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Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning Associate III

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Bonsai Leadership Group
Birmingham, AL
Published 13 days ago

Our client, Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc. (KHA) is a national consulting firm that leads organizational development, project management, and research and evaluation projects for publicly and privately funded efforts across a broad range of topics.

KHA’s work is grounded in equity and aims to assist philanthropic clients in developing strategies that prioritize grantmaking and investments in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC)-led organizations and communities.

Learn more about Keecha Harris & Associates at

The Opportunity

Under the leadership of the Director of Programs, the Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning Associate III (SEAL III) works as part of a cross-functioning team and contributes to qualitative and quantitative social science capacities of the firm.  The SEAL III may undertake literature reviews, design research studies and evaluation methods, and collect and analyze data to support the design, facilitation, and evaluation of trainings and strategic development sessions with internal and external stakeholders. The SEAL III’s approach must center the experience of those most impacted and proximate to an issue, develop trusting relationships with clients and design qualitative and quantitative tools and strategies that are custom to the context of each client. 


The SEAL III must be organized, detail-oriented, and excel in client-facing work.  They must have experience in diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and/or racial equity and justice (REJ) work and a strong ability to communicate research and evaluation results to clients, partners, and stakeholders.  They must be adaptable and able to thrive in an innovative and dynamic environment 


The SEAL III is responsible for the following:  


Strategy & Project Design 

  • Initiate and develop of scopes of work independently  
  • Participate in web-based and in-person strategy and visioning sessions with clients 
  • Develop a deep understanding of clients’ interests, needs, and capacities through desk reviews of information provided, observations, literature and web-based searches, site visits, and other sources of data 
  • Develop work plan design and implementation for organizational change processes and sector-facing efforts that are aimed at systems change 
  • Identify and define parameters for progress implementing strategy including quantitative metrics and qualitative indicators 
  • Contribute to evaluation planning and development, including theory of change processes with clients 

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Provide support and guidance to clients to ensure robust and sound monitoring and evaluation approaches 
  • Build upon KHA’s vast array of data collection protocols, tools, and reporting formats  
  • Produce high-quality dashboards and data visualizations including conceptual models and maps 
  • Draft data collection tools, including survey, interview, and focus group protocols   
  • Monitor and manage data collection, including observations, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and document and literature reviews; conduct secondary data analyses when indicated 
  • Analyze data and incorporate into written reports and presentations 
  • Maintain human subjects research certification 
  • Conduct ongoing research and analysis to help inform promising practices and development of evaluation strategies and tools to be used internally and in support of clients.  
  • Optimize data quality control in the design and implementation of studies, assessments, and evaluations 
  • Draft reports, including summative findings and recommendations 


  • Participate in training sessions with levels of contribution commensurate with experience and project needs. 
  • Develop report outlines at the onset of projects and work with clients to fine-tune the anticipated deliverable(s) early in the process. 
  • Design, execute, and debrief webinars using pre-existing KHA protocols and guidelines for effective delivery 
  • Partner with the Communications Manager to plan and write project results reports and other impact findings that can coincide with marketing, development, and communications efforts 
  • Suggest learning tools for field-facing impacts 
  • Maintain databases across assigned projects and deploy learning tools. 
  • Provide literature and research reviews to inform understanding of specific community issues and programmatic opportunities. 
  • Under the leadership of Director of Programs, contribute constructively and proactively to KHA’s work environment and ethics, including facilitation of internal learning sessions. 


Minimum Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science or a related field and 5+ years of relevant experience in evaluation design, methodology, and leading project and/or program evaluations. 
  • A mission-driven passion for social and racial justice work in BIPOC communities 
  • Demonstrated experience in community-based participatory engagement, polling and research 
  • Experience with monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems.  
  • Certified in human subjects research 
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods analysis 
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to support others in project planning. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate evaluation concepts and findings to a variety of audiences. Ability to present complex information in a structured and insightful way  
  • Strong interpersonal skills, receptivity to others' ideas and an established history of engaging in a collaborative approach  
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team toward a common goal 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google, and project management systems (ex. Asana, Trello) applications. 
  • Flexibility and comfort with ambiguity 


Preferred Qualifications  

  • Master’s degree in Social Science or a related field with 7+ years experience using advanced quantitative methods 
  • Superior analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking skills 
  • Strong evaluative thinking skills related to strategic planning, intentional decision making, using information and research, and designing contingencies 
  • Deep understanding and analysis of intersectionality and equity and how these play out with communities 
  • At least 3 years of experience leading mixed-methods research and evaluation projects 
  • Proven ability to manage multiple, complex projects and engage diverse stakeholders. 
  • Experience facilitating large groups and providing technical assistance to a variety of audiences

Our client, Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc. (KHA) is a national consulting firm that leads organizational development, project management, and research and evaluation projects for publicly and privately funded efforts across a broad…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
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    September 1, 2022
  • Education
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    4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level
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USD $82,583 - USD $92,227
/ year


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Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Birmingham, AL, USA

How to Apply

Bonsai Leadership Group has been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role, please email and include “Comms Manager” in the subject line.

All applications must include a letter of interest and a resume. This position is open until filled.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. Applications will be screened against the criteria as listed in this profile. All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Bonsai Leadership Group has been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role, please email and include “Comms…

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