Research Associate (City Solutions)

100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation)

New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸


100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is a new organization dedicated to helping cities around the world be better prepared for, and quickly rebound from, 21st century shocks and stresses. Over the next few years, 100 Resilient Cities will select and work with 100 member cities from around the globe for whom it plans to provide four kinds of value: 1) Financial and other support for putting in place a new city resilience leader, a Chief Resilience Officer; 2) Support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3) Management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities who can learn from and help each other; and 4) Connections to solutions, service providers, and other partners who can help cities implement resilience strategies. 100RC seeks to increase awareness of the importance of resilience thinking, to catalyze a new community of urban resilience practitioners, and to spur the growth of a robust ecosystem of resilience-focused solutions and solution providers.


The City Solutions Research Associate will help collect, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information generated from the 100RC City Solutions Team (CST) within its network of cities. This research will be used to communicate learning internally and externally while informing the City Solutions, Solutions Development & Innovation Team’s partnerships with the public and private sector. S/he will be part of a small, new team led by the Head of Research, and will be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with global team members across the CST and 100RC organization. The Research Associate will play a critical role in helping the organization better understand and communicate current and past activity, optimize solutions, liaise with other knowledge capture activity within the organization, explore scalability options, curate and deploy subject matter advisors, and aggregate data points for internal prioritization and external messaging.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Researching, writing, and editing partnership and implementation case studies that can be used for internal and external purposes
  • Supporting organization-wide efforts to tag and organize resilience documents created within member cities
  • Supporting efforts to connect cities with internal (100RC) and external subject matter advisors
  • Engage with CST, other 100RC colleagues, platform partners, and strategy partners to cultivate learning and help optimize solutions
  • Conducting independent research projects as necessary
  • Proactively contributing to the study and exploration of the concept of resilience
  • Create dynamic presentations and delivery of resilience theory in the context of the 100RC platform and city solutions delivery
  • Capture learning from engagements that can be shared as best practices within the network and externally
  • Research and interpret resilience strategies and utilize them to influence partner development catalyze a marketplace for resilient solutions influence research prioritization of new topic areas
  • Contribute to Knowledge and Impact team’s learning products as they are developed
  • Stay abreast of research and innovations on urban resilience challenges by key academic organizations and think tanks. Develop summaries of relevant work and opportunities for new partnerships as need be.
  • Help drive behavior change across the organization to ensure all teams and team members have appropriate mechanisms and incentives to better capture and share knowledge and insights from their work.
  • Administrative and coordination duties as necessary to support the research team’s growth and interaction with other departments.
  • Additional tasks as the unit grows.

​Ideal education, experience, and competencies:

  • Minimum of a BA/BS; Masters in relevant field preferred
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in research activity, alongside an authentic connection to urban resilience, with a background in relevant issues such as gender issues, public health, disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation, vulnerable populations, mobility, etc.
  • Ability to work independently, drive progress, share vision, promote innovation, and thrive under ambiguous and dynamic conditions with collegiality and flexibility
  • Highly organized and experienced in leading multiple projects forward, with attention to detail and command of project specifications
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills for multiple audiences
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission and business model
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong emotional intelligence, and ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse colleagues
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

100 Resilient Cities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

100 Resilient Cities is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, 100 Resilient Cities ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.