Evaluation and Learning Officer

the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Posted: 6/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Other

City: Los Altos

Postal code: 94022

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Improving the lives of children, families, and communities—and restoring and protecting our planet. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

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.

Cross-foundation Learning
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.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The ideal candidate has deep technical expertise in the design and implementation of measurement and evaluation techniques. The ELO is an evaluation methodology generalist, possessing a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches to share with our program teams to help them build effective strategies. The ELO has the emotional intelligence, tact, and professionalism to know when and how to ask the right questions to provide technical expertise to program teams as a true thought partner.

The ELO has excellent communication skills, particularly in synthesizing, interpreting, and presenting complex information to a variety of audiences. The ELO brings demonstrated experience engaging on a deep level with high-level researchers, as well as on a less technical level with colleagues and partners. The selected candidate has the ability to design and facilitate learning sessions with both internal teams and external audiences.

The ELO has a track record of approaching institutional partners with humility, grace, and commitment to learning. The selected candidate will bring deep professional and personal networks they can leverage to strategically position partners with resources to help them achieve their goals. The ELO has the ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Education and Experience
Advanced degree or equivalent education and work experience in related field such as psychology, sociology, behavioral sciences, public health, or public policy.

Minimum of 6 years of hands-on experience with adult learning work experience, learning development, culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices, knowledge management, strategy, including experience with a variety of learning techniques, developing insight that informs strategy, action, and improvement.

Knowledge of or experience with one or more of the Packard Foundation’s major programmatic areas and experience working internationally desired.

Compensation and Benefits:
The position is full-time and exempt. Salary will be commensurate with related work experience and education.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation offers excellent benefits for eligible employees. Current benefits include: medical (HMO and HDHPs), dental and vision coverage; 15% employer contribution to employee retirement plan; life insurance, disability insurance, vacation and sick leave; an adoption benefit; fertility benefit; a financial wellness program; health advocacy services, paid time off to volunteer for nonprofit organizations; matching grants for employee contributions to tax exempt organizations; commute assistance; and tuition assistance.


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