• Research Associate

    US-NY-New York
    Job ID #
    HQ / Initiative
  • About the Clinton Foundation

    Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.


    As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.


    We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.


    Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.


    Incumbent is responsible for carrying out vetting and due diligence for the Clinton Foundation under the supervision of the Director of Vetting & Research. Incumbent’s primary responsibility is to research and assess potential Foundation donors and partners. Incumbent will also be required to help maintain database of vetting records and assist with special projects. The position requires judgement, attention to detail, project management as well as strong research and analytical skills.


    Scope refers to the extent or range of operations for the position. Impact refers to the effect of the position’s actions on the organization.
    Incumbent will conduct research and diligence evaluation on individuals and entities that may associate with the Foundation. The impact of incumbent’s research is significant and Foundation-wide.



    1. Perform vetting of individuals and organizations with which the Foundation considers engaging. Provide assessment of individuals or organizations.
    2. Produce assessments on researched subjects, presenting relevant information in a clear and concise format. Incumbent must be skilled at adapting writing style and information presented to varying audiences when preparing reports.
    3. Maintain database of vetting records and reports.
    4. Monitor the changing landscape of open-source collection techniques and due diligence service providers. Engage in other relevant research and training as needed.

    * Additional responsibilities as requested/required by the Foundation.

    * Occasional overtime may be at times required.


    1. Education (Minimum Needed and Type of Degree Needed):
    Bachelor’s Degree.

    2. Work Experience (Minimum Needed): 2-5 years of relevant work experience. (Professional research experience preferred.)

    3. Specialized Knowledge Needed For Performance of Job: Proficient research skills. Knowledge of open-source research methods, techniques, and practices, and their capabilities and limitations in order to capture and report on data for the development of briefing materials.
    Familiarity with research databases preferred, including: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Blackbaud CRM (or other CRM software), and Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR.


    4. Skills (e.g. Level of Judgment Required, Ability to Direct, Work Independently, Multi-Task, etc.):


    Excellent writing skills and ability to adapt writing style and information presented to varying audiences.
    Excellent research skills.
    Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team in and multi-task in fast paced environment.
    Ability to effectively manage a variety of matters and assignments and meet multiple deadlines at once.
    Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and enthusiasm.


    5. Special Skills (e.g. Technical, Advanced): Skill in conducting unbiased complex research, identifying appropriate systems and data sources, and producing risk assessments.

    Proficient open-source research skills using a variety of research tools and techniques, including LexisNexis. Spanish language fluency a plus. 


    6. Other (Communication Skills, Mechanical Aptitude, Math Skills, Learning Skills, or Other Specific Skills Required): Exceptional work ethic and attention to detail.


    Physical and Other Requirements

    Professional Office.

    Significant Computer Work, Which May Require Repetitive Motion, Prolonged Periods Of Sitting, And Sustained Visual And Mental Applications And Demand.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    The Clinton Foundation maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.


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