The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the foundation in honor of their mother.
The primary mission of the foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.
The foundation believes that an essential step toward supporting child and family services is developing and positioning individuals to lead institutions and systems toward improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and families. Nearly 20 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recognized that without strong leadership, investments in programs and system reform initiatives alone were insufficient to accelerate measurable and lasting improvements in child and family well-being. Since the launch of Casey's Children and Family Fellowship, the foundation's signature leadership program, in 1993, the foundation has developed a comprehensive portfolio of leadership development tools and programs to support leaders—from public, private, and community organizations—working to accelerate important child and family well-being results. The foundation's unique approach to leadership development—results-based leadership—stems from a conviction that results-driven leaders are vital to achieving measurable and lasting improvements in child and family well-being.
The Davidson Impact Fellow will be placed in the Leadership Development Unit (within the larger division of Talent and Leadership Development) and serve in the role of program assistant for performance management. In addition to being an integral part of the leadership development team carrying out the specific duties described below, the Davidson Impact Fellow will be exposed to the overall work and larger staff of the Foundation, and will leave the position with knowledge about and experience from working at a large, national philanthropic organization.
As the program assistant for performance management, the Davidson Impact Fellow will report to the director of leadership development and work with program staff and consultants of the Leadership Development Unit to implement a performance management system that will collect and analyze data for all of the foundation's results-based leadership programs. This system will allow us to know the degree to which participants build their results-based leadership skills and apply them in the service of improving outcomes for the children, families and communities with which they work.
The work of the Davidson Impact Fellow will be to develop and manage the performance management system, ensuring that it collects the necessary data to allow us to know if we are meeting our annual performance measures, and more importantly, if our program participants are ultimately "turning the curve" on important child and family well-being measures. In this position, the Davidson Impact Fellow will learn about Casey's approach to results-based leadership, interact with staff and participants, develop data collection tools, input and analyze data, and generate reports and other necessary information to inform the foundation of the success of the results-based leadership portfolio. If time allows, this work may extend to creating similar performance management systems and processes that serve other components of Casey's Talent and Leadership Development Unit.