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Managing Director, Learning and Measurement

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The Robin Hood Foundation | New York, NY
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The Robin Hood Foundation


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About Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. In addition to funding 200 of the most effective nonprofits serving New Yorkers experiencing poverty, we amplify financial support with a range of management assistance.


Building on our 30 years of experience, Robin Hood is expanding our impact with an explicit focus on lifting families sustainably and measurably out of poverty through influencing policy, raising our thought leadership profile, importing and exporting effective ideas and strategies nationally, and building new collaborations with strategic partners.


Position Overview

The Managing Director, Learning and Measurement will work closely the Chief of Grant Strategy, the Policy and Partnership team members to assist in the measurement of programs and activities, to capture learnings, and to improve articulation of and accountability for goals and priorities that contribute to Robin Hood’s strategic vision of sustainably moving households out of poverty. The Managing Director, Learning and Measurement will help staff to measure the impact of Robin Hood’s grantmaking and policy activities and provide the team with the latest research to drive greater efficiencies and clarity in the decision-making process. The Managing Director, Learning and Measurement plays a pivotal role in helping staff and our community partners (grantees) improve their organizational effectiveness and practice, share effective strategies, and strengthen our grantmaking impact.


Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Serve as the primary Learning and Measurement point of contact for internal teams and leadership, with specific emphasis on using data and research for learnings and to understand the progress of Robin Hood’s investments against goals.
  • Work with the Program, Policy and Partnerships teams to surface key learnings from previous and current grantmaking and initiatives, and to actively disseminate results and lessons to other staff, community partners, and the field.
  • Conduct reviews of research studies in order to provide an independent, objective perspective on the existing evidence base for programs and policies that help achieve mobility from poverty.
  • Support the Program, Policy and Partnership teams in developing a measurement approach to grants and initiatives and help develop a monitoring plan, select metrics and assess implementation.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to answer strategic research questions and provide support to help staff in designing measurement and evaluation plans for funded projects.
  • Work with internal teams to ensure that the organization’s programs and priorities are informed by input from local communities that are impacted by poverty.
  • In partnership with external researchers, design a methodology for accurately understanding the potential impact of programs and policies on the long-term economic mobility of individuals and households.
  • Ensure the accuracy and relevance of the organization’s existing benefit/cost metrics and work with internal teams and external experts to develop new metrics based on current investments and the latest research.

·        Work with researchers from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University and internal staff to guide the priorities of the Robin Hood Poverty Tracker and Early Childhood Poverty Tracker; provide input on the publication and dissemination of reports and briefs.

·        Develop a methodology for tracking and reporting the public and philanthropic dollars influenced through Robin Hood’s programmatic, policy and partnership activities.

·        Share evaluation lessons via writing and other mediums to synthesize what and how Robin Hood is learning; help Robin Hood to become a model for supporting transparent learning in philanthropy and building the evidence for “what works” to sustainably move households out of poverty.

·        Work with the Program Operations and Technology team to maintain data systems on an ongoing basis and to design dashboards to capture key performance indicators.


The Managing Director, Learning and Measurement will report to the Chief of Grant Strategy


Qualifications

·        Master’s degree plus 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, in research and/or evaluation

·        Strong research, analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills

·        Extensive management experience and insight about non-profit performance measurements and operations:

-       Broad knowledge about urban social services models and delivery

-       Broad, seasoned perspective on philanthropic field and its constituencies; knowledge of grant making preferred

-       Broad knowledge of social problems, programs and policies, government programs, funding streams, and cost structuring

  • Technical expertise in evaluation, preferably in poverty-related or social services work in the U.S.
  • Experience conducting evaluations and impact assessments, including experience with a broad variety of qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques
  • Experience with human-centered design or participatory research methods, preferred
  • Experience in data analysis and data visuals (e.g., development of reports and dashboards)
  • Strong facilitation skills for evaluation-related meetings, dialogues, and working sessions
  • Highly effective interpersonal and relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at multiple levels
  • High emotional intelligence with the ability to provide nuanced support to team members on evaluation issues that builds trust and confidence across diverse team cultures and priorities
  • A curious disposition motivated by an internal drive to understand and untangle complex issues
  • Exceptional prioritization and time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment

·        Commitment to poverty issues and to Robin Hood’s model of engaged grant making

·        Ability to be both a long-term strategic visionary and to understand current on-the-ground realities

·        A good blend of entrepreneurial spirit and the capacity to work within a team

·        Embraces ambiguity and has a willingness to “roll up their sleeves”

·        High degree of self-awareness, humility, and diplomacy

·        Sense of humor and skillful listener




Robin Hood Values

Our core values ground the work that we do in all areas of our organization. If these principles appeal to you, we invite you to apply.

·        Robin Hood puts people first. Always.

·        Robin Hood is unafraid to take action and create solutions.

·        Robin Hood is data driven and heart led.

·        Robin Hood works the coat check. 

About Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. In addition to funding 200 of the most effective nonprofits serving New Yorkers experiencing poverty, we amplify financial support with a range of…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.

How to Apply

Please visit our website to complete our online application.

Please visit our website to complete our online application.

Location

826 Broadway, 9th floor, New York, NY 10003

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