Assistant Director, Research & Evaluation

Project Bread

Posted: 12/8/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Evaluation

Primary domain: Food/Agriculture/Nutrition

City: Boston

Postal code: 02128

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

Project Bread connects people and communities in Massachusetts to reliable sources of food while advocating for policies that make food more accessible—so that no one goes hungry. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Project Bread is the leading statewide organization committed to preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts. We recognize that hunger is both a consequence and perpetuating agent of economic inequity and health disparities. We provide access to food for people who are hungry today while working to break the cycle of hunger through advocacy, education, and community action. As Assistant Director, Research & Evaluation, you’ll play a vital role in leading internal and external data analysis to measure the outcomes and impact of Project Bread’s programs across the state. 

As Assistant Director of Research & Evaluation, you will lead the collection and analysis of data from external sources that will be utilized across our teams to articulate the broader implications of food insecurity across Massachusetts. You will develop and implement an approach to monitoring and evaluating Project Bread programs that connect to organizational priorities. Through this role, you will be a thought partner for staff to create tools for effective programmatic monitoring and evaluation, including internal programs like the FoodSource Hotline and various grant-making initiatives, as well as external programs including federal nutrition programs (eg SNAP) and school and summer meals.

As a member of the Programs & Policy Team, you’ll be a key contributor in building an organizational culture that utilizes data, learning, and innovation to help deliver meaningful outcomes.  This role reports to the Vice President of Programs & Policy.


The key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Translate internal and external research findings and statistical and narrative reports for a wide variety of audiences, including staff, board members, and external partners and stakeholders

  • Create presentations, memos, talking points and other communication tools that can be used to demonstrate Project Bread’s impact/influence in the field

  • Stay abreast of the latest developments and trends in food inequity research and evaluation statewide 

  • Define how Project Bread programs should and can be tracked, measured, and analyzed

  • Generate logic models for expected impact of Project Bread’s programs, and create concrete objectives to prove Project Bread’s program value and impact

  • Create organizational structure and process for data management across programs and lead on internal quarterly reporting

  • Design formative and summative assessments to gather evidence and feedback about Project Bread’s impact and results

  • Cultivate strong relationships with Project Bread colleagues that aid in strengthening a data-driven culture 

  • Promote advocacy and action on behalf of food access and hunger relief in partnership with the Program & Policy team

  • Create and implement a research agenda that further defines Project Bread’s long-term research goals and priorities



There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • Deep commitment to Project Bread’s mission to end hunger for communities across Massachusetts

  • At least 3-5 years of progressive experience working with data in a relevant field, including public health, public policy, economics, or other related field

  • Experience designing and implementing program evaluation tools tied to organizational strategic objectives

  • Demonstrated technical skills in analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, including a high proficiency in Excel and strong data visualization skills using tools like PowerBI or Tableau

  • Strong ability to synthesize complex data sets or reports into digestible highlights and headlines for teams and stakeholders to consume

  • Effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills; proven track record for working well across teams 

  • Enjoy doing whatever it takes to execute on complex projects and describe yourself as a self-starter

  • Experience in project management, taking ideas from conception to launch in fast moving work environments

  • Outstanding communication skills and the ability to advocate for your point of view and to influence others



The salary range for this role begins at $65,000 and is commensurate with experience. We’ll promote your professional growth and development by providing access to a benefits package, including:

  • Healthcare: medical, dental

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Health Reimbursement Account

  • Life insurance & disability Insurance

  • Retirement plan 403(b) and employer match 

  • Health club membership reimbursement 

  • Commuter benefits

This position is currently remote, though we are expecting all employees to return to our Boston office when we can safely return to the workplace following the COVID-19 pandemic.​​


$65k - 75k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Interested candidates are encouraged to promptly submit their application through the online portal operated by our recruitment partner Positively Partners. All applicants will receive a response to their application within two weeks of submission. Please click here to submit your application.

Project Bread is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Project Bread is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. 

Posted By: Positively Partners


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