About the David and Lucile Packard Foundation:
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) is a family foundation that is guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. Their approach to business and community participation has guided our philanthropy. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the work of the Foundation. Located in Los Altos, CA, the Foundation makes grants at the local, state, national, and international level.
We work on the issues our founders cared about most, which are improving the lives of children; enabling the creative pursuit of science; advancing reproductive health; conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems; and supporting and strengthening an array of local nonprofit organizations.
In 2020, the Foundation plans to make grantmaking awards of approximately $350M. A staff of 140 conducts the day-to-day operations and a Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Foundation. David and Lucile Packard passed on to the Foundation the following core set of values: integrity; respect for all people; belief in individual leadership; commitment to effectiveness; and the capacity to think big. More information about the Foundation can be found at www.packard.org.
About the Evaluation and Learning Department:
Our Evaluation and Learning Team (E&L Team) strives to stay on the leading edge of monitoring, evaluation, and learning methodologies to ensure strategies for each of the Foundation’s 23 subprograms and their impacts are effectively evaluated and aligned with organizations’ mission, values, and goals. We are grounded in the belief that consistent monitoring, third-party evaluation, and shared learning enable us and our grantees to continually improve and achieve the changes we seek in the world.
Our monitoring, evaluation, and learning work is guided by five principles: • Continuously Learn and Adapt • Learn in Partnership • Use a Variety of Information • Cultivate Inquiry • Share Learning to Increase Impact. We believe evaluation plays a critical role in supporting effectiveness and advancing equity.
About the Role:
The ELO will have the opportunity to help shape and guide the trajectory of the Foundation’s evaluation and learning work during a period of significant growth in funding and support to our grantees. Reporting to the Evaluation and Learning Director, the new ELO will have the opportunity to use their technical expertise from the field of strategy, evaluation, and learning and act as a thought partner to the program teams (50% of role), and the cross-foundation learning (30%). The new ELO will spend the remaining 20% of their time supporting Foundation-wide evaluation and learning initiatives.
You will provide thought leadership to ensure that programs have the necessary mechanisms in place to effectively assess their current strategies and use the insights gathered to optimize their impact. The ELO will play a pivotal role on the E&L Team in strengthening the Foundation’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) practice across all program areas.
Working in partnership with Foundation staff and other experts in the field, you will collaborate to help strengthen the Foundation’s effectiveness by working closely with key grantees to build and improve our MEL practice. Internally, you will assist program teams in refining their theories of change, reassessing their priorities, and refreshing their goals and objectives based on learnings gathered from the field.
This position is located in downtown Los Altos, California.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Key areas of responsibility will be:
Direct Service and Technical Support Partnering
Direct Service and Technical Support Partnering with internal teams, the ELO will provide a full suite of ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and learning guidance including support for strategy, monitoring and evaluation design, and identifying capacity gaps. Tapping into their professional network, the ELO will also help identify evaluation partners to conduct the monitoring and evaluation work.
The E&L Team is responsible for curating and facilitating cross-program learning around philanthropic effectiveness. The new ELO will be a knowledge gatherer and will seek best practices from the field, at conferences, and in relevant trainings to bring to the Foundation in order to strengthen both internal evaluation practices, as well as practices in the field of philanthropy at large.
Processes, Tools, and Systems Management
The E&L Team ensures that program teams have the mechanisms and tools in place to effectively understand outcomes and use these insights to maximize their program’s impact. As part of the E&L Team, the ELO will support continual resource development and recommend and deliver improvements to existing processes and systems.