Director of Evaluation

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



49 West 45th Street
2nd Floor
New York
United States


About The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education, while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials. For more information about the Institute, please visit our website at

Position Summary

GLI is currently seeking a Director of Evaluation to build and lead an Institute-wide system to evaluate the impact of its programs and educational resources. Responsibilities include working closely with internal staff, understanding the design and goals of each program, writing and implementing surveys and other evaluation methods, collecting and analyzing data, as well as reporting at various levels.


The right candidate will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, experience working in a K-12 setting, the ability to juggle multiple projects at once, and a related degree and/or demonstrated expertise in evaluation work. 

This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer. 

Roles and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Help the Institute describe its impact on K-12 students and teachers in a measurable way.
  • Build a powerful system of evaluation for the Institute – one that ties together existing and new evaluation methods, makes efficient use of available resources (staff, funding, time), and yields meaningful ways to tell the Institute’s story to a wide range of constituents (board members, funders, clients, teachers, students, scholars).
  • Serve as a strategic thought partner for the Institute’s Chief Operating Officer.
  • Lead research initiatives, including analyzing data and visualizing the data in effective ways.
  • Drive quantitative and qualitative data collection efforts, including survey design and administration, as well as interviews and focus groups. Work closely with internal staff to coordinate the related logistics.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the Institute’s individual programs, overall ecosystem, strategic plan, and mission.
  • Identify potential opportunities to improve the Institute’s programs and resources.
  • Build the Institute’s internal capacity by sharing best practices and leading hands-on training sessions as needed.
  • Report evaluation results at various levels – create and maintain useful dashboards and other reports necessary for internal and external accountability.
  • Conduct literature reviews. 
  • Assist with new grant or fee for service proposals that include an evaluation component.
  • Present on behalf of the Institute at various conferences and other events.



  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience or 3 years directing/leading an evaluation program
  • Experience working in a K-12 setting
  • A Master’s degree or greater with a focus on a related field a plus (research, education, statistics, social science research methods, etc.)
  • A strong analytical mind able to think both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Ability to plan big picture strategies, make high level decisions, run statistical analyses, and execute day to day tasks with detail and precision
  • Experience with juggling multiple projects at once and working in a fast paced environment
  • A can-do attitude and demonstrated ability to problem-solve under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Hands on experience using and managing databases (knowledge of CiviCRM a plus)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite applications, MailChimp, SurveyMonkey and other survey/statistical analyses/communication tools 
  • Personal interest in American history and/or K-12 education a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

All interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and sample evaluation report to, by no later than close of business on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Please include “Director of Evaluation” in the subject line of your email. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.