Impact Assessment & Learning Officer at The James Irvine Foundation

Feb 21, 2018

Impact Assessment & Learning Officer at The James Irvine Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation is seeking an Impact Assessment & Learning Officer to support the Foundation's assessment and learning activities including contributing to a culture of shared learning that increases staff, grantees and partner impact, and support ongoing improvement and adaptation.

This position is new and and is part of expanding IA&L capacity at the Foundation. The Officer will be part of the IA&L team and report to the Director of IA&L. The position description is attached to this message.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume to:hr@irvine.org

FOUNDATION OVERVIEW

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on expanding economic and political opportunity for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.6 billion in grants to more than 3,600 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With more than $2 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $84 million in 2017. We have approximately 50 staff in our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

As described in our IA&L Framework, the Foundation is committed to using impact assessment and learning (IA&L) to advance our mission. We use IA&L to guide strategy and grantmaking; be accountable and transparent about what we are doing and learning, and how we are applying that learning; and, where relevant, to share our experiences so that they can be leveraged by others to further enhance impact.

POSITION SUMMARY

The IA&L Officer supports the Foundations assessment and learning activities, including contributing to a culture of shared learning that increases staff, grantees, and partner impact, and supports ongoing improvement and adaptation. This position is new and is part of expanding IA&L capacity at the Foundation. The Officer will be part of the IA&L team and report to the Director of IA&L. The IA&L Officer will play a key role in the management of IA&L activities, including coordinating with IA&L team members and other Foundation staff. This will involve collaborating with, seeking guidance and input from, and creating relationships of trust across Foundation staff.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The IA&L Officer’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support the design and implementation of IA&L plans for grantmaking programs and initiatives and related measurement, data collection, and feedback systems that support strategy, grantmaking, and ongoing learning and adaptation
  • Contribute to technical support for research and evaluation projects, including development and review of RFPs, identification and selection of consultants, and feedback on design, tools, and products
  • Synthesize complex, diverse sets of information to help develop clear and actionable knowledge products for Foundation staff and board
  • Manage the day-to-day activities and work plan of the IA&L team
  • Assist in planning, facilitation, and documentation of internal reflection and learning events
  • Inform assessment, programmatic, and learning activities by researching, synthesizing, and presenting best practices and innovations in the field
  • Support efforts to build the IA&L capacity of Irvine’s staff and grantees (e.g., through group training, outside workshops, identifying and curating key resources)
  • Collaborate with program and communications staff to synthesize lessons and findings of evaluations and other relevant assessments for sharing with the field
  • Actively identify and facilitate opportunities for learning and improving the Foundation’s work within assigned projects 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • A master’s degree or a bachelor’s and equivalent work experience in a related field, such as social science, business, strategy consulting, public health, or public policy
  • At least seven years of demonstrated hands-on experience supporting the design and implementation of evaluation, research, and learning efforts that utilize a wide range of approaches and methodologies
  • Experience working in or with a variety of types of high-impact, data-driven social sector organizations, and/or foundations
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

The Officer may have developed or demonstrated the skills and abilities below in any context in which learning, evaluation, and research guide action and is used to enhance impact.

  • An organizational learning and effectiveness orientation, with experience developing and implementing processes that advance rigor and learning across an organization and team
  • Strong technical skills in data collection, synthesis, analysis, interpretation, and use
  • Experience, comfort, and flexibility to apply different learning approaches and take on a variety of roles (e.g., managing a team, being a coach, upfront role, and behind-the-scenes support), depending on needs, timeframes, and resources
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation, and group process skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with individuals and teams representing different interests and needs
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, self-directed with excellent follow through and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Good judgment with a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent written and oral communication, including the ability to distill and explain complex concepts
  • A personal style characterized by humility, flexibility, self-awareness, accessibility, curiosity, a sense of humor, and the ability to work with grace under pressure 
  • Excellent computer skills, including intermediary proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel, and the ability to learn and use web-based platforms and databases 


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