IFF improves the world by strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve. IFF uses our expertise in capital solutions, real estate and community development to improve the lives of people in low-income communities and with disabilities. Key to our success is our deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results.
Throughout the Midwest, IFF works with nonprofits in every sector, including human service agencies, health care centers, early education providers, schools, affordable housing, and grocery stores Although the Research and Evaluation Department is housed in our Chicago headquarters, it provides research support across the Midwest to our six regional offices: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Louis, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.
IFF proves that social return can coincide with financial return. IFF is a U.S. Department of the Treasury certified community development financial institution (CDFI), a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and the Opportunity Finance Network, and a past recipient of the $5.5 million Wells Fargo NEXT award for Opportunity Finance. IFF is the largest nonprofit CDFI in the Midwest and one of only a few nationally to repeatedly earn the top AERIS rating. Since 1988, we have made over $640 million in loans, leveraged $1.7 billion in community investments, and grown our total managed assets to $308 million. The real estate services department has completed over $408 million in construction projects.
Accessing all the resources of IFF, the Research Department improves the lives of low-income and disables persons by providing data and analytics to inform strategic investment by IFF and our government, foundation and nonprofit partners. The Department produces actionable insights and direction through Big Data analytics; high-impact research reports; spatial analysis and ongoing analytics. Working with top level elected officials, non-profit executives and sector leaders, the Department brings together diverse stakeholders and creates a single vision, mission and strategic direction based on data and analytics.
IFF is looking for candidates with a commitment to the mission of IFF and the nonprofit clients we serve. Someone who can demonstrate his/her creativity, detail-orientation, diligence, efficiency, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor.
Basic Job Function
Research Associates complete high-impact research consulting projects. The reports are widely distributed and publically available on IFF’s webpage. In addition to writing reports, Research Associates coordinate an advisory committee; collects, wrangles and analyzes data to provide actionable recommendations and presents findings to top-level elected officials, nonprofit executives and leaders of foundations.
The Research Associate, Educational Specialist focuses on projects that increase educational opportunities for all children. His/her work shapes the early education and K-12 public school sectors. S/he works with diverse stakeholders, often with competing agendas, to produce objective and transformational reports. S/he unites stakeholders in a shared vision, based in data and analytics, and informed by the shared goal of increasing educational opportunity for all children. The studies inform the allocation of resources, school reform strategy, public policy, identifying sites for new schools or early education centers, facilities and program investments and reform strategy. There may be opportunities to work in other sectors, depending on the knowledge and interests of the candidate.
The Research Associate, Education Specialist, will work independently and as a member of a team in planning and executing research projects: collects, compiles, validates, interprets and analyzes data and trends. Compiles, merges and aggregates data using statistical software (SPSS); and prepares documents, reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings. The current position will have a content focus on early childhood education and care, and K-12 education.