Final Four

In the last three weeks, we received 52 impressive resumes for our current job opening: Program Associate – Evaluation & Improvement. Last week, I was able to meet ten of these individuals. They succeeded in making my job – the final hiring decision – extremely difficult. Today, we selected four candidates to participate in our final round interview process. What will that process look like? Below, you can see the challenge we’ve presented to our final four candidates. This is the e-mail our finalists received. What do you think?

“Congratulations! You’ve been selected as a finalist for the Program Associate – Evaluation & Improvement position. Out of 52 talented applicants, only 4 have been selected to advance to this stage. Your skills, experience, and understanding of the organizational mission have all helped you stand out in a crowded field.

Since the individual we choose to hire will be our second full-time employee, we have elected to create a somewhat involved final interview. We hope you recognize that there are no “correct answers” to these questions. We seek to discover the quality of your writing as well as your ability to connect mission and metrics. You will have the opportunity to discuss all three parts in an hour-long interview, likely with multiple Reach stakeholders.

Please take the following steps prior to your final interview:

1)    Read “A Good Thing Growing”, a report by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Please prepare a one-page (only the first page will be read) memo summarizing the report. Additionally, be prepared to spend 2-3 minutes orally highlighting the key lessons drawn from your reading.

2)    Read Pages 63-74 of Leap of Reason, a monograph written by Mario Maurino of Venture Philanthropy Partners. Once finished:

  • Identify three long-term goals for Reach’s work.
  • Identify three leading/predictive outcomes we should be measuring right now to provide critical feedback on our work toward those long-term goals?
  • Be prepared to explain why you think these outcomes are the most important as we begin to define our short-term goals and long-term vision.

3)    Identify three questions you feel Reach must address in the next year.

Please remember that you are welcome to send me questions, via e-mail, about any aspect of these assignments. If hired, you would not be expected to work in isolation, so we do not expect you to complete these assignments without being able to ask clarifying questions. The goal, however, is for you to demonstrate the quality of your work and outline your style of thinking, so I may simply reflect some questions back to you.”

We are so excited about the opportunity to continue our discussion with these four candidates, and we look forward to hearing about their thoughts on Reach’s present and future! In the next two weeks, we will proudly introduce you to our second full-time staff member. We can’t wait.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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