Non-profit Jobs: Strategic Services Analyst, Ithaka


Strategic Services Analyst
Position Details
Affiliate Ithaka
Location New York, NY
HR Contact

Position Description

Ithaka promotes innovation in higher education by helping pioneering
initiatives thrive. We provide mission-oriented entrepreneurs with a
range of services:

(1) Strategic consulting to help clients address critical business questions

(2) Research on trends and lessons learned

(3) Administrative support to enable new ventures to focus on their mission

The Strategic Services team helps clients develop business plans,
conduct market research, refine service and product offerings, and
formulate governance models. We also help foundations assess new
concepts, evaluate existing projects, and aid grantees in developing
sustainable business plans. We seek a talented, entrepreneurial
Analystto play an active role in the Strategic Services team.

Your role:

· Work with project managers to develop proposals for potential
clients and detailed plans for project work.

· Utilize secondary research sources such as online searches and
market research data to inform our understanding of the markets
addressed by our clients.

· Develop research tools such as interview guides and survey questionnaires.

· Provide logistical support for primary research efforts, such as
establishing contact with desired interviewees, developing interview
schedules, and following up as needed.

· Participate in conducting and documenting in-depth
interviews(typically with constituents served by our clients, such as
academic presidents, provosts, CIOs, librarians, publishers, faculty,
and students).

· Organize and participate in brainstorming sessions to generate
ideas and frameworks.

· Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as gathering
and interpreting market data using Excel or other applications.

· Assist in drafting reports, and communicating findings and
recommendations via written and oral presentations to staff and

· Gather information for marketing and fund-raising activities and
represent Ithaka at conferences and networking events.

· Some travel will be required.

Your background:

· Bachelor’s degree and excellent academic record.

· One-two years’ related work experience is desirable; recent
graduates will also be considered.

· Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and acute
attention to detail and accuracy.

· Superior interpersonal skills, including excellent telephone
andconversation manner, e-mail, creative writing, and

· Ability to prioritize multiple assignments, perform well under
pressure and meet deadlines.

· Collaborative, team orientation.

· Demonstrated interest in higher education, technology, scholarly
publishing, and related fields.

To Apply:

If you are bright, energetic and resourceful, and you have a passion
for higher education, please send a resume with a letter of interest

Fax: 212-500-2361
or Mail:
Recruiter – SSA
Human Resources Department
151 East 61st Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 100021

Ithaka is an equal opportunity employer and offers extensive prospects
for professional growth along with a competitive salary and an
excellent benefits package.

The Ultimate Resource- Free Markets – People Making Their Own Decisions

This is a day late but I just wanted to blog about this new series that aired yesterday night on HDNet.

Free Market incentives are spectacularly changing lives and entire economies over much of the world. In the last 25 years, hundreds of millions of people– 400 million in China alone– have climbed out of the dire poverty of living on less than $1 per day. It is the largest movement out of poverty in human history.

Yet, two thirds of the world’s population– four billion people– still does not have the tools to thrive in free markets. Forced to operate outside the rule of law, they have little education, no legal identity, no fungible property, no credit, no capital, and thus few ways to prosper.

However, when given the incentives and the tools, these people are proving they can apply their free choice, intelligence, imagination and spirit to dramatically advance their well-being and that of their families and communities.

The documentary features Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Hernando de Soto, founder of The Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru, James Tooley, British professor of education policy, and Johan Norberg, Swedish author and scholar.

Thanks to the Marginal Revolution blog for putting this on our radar.

Microsoft plans to offer a stripped-down version of Windows and Office for $3 to developing nations

Microsoft announced a plan to offer a stripped-down version of Windows and Office software for three dollars to people in developing nations as well as low income families within the United States:

The program, which is being announced in Beijing today by the Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates, represents an ambitious expansion of efforts to introduce products to those who have lacked access to personal computers, especially in developing nations.

But that’s not it!!

Microsoft has additional steps planned beyond the discounted software. For example, the company said that it would add 200 Microsoft Innovation Centers in 25 countries in the next two years. These centers — Microsoft already has 110 in 60 nations — train local people in software development and provide assistance in starting businesses.

