Impact Planning and Evaluation Manager
Race ForwardFull time
Impact Planning and Evaluation Manager
- Reports to: Vice President of Research
- FLSA Status: Exempt
- Hiring Range: $76,500-$81,600
- Location: Remote
- Tentative Start Date: October 19, 2020
About Race Forward
Race Forward’s mission is to catalyze movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial democratic society free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward.
The Impact Planning and Evaluation Manager, under the supervision of the Vice President of Research, helps to develop and implement evaluation plans for Race Forward’s racial justice work in accessible and innovative ways. The position will also manage the development and implementation of a mission-focused, functional impact planning and evaluation system(s) for the organization. This requires frequent engagement with multiple strategic leaders at the organization, various project leads, and the Development and Partnerships Department, among others.
It is strongly preferred that candidates have a strong racial justice expertise, and have direct experience working for or with people of color community-based organizations or for racial/social justice advocacy organizations that center measurable improvements for communities of color.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and lead the implementation of impact planning and evaluation system(s), including devising new tools/methods, and training and/or coaching departments, project managers/teams.
- Build confidence, ownership and capacity across the organization for thorough and creative impact planning and implementation.
- Develop and manage accessible evaluation reporting platforms, as needed, to allow program and development staff to assess program/project performance for timely, substantive adjustments, and for grant reporting.
- Guide the creation of a sustainable infrastructure for planning, data collection and stakeholder engagement feedback for program/project teams.
- Assess existing impact planning and evaluation practices across programs, on an ongoing basis.
Conceptualize, plan and implement short, and long-term evaluation projects.
- Define and measure the impacts of racial justice work and solutions (internal and external), such as policy and practice impacts, capacity building / training across multiple audiences, narrative change initiatives, institutional and sectoral change efforts, etc.
- Draft, collect feedback, finalize and disseminate impact planning and evaluation products (or occasional other products such as research reports, briefs and reviews; and online editorials/blogs).
- Provide evaluation project management for effective cross-program collaboration on discrete projects of various sizes and complexity (e.g., conference evaluations, evaluation best practice trainings for external audiences, etc.).
- Design and deliver presentations on impact strategy and evaluation outcomes and methods, research findings, and other Race Forward products and content in a range of settings, including with partners, funders and the media.
- Support organizational fundraising and reporting efforts, including incorporating impact planning and evaluation information into grant proposals and reports.
- Active participation including facilitation for departmental and organizational meetings, workgroups, and committees.
- Additional duties as assigned by the Vice President of Research.
Qualifications and Experience
- At least 5 years’ experience in evaluation (e.g., in service to community organizations, non-profit organizations, labor unions, etc.). Strong preference given to extensive experience at or with race-explicit justice organizations or projects.
- Demonstrated experience with development of logic models, evaluation plans, evaluation methods with strong preference for conducting race-explicit evaluation or evaluation for racial justice impact
- In-depth knowledge of social and racial justice impact measurement practices.
- Advanced degree in program evaluation preferred, but not required.
- In-depth knowledge in racial justice theory, history and current conditions affecting communities of color, including AANHPI, American Indian, Black, Latinx and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian) communities, both U.S.-born and immigrant. Strong familiarity with progressive social change practices and landscapes, particularly in racial justice and related fields.
- Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to write in multiple styles for lay and professional audiences. Ability to write quickly with a high level of competence. Preferred: Ability to also read, write, and communicate in Spanish, or another language other than English.
- Demonstrated ability to meet frequent deadlines when working both individually and in team settings.
- Practical experience with Microsoft Excel, Salesforce, SPSS, Dedoose, ArcGIS, and/or other software for collecting, organizing and analyzing data.
- Experience and explicit interest in coaching, project management, and/or training.
- Patience, a strong and collaborative work ethic, good judgment and a well-honed sense of humor. Comfort in a range of settings, from grassroots meetings to professional conferences.
- This position requires long periods of time at a desk and on a computer. The position will require flexibility for meetings during regular work hours across the EST and PST time zones.
- We seek to fill the position in October so that the manager may participate substantively in the organization’s formal strategic planning process.
Race Forward provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.