Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer
The Kresge Foundation has an immediate opening for a Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer.
About the foundation
The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit's largest private, national foundation with $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America's cities for low-income people. We do this through grantmaking and social investing nationally in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.
The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters is located in metro Detroit. The modern facility is anchored by a 19th century farmhouse and a new expansion that houses both a cafeteria and a convening center. Kresge also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
The Kresge Foundation offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer-paid dental and vision, basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability, generous paid time off and an attractive 401k plan with employer match and a 10 percent employer contribution. We also provide breakfast, lunch and snacks daily for a nominal charge, robust professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Kresge promotes and supports a healthy and green work environment and encourages intellectual curiosity, as we embrace and live out our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership and stewardship.
About the position
The Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer (SLEO) will serve as a thought partner to internal program and practice teams and lead activities that support a culture of learning and continuous growth, connect data and insights with decision-making and improve overall effectiveness. Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation, the SLEO will also cultivate ongoing multidisciplinary strategic learning efforts and training that foster and embed evaluative thinking across the foundation and will bolster Kresge’s efforts to disseminate the foundation’s learnings across the field.
Additionally, the SLEO will steward relationships with external consultants and will collaborate with Program Operations and Information Management staff to support accountability, learning, and decision-making, drawing on the full suite of data and analytics tools available.
Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation, the SLEO will be essential to the continued growth and development of the learning and evaluation function. S/he will serve as a thought partner to program and practice teams to lead and support a host of activities that support a culture of learning and continuous growth, connect data and insights with decision-making, and improve overall effectiveness. In the first 6 to 12 months and beyond, the SLEO can expect to engage the following core opportunities and challenges:
- Guide a subset of program and practice teams in refining their theories of change, reassessing priorities, and refreshing goals and objectives for continuous learning.
- Steward relationships with a range of external consultants engaged in commissioned evaluation, ensuring that efforts are consistent across practices and meet or exceed standards for accountability and learning.
- Support accountability, learning, and decision-making by collaborating with Program Operations and Information Management staff to draw on the full suite of data and analytics tools available.
- Cultivate ongoing multi-disciplinary strategic learning efforts and trainings that foster and embed evaluative thinking across the foundation and connect learning with action to enliven Kresge’s values and mission.
- Bolster Kresge’s efforts to join conversations that advance the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and disseminate the foundation’s learnings across the field.
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Five to seven years of experience in community development, community change, urban planning, or a related field; bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred.
- A strong understanding of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods and practices, and experience working flexibly with internal program teams to identify and deploy evaluation processes aimed at usability and learning.
- Experience developing theories of change and logic models, along with facilitation skills to frame hypotheses.
- A dynamic influencer with highly effective interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at multiple levels.
- High emotional intelligence with the ability to provide nuanced support to team members on issues that may be challenges or points of opportunity.
- Natural inclination and intentionality for learning; A curious disposition motivated by the internal drive to uncover and shed light on complex issues.
- Deep knowledge of the field of philanthropy and strategic grantmaking; Experience working across the social sector with foundations, non-profits, and mission-driven organizations.
- Demonstrated commitment to Kresge's vision and its five values – stewardship, respect, creativity, partnership, and opportunity – with the ability to embody them in daily interactions; Dedication to expanding opportunity for low-income communities and to advancing equity with the belief that learning and evaluation is in service to the communities that Kresge is seeking to support.
- Flexibility and agility working across content areas with an appreciation for the intersections between issues; Ability to synthesize complex, cross-disciplinary material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue while maintaining clarity around the big picture; Experience using a combination of objective and subjective data to create relevant, dynamic learning opportunities.
- Effective time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills; A compelling story teller who can weave a narrative that speaks to a variety of stakeholders.
The Kresge Foundation has retained the assistance of Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of the national search firm Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group (NPAG) in this effort. Instructions on how to submit nominations and applications can be found at the end of this document.
The Kresge Foundation has retained the assistance of Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of the national search firm Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group in this effort.
All nominations and applications which include a cover letter, resume, salary history and source of knowledge of the position should be directed to KF-SLEO@nonprofitprofessionals.com
The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.