Some economists argue that money is better spent on medicine and food for developing nations. However, I think the digital divide issue is easier to solve sooner than later so I’m very much for this and other programs like Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child.

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) For Non-Profits and Charities

Last week was Search Engine Strategies, which is the largest industry conference for internet search. Search marketers flocked to New York City to participate in workshops, network, and learn about new trends in the industry. One of the sessions was on search engine marketing for non-profits and charities and Search Engine Roundtable does a nice job transcribing it. This could be pretty useful for those of you who are responsible for marketing your non-profit or charity. Topics discussed include Google Grants, social media, and various search strategies.

Win $1,000 for Your Favorite Cause

Just passing this along from Squidoo:

Earlier this week, we announced a photo contest in conjunction with VolunteerMatch called Kindness in Focus.

Here’s how it works:

1) You send in great photos that capture moments of everyday kindness
2) The community votes on their favorites
3) The two people who submitted the best pictures win $1,000 each, to donate to the nonprofit of their choice.

For all the details on how to enter, check out

Socially Responsible Investing- Funds and ETFs

I haven’t written about socially responsible investing in a while so I thought I’d link to two recent articles that I read:

First is this article written by David Kathman on Morningstar about socially responsible investing, (SRI) funds. This column does a really good job of summarizing the broad landscape of SRI funds.

Most secular SRI funds avoid alcohol, tobacco, and gambling stocks, but beyond that they vary quite a bit in the criteria they use, just as the religious funds do. That can be both good and bad. On one hand, there are lots of choices for SRI investors, but on the other hand, it’s hard for beginners to sort through all the options.

He follows by discussing several SRI focused fund shops and goes into detail on Calvert, Pax, and Walden. He also discusses social funds of more popular money management firms such as Vanguard FTSE Social Index, TIAA-CREF Social Choice Equity, and iShares KLD Select Social Index. Actively managed funds that are mentioned are Dreyfus Premier Third Century, Neuberger Berman Socially Responsible, and Legg Mason Partners Socially Aware.

The article is really in-depth and is probably the best summary I’ve seen on SRI mutual funds. If you have a sincere interest in SRI, you’ll benefit from reading the article and heading over to Social Funds to check out the resources there.

The second article I’m passing along focuses on socially responsible ETFs, or exchange traded funds, which are “open ended mutual funds that can be traded at any time throughout the course of the day” (via Wikipedia). This article is a nice addendum to the Kathman article.

Socially Responsible Business Models

Another excellent piece for this weekend’s reading– Venturebeat, a blog about new technology ventures, publishes a piece on social capitalism, its two basic models, and why some companies are likely to succeed while others are not. The post is written by Jay Parkhill, who is an attorney that works in the technology sector. Keep in mind that most Venturebeat readers are technology investors so Jay is writing for that audience.

According to Jay, the two basic models are:

1. Companies that seek to do good by capitalizing on our existing shopping patterns. Example: Ethos water.

2. Businesses that encourage consumers to spend money in ways they would not otherwise in order to create a social and/or environmental impact. Example: Terrapass, Kiva.

Read the article for the complete analysis and the pros and cons of each model.

A U.N. initiative to promote business ethics could change the way B-schools operate

This week’s reading comes from Business Week and is about social responsibility— the article discusses a U.N. initiative that was launched in 2000, called UN Global Impact, to promote socially responsibly business practices in the world. The program looked at social responsibility from a financial perspective and adopted principles for responsible investment. It currently has more than 3,800 participants in 100 countries.

Recently, the Global Compact decided to expand its efforts to the academic community and is in the process of developing a set of Principles for Responsible Business Education. In January, Angel Cabrera, president of Arizona-based Thunderbird School of Global Management was named senior adviser to the Global Compact and is heading the task force developing the principles, which are to be presented at a meeting in Geneva in July.

Check out the Business Week article for the full Q&A with Angel Cabrera.

How Social Entrepreneurs Innovate

Colin Stewart, who writes for the Orange County Register blogs about the innovation styles of Mohammad Yunus, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering microfinance, and Michael Young, a British social activist.

The blog covers a talk given by David Galenson at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University last week.