Director of Evaluation and Learning
Sacramento, CA
Full Time
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Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. The foundation is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in the region through convening, educating and strategic grant making. 

Sierra Health Foundation has a broad definition of health, believing there is much more to health than health care. It is influenced by factors that include socioeconomic conditions, environment, education, income and individual behavior choices. The foundation also believes in the need for health and racial equity and racial justice. Reducing health disparities is a key factor in striving toward better health for all and reflects the foundation’s dedication to ensuring that people throughout its funding region have the opportunity to lead healthy lives.

Sierra Health Foundation established The Center at Sierra Health Foundation to advance its commitment to strengthening community capacity to engage in policy development, planning, and implementation efforts that seek to address the health needs of California’s underserved populations.  The Center works to promote health, racial equity, and racial justice in communities throughout California with local, state and national partners.  With strategy, creativity and ongoing collaboration, The Center strives to eradicate health inequities across the state.

Review of applications, resumes, and required cover letters will begin September 1st. Position is open until filled.

SUMMARY

Evaluation at Sierra Health Foundation and The Center is equity-focused and community-centered and serves the purposes of learning and decision-making, knowledge development and accountability. The Managing Director of Evaluation and Learning reports to the President and CEO and serves on the Senior Management Team. The Director uses an overall approach to evaluation that is culturally responsive, proactive and nimble in response to the dynamic environment of organization. Primary responsibilities include leading the monitoring and evaluation of programs, creating an institutional data infrastructure that supports the assessment of progress in advancing the equity mission of the organization, creating and managing department budgets, and managing and providing leadership to evaluation staff. The Director collaborates with program, communication, and other departments to maximize the value and utility of evaluation and learning activities across the institution and to external audiences. This position supervises a team of three evaluation and learning staff and ensures that all work of the department is carried out in alignment with the mission, vision and core values of the foundation and The Center.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Evaluation

  • Lead an equity-focused, community-centered approach to evaluation by using the principles of equitable evaluation (https://www.equitableeval.org/) and Culturally Responsive Evaluation (https://crea.education.illinois.edu/) to guide decisions.
  • Develop trusting relationships and work in partnership with funded community partners and their constituents to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of evaluation activities and to provide technical support.
  • Create a data infrastructure using management systems (e.g., Salesforce) and other platforms to enable the collection, analysis and synthesis of data to monitor how programs are meeting the equity mission of Sierra Health Foundation and The Center.
  • Oversee evaluation efforts, including advising on which functions should be implemented by staff and which require external evaluators, managing internal evaluation activities, and overseeing the selection and management of external evaluation consultants. 
  • Identify performance measures for individual programs and program areas (such as Community Economic Development, Health Equity and Access, and others) and establish processes for collecting and monitoring performance data.
  • Stay abreast of and adopt best practices in evaluation methods and approaches.
  • Provide technical consultation to program staff to help identify evaluation priorities, questions, sequencing, methods, and interpretation of results. 

Learning and Knowledge Dissemination

  • Develop a learning agenda and design processes to support best practice development and promote innovation internally. 
  • In collaboration with the communications department and program staff, disseminate learnings from evaluation activities to external audiences, including policymakers, scholars, practitioners and philanthropists.
  • Develop program and cross-program dashboards to describe the inputs of The Center and foundation and the accomplishments of funded community partners.
  • Work effectively as a valuable and trusted team member to facilitate collaborative learning across the foundation and The Center and with community and other partners. 

Management

  • Identify budgetary priorities and develop and manage an annual budget for the department, including the identification of sources of funding for priorities.
  • Provide guidance to programs on budgets for project-specific evaluation activities.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to Evaluation and Learning staff to ensure activities are coordinated, responsive to institutional needs and meet professional standards.
  • Lead development of training, coaching and support for staff on evaluation and learning, so they are equipped to use evaluation findings and other learning to make data-driven decisions and program improvements.
  • Seek the resources, including funding, training and materials, needed to support the successful accomplishment of the department’s responsibilities.
  • Articulate learning and evaluation principles and present evaluations and learning cases to the Board of Directors in consultation with the President and CEO.
  • Support fund development and funder reporting activities.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The position manages a team of Evaluation Officers, Associates and/or Assistants.

QUALIFICATIONS 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of 8 years of work experience conducting, designing, commissioning and/or managing evaluations that are actionable and inform strategy of programs addressing the social determinants of health.
  • Graduate degree in the social sciences, economics, public policy, urban planning, or related discipline or equivalent professional experience/qualifications demonstrating knowledge of multiple approaches to strategy, learning and evaluation. 
  • Experience with a broad set of methods and approaches to evaluation and performance measurement, including quantitative and qualitative methods, equitable evaluation and culturally responsive evaluation.
  • Experience with the evaluation of approaches to promote equity in communities of color, such as advocacy, organizing, movement-building and public policy.
  • Experience as a foundation evaluator or an external evaluation consultant to foundation(s) preferred; ideally, in program areas related to equity, nurturing movements, community-building.
  • Preferred: Experience working as an evaluator with community-based nonprofits, philanthropy and/or state and local governments; ideally in program areas related to equity and movement-building.

Communication Skills

  • The ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives. 
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to present ideas, concepts, evaluation findings, and recommendations in a pragmatic, compelling manner to a wide variety of audiences, including top management, the public, the board of the foundation and The Center, and other stakeholders.

Other Qualifications

  • The highest level of personal and professional integrity and respect for others. Flexibility, sense of humor, emotional intelligence, capacity for self-reflection and humility. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with high performing peers in shared efforts.
  • Conscientious and pragmatic approach to problem identification and resolution. Capacity to negotiate priorities and seek creative solutions. Comfortable with bringing evaluative thinking, techniques and a learning orientation to bear in multidisciplinary projects. 
  • Web-based and other digital skills relevant to research and communication in the evaluation field. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications. Experience with database and case management systems, such as Salesforce, CiviCore, ETO, Apricot, or others, and experience with online survey platforms, such as SurveyMonkey or Qualtrix.
  • Deep commitment to the foundation’s mission of advancing health equity and racial justice.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

BENEFITS & COMPENSATION

Sierra Health Foundation and The Center provides a generous benefit package which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, as well as an Employee Assistance Program, and a discount program called Working Advantage. Retirement benefits are provided through our 401(k) which includes employee matching. Details of these programs will be shared during the hiring process. Compensation begins at $138,720 annually, depending on experience.

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