions necessary.
  • Candidate must have a very high level of comfort when dealing with co-workers in different departments, and should be comfortable entering meetings, answering questions, and dealing with Foundation Center partners, constituents and product users (if necessary) without hesitation.
  • Fluency in languages other than English is a plus, but not required.
  • Strong interest in and appreciation for the activities and contributions of the social sector and international affairs a plus.
  • Previous office experience preferred.

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