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BBCA Research Assistant

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Job Title: BBCA Research Assistant
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June 17th, 2019
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The BBCA Research Assistant will support and help coordinate the work of the Building Broader Communities in the Americas (BBCA) initiative, including the Coordination Team and Senior Fellow.  This is a limited engagement from June 17, 2019 to December 31, 2019.  Must be able to begin work immediately and work approximately 20 hours per week.

Background on CFLeads and BBCA

Community Foundations Leading Change (CFLeads) is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to helping community foundations lead positive change. We help community foundations build strong communities by advancing effective practices, sharing knowledge and galvanizing action around the critical issues of our time. We give individual community foundations tools to rally the resources and build the relationships that drive change, and we empower the entire field to create the best possible outcomes for community residents.

Through the collective knowledge of the field, we create learning opportunities and resources that build the capacity of community foundations to lead change. And we are always looking ahead. We identify critical issues affecting communities across the country and help community foundations develop responses that are centered on the needs of their residents.

Building Broader Communities in the Americas (BBCA) is a network of North American community foundations and partner organizations working together to address local and regional challenges by tapping into vibrant yet often invisible transnational communities.

BBCA’s mission is to build stronger, smarter and more resilient communities throughout the Americas by enhancing the effectiveness of community foundations’ responsiveness to them.

BBCA organizers believe that:

  • Community foundations at their best are deeply connected to the populations they serve in their regions.

  • A network of community foundations throughout the Americas will help address the economic, political and social challenges that affect us all.

  • Providing community foundations with a network of like-minded peers can help build stronger, more knowledgeable institutions via sharing of best practices, access to resources, and funding opportunities.

  • Societal challenges as varied as economic marginalization, trafficking, violence against women and xenophobia have origins and solutions throughout the Americas. By working together to identify common needs and best practices, community foundations can find creative and constructive solutions to these issues and improve local prosperities.

  • Community foundations can play a key role in sharing best practices and conceptualizing collaborative efforts across borders that improve the lives of communities in their regions.

BBCA activities are supported by the Mott Foundation and Inter-American Foundation. CFLeads manages the day-to-day operations of BBCA, with support from IAF staff. 

 Summary of Role and Objectives

The Research Assistant is an independent contractor who supports the CFLeads CEO, CFLeads Director of Operations and the BBCA Senior Fellow but will engage with other members of the BBCA Coordination and Steering teams and other BBCA participants

1) Project objectives

  1. Coordinate BBCA Coordination Team and Steering Committee meetings and activities; and

  2. Support the work of the BBCA Senior Fellow through interviews, research, analysis, writing and editing.

2) Skills and experience needed

  • Research Assistant experience

  • Logistics coordination

  • Bi-lingual (English and Spanish)

  • Graduate level education in relevant field strongly preferred

  • Ability to travel to BBCA meetings including June 19 -21 meeting in Chicago

3)  Location

Applicant must be based in Boston and be able to meet at CFLeads offices, 2 Atlantic Avenue, on a periodic basis.

Submission Deadline:

Please submit a resume and statement of interest outlining qualifications and skills no later than June 10, 2019 to:

BBCA Research Assistant

c/o Caroline Merenda,

Director of Operations and Program Services




Contact Caroline Merenda at 800-292-6149, x610

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