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Director, Planning and Evaluation


Job posted by: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Job description


The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to pursue some of today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

The Planning and Evaluation Department:

Planning and Evaluation (P&E) is an independent unit within Pew whose goal is to inform institutional and programmatic decision making, strengthen the design and implementation of Pew's work, promote accountability for results, and generate knowledge that advances Pew's program objectives. We pursue this goal by (1) applying a wide range of planning approaches that help turn ideas into effective action; (2) using evaluation to improve program performance and inform decision making, and (3) ensuring that staff has access to information that meets their needs to design, implement, and manage high performing strategies, initiatives, and campaigns. P&E has ten professional staff (senior director, five directors/officers, two associates and two administrative assistants).

Position Overview:

As the most senior-level position within the P&E unit with lead responsibility for Pew's evaluation function, this position requires considerable and substantive experience in policy analysis and evaluation, familiarity with advocacy initiatives and public policy, and excellent management, interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills. Expertise in one of Pew's program areas (e.g., environmental conservation, state policy, health) is a significant plus. Importantly, this individual must be comfortable initiating discussions with senior program staff to develop evaluation engagements and be able to work effectively and sensitively with leading professionals from a broad range of fields both inside and outside Pew.

The director, based in Washington, D.C., reports to the senior director, P&E.

Job Requirements

  • With the senior director, P&E, assess the evaluation needs of programs. Design and successfully complete evaluations to assess the progress and performance of complex multiyear projects. Analyze results and present evaluation findings clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing, to program staff and senior leadership.
  • Promote an approach to evaluation that informs decision making, improves program performance, and promotes learning. Collaborate with P&E and program colleagues to use evaluations to inform the development and management of program initiatives.
  • Apply advances in the fields of policy analysis, evaluation, information technology, and related disciplines to improve evaluation practice at Pew.
  • Support the senior director, P&E, in meeting the needs of Pew's president and board of directors for timely, concise, and informative evaluation findings and recommendations. Clearly convey the implications of evaluation findings for the organization's work.
  • Explore and pursue opportunities to make evaluation findings accessible to staff throughout the organization. Contribute to and strengthen the use of knowledge from Pew's past and ongoing work and from the larger fields in which Pew works that promotes staff learning and skill building.
  • Support the design and management of Pew's annual program planning process. Contribute to the department's review of annual program plans from one or more of Pew's program departments.
  • Apply evaluative thinking to support P&E colleagues to meet the organization's strategic planning needs.
  • Establish credibility with program colleagues by adding value to their work. Build awareness and understanding of the role that evaluation plays in strengthening Pew's work.
  • Represent Pew's evaluation function at internal and external events.
  • Manage P&E staff, and project budgets and timelines, to complete department and project deliverables on time and within budget.
  • With the senior director and in collaboration with other senior P&E staff, ensure that P&E's work adds substantive value to the organization and its programs.
  • Mentor P&E associates and contribute to the professional development of colleagues in the department.


  • Bachelor's degree required. An advanced degree (Master's level) in a relevant field (e.g., public policy, political science, sociology, economics, or other social science) is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in policy analysis and evaluation with increasing responsibility for project design, implementation, and management within an organization or as a consultant. At least seven of those years should involve hands-on experience conducting policy analyses or evaluations using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques, preferably in a strategic capacity with an advocacy or policy-making organization, or with a consulting firm providing expert services to nonprofits or government agencies pursuing public policy objectives.
  • At least two years of direct supervisory experience, including managing the performance review process for direct reports and providing career development advice.
  • Strong project management skills. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to move quickly from one project to another, marshal resources, and manage expectations and timelines to achieve results.
  • Persuasive written and oral communication and presentation skills; able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Able to prepare written summaries of evaluation products for executive level reviews and briefings using a concise and effective writing style.
  • Quick-thinking, creative, flexible, and entrepreneurial; able to work independently and autonomously; to effectively analyze issues; to think imaginatively about opportunities, to identify potential connections, and to respond with novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue.
  • Energetic, articulate, and self-assured; strong interpersonal skills; able to exercise a productive presence in convening groups and shaping a dialogue; able to effectively manage conflicts.
  • Able to assess risks and opportunities when problem solving, and then make decisions, justify recommendations, and respond to issues with clarity and diplomacy. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
  • Experience with and ability to access broad professional networks. Build solid relationships both inside and outside Pew to influence positive outcomes.
  • Strong understanding of how to manage by influencing others and the ability to accurately read nuances of meaning.
  • Ability to treat sensitive information about the business and affairs of Pew and those with whom it has relationships with discretion and confidence. High level of professional integrity.
  • Able to thrive in the creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture of Pew that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.


Travel on an occasional basis within the United States should be expected, primarily between Washington, DC and Philadelphia.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including four weeks of vacation, a generous 401(k) plan, and flexible benefit options.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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How to apply


Washington, DC, 20004, US


Application deadline
August 16, 2014
Education requirements
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Job function
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