Vice President, Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Posted: 2/13/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Evaluation

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: Baltimore

Postal code: 21201

State: Maryland

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.

As a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country, we make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The vice president of Casey’s Research, Evaluation Evidence and Data (REED) unit is responsible for providing leadership and direction in setting REED’s overall goals and strategies. The vice president is expected to take calculated risks while protecting the Foundation’s reputation; to be skilled at navigating complex issues and partnerships; to be ambitious about achieving progress for children youth and families; and to be committed to racial and ethnic equity. The vice president reports to the president of the Foundation and supervises a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

◼ Provide overall leadership and strategic management for the REED unit, ensuring overall accountability for results
◼ Provide overall guidance on REED grantmaking, based on professional expertise and networks in the relevant fields, as well as the Foundation’s overarching strategic plans and priorities
◼ Supervises the work of a team of professionals across six areas:
◼ Evaluation: Plan and implement developmental evaluation of the Foundation’s emerging place-based work with youth and young adults. Partner with program units to plan and implement process and/or outcome evaluations of other Foundation investments, as the need and opportunity arise. Co-fund impact evaluations of external policy reforms and program initiatives sponsored by public and non-profit sectors, thereby contributing to the field and Casey’s innovative work with youth and young adults
◼ Research: Sponsor qualitative and quantitative studies that expand and update basic knowledge about youth and young adult issues and populations, in order to inform the Foundation and the field in developing effective strategies. Connect program units to relevant research related to their work/potential innovations
◼ Data and Technology: Invest in development, improvement and expansion of public data resources that can inform policies, programs and advocacy at the local, state and national level. Invest in building the capacity of communities, systems and jurisdictions to use data and technology to promote more positive and equitable outcomes for children youth and families
◼ Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: Support development, adaptation and scaling of
programs and practices proven to be effective in achieving more positive and equitable outcomes
among underserved youth and families
◼ Implementation Science: Provide technical assistance on utilization of tools and protocols
developed by the Implementation Science field to support adoption of proven and promising
programs and policies by communities, systems and jurisdictions
◼ Performance Management: Provide technical assistance to Casey staff and grantees on the
development and use of performance metrics in the management of Foundation investments
◼ Work with REED directors to develop overall annual budget, long-term budget planning, board and
senior leadership team presentations, cross-foundation workgroups, collaboration and administrative
◼ Advance efforts to integrate racial and ethnic equity and inclusion (REEI) into all strategies as well as to influence partners and systems to adopt REEI practices and priorities


◼ Advanced degree in relevant field of research or practice
◼ Fifteen or more years of demonstrated progressive leadership and management experience in the
nonprofit, public or corporate sector
◼ Significant work experience with city, state or federal agencies; academic and research institutions;
and large nonprofits
◼ A national reputation for producing tangible and durable results; creating innovations in partnership
and in concert with the Senior Leadership Team; working in diverse external partnerships; and
starting new projects
◼ Experience using data and metrics for evidence-informed and evidence-based decision-making
◼ Proven aptitude with assisting peers in evaluating the outcomes of their work and developing
mechanisms for evaluating progress over time
◼ Significant aptitude and imagination to understand and respond to the potential of emerging
technologies for Casey's work
◼ Demonstrated ability to accountably manage a multi-million dollar budget and contribute to
responsible oversight of a large endowment


A strong benefits package will be provided.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please provide your resume and a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be a good fit for this position.  Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.  Read the full job description and apply online at


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