Director, Research and Evaluation

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Combined Jewish Philanthropies | Boston, MA

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Published 16 days ago

Director, Research and Evaluation

Passion. Purpose. Impact. CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. We bring together the resources, volunteers, leadership, and expertise to care for people in need, advocate for Israel, and ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Together, we're helping struggling families find financial stability, making Jewish learning relevant and inclusive, connecting the next generation to Jewish life, and so much more. Our greatest resource is our people — the staff, volunteers, partners and leaders who help make Greater Boston’s Jewish community a welcoming home. It’s this energy and commitment that drive CJP’s mission. We are one of Boston's oldest and most respected philanthropic organizations and we are currently seeking a Director, Research and Evaluation.


The Director, Research and Evaluation, is a member of the Strategy and Impact Leadership Team; s/he will also work in partnership with CJP’s Data, Strategy and Insight team (DSI) and emerging Engagement Team. The Director is responsible for ensuring CJP’s community wide priorities are developed using the strongest data/metrics available, and in ways that can be measured to demonstrate our impact. The Director will help CJP create a measurement and evaluation strategy that is innovative and flexible; s/he will ensure we appropriately use evaluations to inform long-term strategies for funding, determining strategic milestones, engagement opportunities and adjusting programmatic approaches.


The Director will be deeply knowledgeable about traditional forms of measuring organizational health and communal engagement, while also encouraging the use of new and innovative approaches to measurement and evaluation. The Director will position CJP as a leader in this field, both within the Jewish community and within the broader field of non-profit evaluation. S/he will take part in communities of learning and practice with interdisciplinary colleagues across the country and in Israel. The Director will also work with CJP’s partner organizations to ensure they are using measurement, data and evaluation to the best of their abilities.




  • Support Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact in setting the strategic direction for the Strategy and Impact Team’s work by providing measurement and evaluation data for individual organizations and programs.
  •  Design and implement community wide metrics of health (for engagement, institutional vitality, membership, affiliation, demographic trends, etc).
  • Work in close collaboration with the Associate Vice President, Partnerships and Services to conduct gap analyses throughout the community and within any one organization or institution.
  • Assist start-up communities and longstanding institutions alike in setting up robust measurement and evaluation programs, especially focused on tracking data needed for CJP to understand the efficacy of our strategies.
  • Publish notable evaluation and measurement work.
  • Conduct program evaluations.
  • Work closely with the DSI team to ensure CJP is using cutting-edge digital technologies and strategies for measuring our impact.
  • Help CJP’s (DSI) team (and others) create a robust data measurement database.
  • Create strong relationships with partner organizations and help to encourage/facilitate the sharing of communal data.
  • Work closely with cohort leaders and the Engagement Team to develop a measurement system that can track cohort evolution, engagement, membership, and attendance at events across the community.
  • Stay up-to-date on academic research on religious affiliation, spiritual needs and community membership and apply latest research to CJP’s work.
  • Work with Strategy and Impact senior leadership team to ensure resources are allocated to strong partners with the ability to demonstrate measurable impact.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodations.



·        Master’s degree or equivalent experience required, PhD preferred, in research/evaluation, non- profit management or MBA


·        Minimum of five years working in a formal evaluation role

·        Minimum of five years of successful experience working in a complex, matrixed organization and a community with many stakeholders.

·        Experience launching new measurement and evaluation programs.

·        Experience training staff on research methodology and successful implementation.

·        Proficiency at SPSS and other statistical tools, including stakeholder mapping technology

·        Proven success innovating in the field of measurement and evaluation



·        Mission driven.

·        Excellent writing skills.

·        Statistical knowledge and database proficiencies.

·        Talent at telling a ‘data story’, specifically with visual representations.

·        Deep knowledge of healthy organizational behavior.

·        Strong diagnostician skills, able to match strong evaluation tools to communal projects.

·        Strong skill set organizing and planning multiple concurrent projects.

·        Proven success working with senior organizational leadership.

·        Strong management skills.

·        Capacity to work in a matrixed organization.

·        Excellent critical thinking and judgement.

·        Demonstrated intellectual curiosity, problem solving nature.

·        Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

·        Capacity to manage and organize confidential information.

·        High proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

·        Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills; self-motivation, ability to work effectively as part of a team, sense of humor; ability to work independently, creatively, and flexibly in a dynamic environment.

·        Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes and shifting priorities.


·        Will require local travel and some national/international travel.

CJP offers that rare opportunity to tap your skills, talents, and experience to benefit a greater good while you grow professionally. You will work in a dynamic environment, with a diverse group of individuals who share your commitment and enthusiasm. Together, you will make a difference for Jews and non-Jews in Greater Boston and worldwide. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and a collegial, family-friendly work and team environment. 


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CJP conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.


CJP is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, women, veterans, people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.


Director, Research and Evaluation

Passion. Purpose. Impact. CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. We bring together the resources, volunteers, leadership, and expertise to care for…

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