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 VP, Strategy, Evaluation and Performance Measurement

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Reporting to the EVP, the VP, Strategy, Evaluation and Performance Measurement will be a member of the Foundation's executive team responsible for analyzing and improving the Foundation's philanthropic Return on Investment (ROI) and developing/implementing best practices in grant making and performance accounting.

The VP will also be charged with creating and communicating the Foundation's innovative evaluation strategies and outcomes to national/international opinion leaders and policy makers.

The VP, Strategy, Evaluation and Performance Measurement will be an agent for change within the organization through program/grantee evaluation and the implementation of workable, practical, and sustainable processes that enhance productivity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Analyze the short and long-term Return on Investment (ROI) and impact of all Foundation grants.
  • Apply corporate benchmarking strategies, performance measurement indicators, and financial modeling to determine the effectiveness, outcomes, risk, scalability, and measurable impact of grants.
  • Identify and implement best practices within grant making and performance accounting.
  • Create an innovative upfront benchmarking process for initial grant awards and a feedback system for completed grants.
    Create and present real time performance reports of on-going grants.
  • Utilize performance assessment as a platform for Foundation-wide learning and improvement.
    Create value for the Foundation through improved reporting processes.
  • Develop benchmarks and standards by which the Evaluation Department's goals will be assessed on a quarterly and annual basis.
  • Manage (along with the Program Vice Presidents, Directors, and Officers), outside third party analysts and evaluators to aid in the evaluation process.
  • Work with the Foundation's communication staff to disseminate evaluation findings and structure discussions to inform staff, board, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Participate as a key member of the Foundation's senior team in the strategic planning process. Assess on-going progress toward strategic goals. Recommend revisions to the strategic plan based on evaluation results.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with peer foundations with comparable missions, priorities, and practices.
  • Foster a collegial exchange of information regarding grant making practices, evaluation issues, and the incorporation of learning strategies into the Foundation's operation.
  • Collaborate with the EVP to identify staff development and continuing education opportunities.
  • Work closely with the Foundation staff to promote an atmosphere of teamwork, enthusiasm, and commitment to the Foundation's missions and goals.

Educational Requirements:

Advanced degree in social sciences, education, evaluation or related field with substantial experience in research/program evaluation. Doctoral degree preferred. MBA desirable.

Technical Requirements:

Microsoft Office Suite
Microsoft Outlook

Professional Requirements:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in research and evaluation within a nonprofit, academic, foundation, or corporate setting.
  • Strong performance measurement background with knowledge of and demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.
  • Recognized innovator and change agent capable of creating and implementing effective process improvement initiatives.
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices within program/project evaluation.
  • Experienced in corporate benchmarking and analyzing Return on Investment (ROI) for funded initiatives.
  • Accomplished in developing and executing strategic plans.
  • Experience working in matrixed environment helpful.
  • Strong relationship builder capable of interacting with opinion leaders, international dignitaries, academics, grantees, and support staff.
  • High level of professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Ability to accommodate international and domestic travel to evaluate grants and grantees.
  • Strong financial and analytical skills.
  • In-depth understanding of the Foundation's charter and mission.
  • Knowledge of the grant making process.
  • Expertise in specific program areas helpful but not required.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation's mission is essential.
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