Learning and Evaluation Officer

ECMC Foundation


Foundations / Philanthropy, Education


Program Management


CA - Greater Los Angeles Area

About the Organization

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation with a mission to improve higher education for career success among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments across three strategic priorities: removing barriers to postsecondary completion; building the capacity of institutions, organizations, and systems; and transforming the postsecondary ecosystem; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation's vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

Learn more about ECMC Foundation at www.ecmcfoundation.org.

About the Position

The Learning and Evaluation Officer is part of a collaborative team of talented individuals who will work to further the Foundation's efforts by providing actionable information that informs decision-making about the Foundation's strategy. Reporting to the Director, Learning and Evaluation, this role will participate in strategic discussions to identify goals for prioritized initiatives and how we measure progress towards these intended goals. By partnering with grantees, third-party learning partners, and Foundation staff, the individual in this role will have opportunities to turn data into compelling stories, articulating the value of our grantees' efforts, the impact on the Foundation's overarching goals, and the learnings for the postsecondary and philanthropic fields.

What You Will Do

  • Collaborate with the grant and investment making team on initiative development, execution, and assessment
  • Conduct and/or oversee third-party learning partners to: carry out literature reviews, field scans, and assessments of existing funded projects; articulate the Foundation's goal and theory of action in supporting a body of work; design and execute initiative-level evaluations that are centered in equity and focused on systemic change; facilitate conversations with the grant and investment making team to use evaluation findings to shape initiatives' future directions; and present evaluation findings and implications orally and in writing to both internal and external audiences
  • Design, scope, retain, and manage third-party evaluations with the grants and investment team
  • Monitor strategically responsive grants and investments to identify themes, lessons learned, and potential opportunities across funded projects in collaboration with the grants and investment team
  • Develop initiative-level performance measures and make suggestions to improve the type of information we collect from applicants, grantees, and investees
  • Work in partnership with the grants management team to make refinements to our grants management system
  • Coordinate and collaborate with ECMC Group and other entities within the Group on data collection and analytics
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate learning sessions for the Foundation team
  • Support internal organizational evaluation needs (e.g., collecting input from staff via surveys, etc.)
  • Stay abreast of and contribute to effective learning, performance measurement, and evaluation practices in the broader philanthropic and postsecondary fields
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Candidate Requirements:

Who You Are

  • Experienced evaluator. You have a Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of related evaluation work experience in postsecondary education; philanthropy experience a plus; Master's degree in related field and experience managing third-party consultants and contracts preferred
  • Data-driven. You have experience with qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods including use of quantitative (e.g., R, SPSS, STATA, SAS) and qualitative (e.g., Atlas.ti, nVivo) software
  • Clear communicator. You possess superb written and oral communication skills, with experience communicating to key stakeholders, including strong writing skill that incorporates the use of data visualizations and the ability to make compelling, cogent presentations on complex topics
  • Facilitator and coach. You have experience designing and facilitating learning experiences that are grounded in adult learner best practices
  • Strong project manager. You have the ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by honoring commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well
  • Critical thinker. You have demonstrated the ability to leverage strategic and practical thinking, showcasing exceptional analytical skills
  • Flexible. You navigate and bring clarity to periods of ambiguity and change as the work evolves
  • Team Player. You thrive when collaborating with others and possess skills in advocating, negotiation, building consensus, etc.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation and benefits:

The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $120,000. Actual base salary may vary based on, but is not limited to, relevant experience, time in the role, peer and market data, prior performance, business sector, and geographic location.

ECMC Foundation offers comprehensive benefits and perks, including health and wellness benefits, company-paid life and disability insurance, generous 401(k) plan with a company match of up to 6%, paid time off starting at 20 days/yr, commuter subsidy, and education assistance, including both tuition and student loan reimbursement.


Preferred as a hybrid role, based in Los Angeles, CA, with two days per week in office, but open to other U.S. locations.

ECMC Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We're partnering with the team at ECMC Foundation to build a diverse team. ECMC Group is committed to ensuring their diverse, inclusive and equitable culture is built on a strong sense of belonging, where everyone feels seen, heard and encouraged to show up as their authentic self. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application or interview process, please contact info@on-ramps.com.