Crown Family Philanthropies - Gun Violence Prevention Program Analyst

Chicago, IL
Full Time
Entry Level
About Crown Family Philanthropies
Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP or the Foundation) is the philanthropic division of Henry Crown and Company (see below) and supports the Crown Family’s philanthropic and grantmaking endeavors. In 2009, after more than 60 years of family grantmaking under the name Arie and Ida Crown Memorial, CFP was developed to represent an array of family grantmaking practices. Today, the legacy of Arie and Ida Crown lives on in the work continued by their descendants, who remain dedicated to the Jewish tradition of tikun olam, or “repairing the world.” Supported by a professional staff of experts, CFP is led by more than 40 family members across multiple generations who come together to set strategy and make grantmaking decisions.

About the Gun Violence Prevention Program
Crown Family Philanthropies envisions a Chicago where gun violence is drastically reduced so that residents can live, work, and go to school safely in their communities. 

The Gun Violence Prevention Program, one of CFP's six main program priorities, makes grants in the areas of: a) ​​​​​providing direct services through community violence intervention, b) effectively leveraging existing gun policies, c) proactively identifying new systems-level opportunities to reduce the availability of illegal guns, and d) investing in programs that improve community-police relations.

CFP’s Gun Violence Prevention team also participates in city- and nationwide leadership and field-building efforts that seek to build a coalition of aligned support on these issues across nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, and government sectors, in order to increase support and funding for the sector in Chicago, and improve best practices in the state and nationwide.

About the Position
The Gun Violence Prevention Program Analyst will provide programmatic, team, and grants administration support, and will conduct research and analysis to support grantmaking, fundraising, and community engagement processes. The ideal candidate will have a clear commitment to social justice efforts and a background in one or more of the Gun Violence Prevention dynamic solutions. 

The Analyst reports to the Gun Violence Prevention Program Director and works closely with both the Director and Senior Program Analyst. The entire team works closely with trustees through the Gun Violence Prevention Committee structure to execute the Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention portfolio.

Successful candidates will have a natural intellectual curiosity and appetite for learning, the demonstrated ability to ask key questions, and sufficient initiative to take on responsibilities and duties with confidence.

Key Areas of Responsibility
Grant cycle management and grant administration support
• Serve as a liaison between the Gun Violence Prevention program team, the Grants Management team, and CFP administration to ensure the grants database is accurately maintained (i.e., implement proper processes for proposals, grant recommendations, grant reports, and grant agreements to ensure seamless communication of data and relevant information)
• Support the Gun Violence Prevention program team in the planning, development, and production of materials for grantmaking and strategy meetings; this includes managing multiple deadlines in the proposal review and meeting preparation processes
• Communicate grant cycle process requirements to grantees and applicants, responding to inquiries as needed; exercise judgment regarding managing deadlines, expectations, and level of information shared with grantee and candidate organizations
• Review grantee progress reports and work with relevant Program staff to determine if grant requirements have been met; support development of and utilize a data dashboard to address the team's needs
• Coordinate or support coordination of meeting planning, site visits, and other learning opportunities to increase family engagement within the Gun Violence Prevention program area
• Attend and provide administrative support for Gun Violence Prevention program grantmaking and strategy meetings
• Assist with research and/or data analysis for assigned Gun Violence Prevention portfolio areas
• Track, report, and coordinate the Foundation’s, family’s, and partners’ fundraising efforts for Gun Violence Prevention initiatives

Grantmaking analysis
• Support Gun Violence Prevention Program Director and Senior Program Analyst in
proposal review, site visits, and vetting of proposals and reports
• In consultation with program colleagues, analyze nonprofit financial statements, program data, operational conditions, and alignment with committee funding priorities to determine organizational strength and effectiveness

Research and writing
• Prepare grant summary documents and other materials needed for review of funding requests
• Manage communications and scheduling with assigned grantees and partners in the Gun Violence Prevention program area
• Create content around Gun Violence Prevention portfolio and partner updates and maintain engagement with family members through online family engagement platform
• Research issues relevant to the portfolios and prepare memoranda outlining primary findings and relationships to the Foundation’s areas of interest
• Assist Gun Violence Prevention Program team to assess data and conduct landscape analyses of priority grantmaking areas

CFP Team Activities
• Play a collaborative role within the Program team, seeking and providing guidance with CFP colleagues on issues pertinent to the role
• Participate in cross-functional teams that advance organizational aims around social impact and family engagement
• Engage in initiatives that foster team collaboration, including meetings, trainings, retreats, and special projects, taking the lead where interest, expertise, and opportunity coalesce
• Represent CFP in the broader philanthropic field at community, grantee, funder meetings, and conferences and other professional development opportunities, as appropriate

Core Competencies (Experience and Skills)
• At least two years' experience in community engagement/organizing, research and analysis, nonprofit, development or philanthropy (significant volunteer or internship roles count as relevant experience)
• Strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write clearly/succinctly, ask effective questions, listen, observe, and synthesize multiple inputs with sensitivity, diplomacy, and professionalism
• Ability to analyze complex and controversial issues with objectivity, to exhibit critical thinking skills, and to discuss and write about such issues in a neutral, balanced, and thorough manner
• Superb organizational skills, including ability to manage simultaneous priorities
• Meticulous attention to detail, particularly when tackling administrative tasks and data entry
• Ability to problem-solve independently and in groups
• Curiosity and passion for social impact related to Gun Violence Prevention
• Capacity for peer mentorship and training
• Willingness to take initiative and bring new concepts to the team
• Ability to thrive in a family-centered enterprise
• General knowledge and familiarity with the public safety, gun violence, and corporate sectors is a strong plus

Compensation and Benefits
Henry Crown and Company (HCC) and the Crown Family Philanthropies division offer a comprehensive compensation package that includes medical insurance, 401(K), paid time off, pension, and profit sharing. The salary range and additional information will be shared in candidates' first interview. 

Additional Information
Henry Crown and Company and the Crown Family Philanthropies division are committed to creating a diverse environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Hybrid Work Environment
Henry Crown and Company and CFP currently operate in a hybrid work environment, with staff
expected to work in the downtown Chicago office a minimum of two days per week. The Gun Violence Prevention Program Analyst can expect to work, on average, an additional one or two days each week in the field, meeting with program partners across Chicago.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women, members of the LGBTQIA+
community, individuals experiencing disability and BIPOC are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At HCC we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

About Henry Crown and Company
Henry Crown and Company is a Chicago-based, privately-held operation [not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization] that manages business interests and coordinates investments falling into four broadly-defined categories: publicly-traded securities, real estate, investment funds, and privately held operating companies. The corporate office employs approximately 200 professionals in the areas of investment management, corporate development, accounting, tax, human resources, information technologies, legal, family services, philanthropy, and administration.

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