URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. Founded in 2000 to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings, URI implements its mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of our member groups and organizations to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.
URI is currently comprised of over 560 member groups called Cooperation Circles (CCs) based in 83 countries around the world impacting well over 2.6 million people. Headquartered in San Francisco’s Presidio, URI has a staff of 14 in San Francisco, one in Buenos Aires and one in the U.K. as well as 16 regional coordinators and several program associates who anchor URI’s work in eight regions. In addition to URI’s supported network of Cooperation Circles, the organization also offers a number of key Global Initiatives including the Young Leaders Program and the Traveling Peace Academy. Our 2013 budget is $3.1 million.
For more information, visit www.uri.org.
The Director of Evaluation and Learning is a new position. Serving as a member of URI’s senior management team the Director will provide leadership and day-to-day management for learning and evaluation activities at URI. S/he will oversee the design, training, implementation and maintenance of URI’s impact management system based on the organization’s Theory of Change, all data collection, and all internal evaluation efforts. The Director will work collaboratively with the Director of Regional Development to supervise URI’s Regional Coordinators and provide capacity building and coaching for evaluating regional work and with program coordinators to evaluate URI’s Global Initiatives. This person reports directly to the Associate Executive Director.
• Work in close cooperation with URI’s Associate Executive Director and the Director of Regional Development to develop an impact management infrastructure, including the design and use of surveys and other data collection methods for the evaluation of regional development and URI’s global programs.
• Design, test, implement and modify as necessary specific data collection instruments for each URI region and for global programs such as pre/post-tests, surveys, assessments, interview guides, and focus group protocols;
• Analyze collected output, attendance, and outcome data and prepare reports for internal use and external distribution summarizing analyzed results. Disseminate evaluation results to the URI network, funders and partners;
• Work closely with URI’s Fundraising Department to provide outcome information for
proposal writing and author text for evaluation plans and theory of change;
• Work in close collaboration with the Director of Regional Development to assess the different regional evaluation needs and capacities and supervise and coach some Regional Coordinators to build regional capacity for evaluation
• Identify and oversee professional development opportunities in collaboration with the Associate Executive Director and Director of Regional Development
• Promote a culture of reflection, learning, and data-based decision making among URI staff, Global Council and member Cooperation Circles.
• Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, sociology, or related field that includes background on research and evaluation, outcome measurement, or statistics.
• A minimum of six years experience conducting, designing or managing evaluations in the social sector.
• Experience working with databases, performance management systems, or other data collection systems.
• Experience completing research, evaluation, or performance management projects ideally in community development, education or youth development.
• Prior experience managing or overseeing research, evaluation, or performance management projects. This should include experience supervising staff, project budgeting and planning, and managing workflow.
• Ability to build a program in evaluation and learning from the ground up.
• Organizational savvy, diplomacy, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team and collaboratively and effectively with peers from different places, backgrounds and cultures in shared efforts.
• Excellent project management skills with good judgment and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to process complex information and present ideas in a simple, pragmatic and compelling manner.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills.
• Extensive experience with spreadsheets, including use of Microsoft Excel.
• Ability to design, modify, or administer written assessment instruments (pre/post tests and surveys), ideally for peacebuilding, youth leadership and other programs.
• Ability to provide ongoing staff training on data collection methods, evaluation concepts, and use of computers for data entry, ideally for peacebuilding, youth leadership and other programs.
• Experience in design and modification of program theory of change models (or similar planning documentation).
• Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and organizations, with sensitivity to religious and cultural diversity and different world views.
• Ability to oversee or assist in the completion of focus groups with youth and adult participants.
• Ability and desire to work in a team environment and with diverse groups of people.
• Deep commitment to URI’s mission, purpose and principles.
• Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred. Experience translating documents from English to Spanish is ideal.
• Ability to conduct focus groups in Spanish preferred.
START DATE: February 18, 2013; open until filled
SALARY: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. This is a fulltime exempt position.
BENEFITS: Full medical, dental, vision and chiropractic after first month; voluntary flexible spending account (FSA); paid vacation plus 12 paid holidays. Matching 403b after one year of service.
TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position; a list of three references with contact information (telephone and email addresses); and three relevant writing samples demonstrating your experience such as an evaluation report, sample survey, logic model, etc. with the Subject Line: DIRECTOR OF EVALUATION AND LEARNING to email provided. No calls, please.
NOTE: Candidates must be local to the SF/Bay Area. URI does not pay for relocation expenses.
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URI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all employees, applicants and program beneficiaries. URI does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship. All qualified applicants, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.