The James Irvine Foundation

Impact Assessment & Learning Officer

Los Angeles | San Francisco, California

Position Description

Executive Summary

The James Irvine Foundation (“Foundation”) seeks a strategic, curious, and highly collaborative evaluation and learning professional to serve as Impact Assessment & Learning Officer. Guided by the foundation’s Impact Assessment and Learning Framework and working across different teams the new IA&L Officer will help support evaluation and strategic learning efforts for the entire foundation to inform grantee, staff, and board insights and decision-making. This is a great opportunity for an experienced learning, evaluation, and research professional to assist in strengthening strategic and comprehensive impact efforts as the foundation grows its staff and programmatic portfolios.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s vision is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.09 billion in grants to organizations throughout California. The Foundation ended 2020 with more than $3 billion in assets and provided $109 million in grants. We have about 60 staff across our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. The Irvine Foundation is committed, internally and externally, to the values of accountability, curiosity, empathy, equity, nimbleness, partnership, and transparency.

The Foundation’s programmatic efforts are focused on three major, multi-year initiatives: Better Careers, Fair Work, and Priority Communities with additional initiatives on the way. Since the Foundation is ever-evolving, adjusting for social relevance and policy shifts in both its current initiatives as well as piloting new ones, investments in program development, implementation, and learning are highly integrated. With a significant expansion of staff and programming on the way, there is a corresponding opportunity to bring new capacity to the Impact Assessment and Learning team. IA&L at the Foundation supports assessment and learning efforts to guide strategy and enhance impact; advance accountability and transparently about what the Foundation is doing and learning as well as how that learning is being applied; and, where relevant, share experiences that they can be leveraged by others. We seek to ensure that evaluation is done equitably and in service of equity and with those we seek to serve at the center of our work.

Reporting to the Director of Impact Assessment & Learning, Kim Ammann Howard but working closely and collaboratively with other IA&L team members, especially the Senior IA&L Officer, program and communication staff, and foundation leadership, the IA&L Officer will be a critical source of evaluation expertise and implementation support. The Officer will also play an important role in helping to administer, synthesize and disseminate information and learning, especially around community and grantee listening efforts, staff engagement processes, and institutional assessment activities, such as the Grantee Perception Report and the Staff Engagement Survey.

Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of organizational and systems-level change management and evaluative practices that drive learning and reflection. They will also bring at least five (5) years of experience in applied social science activities, preferably including philanthropic contexts. Compelling candidates for this position must be highly motivated, capable of self-directed work, detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively across teams and departments. Incumbents must exhibit a keen sense of responsibility and enjoy working with multiple demands, shifting priorities, and ongoing change. While experience with multiple types of evaluation and learning efforts is important, formal education in evaluation or experience as a professional evaluator is not required. Candidates must have experience managing and facilitating projects that involve collaborative efforts; proficiency in developing learning agendas, materials, and other products to support learning and adaptation; and experience working with an explicit focus on anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.

Previous experience working in a complex organization is highly desired, as is the ability to hold space for others, understand multi-directional power flow and experience working in collaboration with diverse individuals and teams. The successful candidate will be a strong relationship builder with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong verbal and written communications skills are absolute musts. Most importantly, a personal and professional commitment to anti-racism, equity and inclusiveness is vital to advancing the work, including the understanding of how one’s own identity and lived experiences inform their work.

How to Apply

Talent Citizen, a national executive search and consulting firm focused on the pursuit of positive social impact with equity at its center, is partnering with the Kauffman Foundation on this search. President Tracy D. Welsh and Senior Associate Eva Kotilinek are leading this engagement. Additional questions and nominations should be directed to Eva (eva@talentcitizen.com).

Interested parties should please send an updated resume, cover letter, and how you learned of the position to IF-IAL@talentcitizen.com.
Position Description

Search Team

Tracy Welsh  

Eva Kotilinek