The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, seeks to recruit an Evaluation Officer for its Effective Philanthropy Group.
About the Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation’s assets are approximately $7.5 billion, with annual grant awards totaling more than $350 million. A thirteen-member Board of Directors provides overall direction for the Foundation. For more information about the Hewlett Foundation, please visit its website at www.hewlett.org.
About the Effective Philanthropy Group
The Effective Philanthropy Group, launched in August 2012, is designed to work collaboratively with all program and operational teams on issues of cross-Foundation relevance, providing support in the areas of strategy, measurement and evaluation, organizational learning, philanthropy, and organizational effectiveness. This hybrid team includes both grantmaking and internal strategic functions. The Evaluation Officer will report to the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group and will have the opportunity to contribute to and help shape this new team within the Foundation.
About Evaluation at the Hewlett Foundation
Evaluation is a key part of the Hewlett Foundation’s organizational culture of inquiry and learning. It is intended to be useful to our program teams, grantees, and the fields in which we work. Programs have lead responsibility for commissioning, managing, and using evaluation results.
The purpose of the Evaluation Officer’s role is to:
• Provide technical consultation to all staff undertaking evaluative efforts.
• Help programs think through the purpose of their evaluations and their key questions, methodology, and use.
• Maintain a dynamic learning environment for conducting evaluations, supporting improvements in practice and decision making.
About the Position
The Evaluation Officer is expected to actively contribute to and learn from the sector and also serve as a strong team member and organizational citizen—of both the Hewlett Foundation overall and the new Effective Philanthropy Group.
The specific duties of the Evaluation Officer will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Provide consultation during a program’s strategy development, including teasing out assumptions and logical underpinnings in its theory of change.
• Support program staff in all technical aspects of an evaluation: framing its priorities, questions, sequencing, methods, and interpretation of results.
• Provide practical support in developing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and reviewing proposals. Assist with the design of Evaluation Advisory Committees as appropriate.
• Spearhead an internal Evaluation Community of Practice for program staff who are leading their teams’ evaluation efforts and are interested in sharing and deepening their evaluation skills and knowledge.
• Debrief every evaluation with the appropriate program staff to understand what went well, what did not, key lessons, and what action was taken as a result of the evaluation. Synthesize and share lessons as appropriate so that other program staff may benefit from promising practice and lessons learned. Coordinate with the Foundation’s Organizational Learning staff.
• Maintain an up-to-date central repository of practical resources: a vetted list of consultants with desired core competencies; criteria for assessing evaluation proposals; and examples of evaluation planning tools, RFPs, and evaluation reports, including interim reports, internal and external reports, and executive summaries. Coordinate with the Foundation’s Organizational Learning staff.
• Support external sharing of results as appropriate—coordinating with relevant program, Legal, and Communications staff, as well as grantees and other external partners as appropriate.
• Provide and/or broker evaluation training for program staff in different formats (e.g., internal workshops, on-the-job training and coaching, and referrals to external resources as appropriate). Coordinate with the Foundation’s Organizational Learning staff.
• Develop, test, and support the implementation of an appropriate application template and workflow for evaluation grants, including grant agreement letters. Coordinate this work with the Grants Management and Legal departments.
• Position the Foundation as a leader in the field, in close coordination with Communications staff. Stay current with and contribute to state-of-the-art practices in the philanthropic evaluation field.
The Evaluation Officer should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
• Deep commitment to the core values and principles of the Hewlett Foundation and an understanding of the broader field of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
• Ability to think and act strategically, consistent with the Foundation’s commitment to outcome-oriented grantmaking.
• Strong technical evaluation skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods and in all aspects of the evaluation lifecycle: design, implementation, and use of results. Appreciation for how to promote both rigor and relevance.
• Comfort in working across programmatic domains and in bringing evaluation skills, techniques, and a learning orientation to bear in multiple content areas.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with peers in shared efforts.
• Organizational savvy, diplomacy, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Excellent project management skills with good judgment and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to process complex information and present ideas in a pragmatic, compelling manner.
• An advanced degree in the social sciences, economics, public policy, or related discipline.
• At least ten to fifteen years of relevant work experience conducting, designing, commissioning, and/or managing evaluations in the social sector. Experience with foundation preferred.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• The highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.
• Flexibility, good humor, and humility.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to spend extended hours at the computer. This position also requires moderate levels of travel.
Compensation and Benefits
For this exempt, full-time position, the Foundation offers a salary commensurate with experience and education and an excellent benefits package.
How to Apply
Please send our Human Resources Department a resume and cover letter explaining how your skills fit this position:
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject Line: [Your Name] – Evaluation Officer, Effective Philanthropy Group)
• Fax: 650.234.1985
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.