Learning Associate

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Research, evaluation and learning


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our guiding principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthens our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at RWJF you will make a difference.

The learning associate is responsible for working collaboratively with staff to lead a Foundation-wide learning approach and a set of prioritized activities in support of continuous quality improvement and impact. Working closely with Foundation’s emergent strategy efforts and staff across the organization, the learning associate will support activities that promote a learning orientation as central to the Foundation’s culture, one in which leadership and staff fully value and recognize learning as a priority, share a common language, and are able to create an atmosphere of trust, curiosity, and exploration. As with staff at all levels of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Research-Evaluation-Learning staff are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to the Foundation’s mission of building a Culture of Health and to the guiding principles and promise that undergird that mission.


  • Works with the learning staff to implement the Foundation-wide learning approach and prioritized activities that support three major areas of organization learning: internal learning, outside-in learning, and dissemination.
  • Supports internal learning by engaging in the following activities:
    • Works closely with emergent strategy and emergent learning processes to support reflection at key points in the strategy cycle;
    • Promotes, facilitates, manages, and documents processes that support program development; and
    • Facilitates processes for deriving insights from research and evaluation activities to inform strategy and programming.
  • Outside-in learning (expanding staff knowledge base to strengthen our work)
    • Develops and coordinates processes for systematically tracking research and trends in fields related to RWJF’s primary focus areas;
    • Manages Foundation-wide learning agenda and identifies Foundation-wide learning opportunities to support the agenda;
    • Helps to oversee learning calendar and coordinates related activities;
    • Coordinates, with support from Research-Evaluation-Learning (REL) staff, additional Foundation-wide learning activities, as assigned;
    • Coordinates outside-in learning activities with the Global and Pioneer portfolios.
  • Dissemination (sharing RWJF’s insights with relevant fields):
    • Working with REL, program and communications staff, develops and implements a strategy for disseminating institutional learning through various existing products and development of new learning products as needed;
    • Manages RWJF’s annual Sharing Knowledge conference.
  • Performs other projects and responsibilities, as assigned.


  • Master's degree or equivalent education and experience in public health or a related health, behavioral or social science field or Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years related experience and/or training.
  • Two (2) years of related work experience in health or health care related field, preferably in one or more of the following areas: tobacco control, obesity prevention, health behavior change, health care policy/systems, public health policy, research-to-practice translation, research synthesis/meta-analysis, health communications, health disparities research, behavioral/health economics.
  • Strong analytical ability and experience in producing clearly written materials for multiple audiences (writing samples may be requested).
  • Understanding of and experience with research synthesis/review.
  • Strong organizational, project management and presentation skills (e.g., PowerPoint).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and settings.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; experience considering and applying equity and inclusion principles to work.
  • Ability to work on a self-directed basis and as part of a team.
  • Strong project and people management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, to be flexible and to juggle multiple priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Good judgment and maturity. Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and ability to be responsive and clear with proposal applicants.
  • Personally motivated to support the Foundation’s mission and goals; creative, flexible; able to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; able to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue; able to inspire others to work toward achieving team goals.
  • Ability to travel as required.


The incumbent performs job duties in a traditional business office environment. Tasks are generally carried out with no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands. While performing the duties of this job the incumbent is regularly required to work at a desk and work with a computer for extended periods of time. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment such as personal computers, duplicating machines, fax machines and standard office telephones. The incumbent may be required to attend meetings, both on-site and off-site, via phone or videoconference.

Putting Our Principles to Work

2018 Annual Message

RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser reflects on the guiding principles that drive our work to improve health and health care for everyone in America.

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Post Date

February 11, 2019

Due Date

March 17, 2019