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Under the general direction of the Vice President of Integration & Learning, and the Director of the Measurement, Learning & Evaluation, the Manager, Evaluation & Learning is responsible for conceptual and technical oversight of evaluations, data development and research portfolios in support of all organizational activities; supervision and coaching of department staff. S/he supports the development and implementation of organization-wide learning agendas in collaboration with I&L Division staff and other key internal stakeholders. S/he will collaborate with other staff to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the organization. S/he is responsible for staying abreast and knowledgeable of established and cutting-edge methods and innovations for evaluating policy and systems change strategies, placed-based evaluation methods, and relevant research developments in early childhood to share and adopt internally as appropriate.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Manager, Evaluation & Learning should visibly demonstrate the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, respect, accountability, purpose, shared leadership and learning in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Thought leadership on evaluation and research
Learning Agenda implementation
Thought leadership on indicator and data development
Staff supervision and talent development
Provides evaluation, research, data and learning thought leadership for the outcome area investment portfolios and across outcome area portfolios
Co-develops and supports implementation of the organization-wide learning agenda supporting First 5 LA’s strategic plan
Makes recommendations on the overall approach of the (cross) outcome area evaluation portfolios
Makes recommendations on indicators to track progress on First 5 LA’s strategic plan, and journey to become a learning organization
Designs, manages and/or conducts select research and data projects in support of programs and the First 5 LA Strategic Plan
Promotes a culture of strategic learning and knowledge sharing internally and externally to amplify the organization’s impact and effectives
Leads organization-wide effort to revise First 5 LA’s outcome area and integrated theories of change
Manages the identification, review and selection of external evaluation, research/data consultants and partners
Co-develops and implements criteria for when to use of third party evaluations as opposed to other learning tools
Guides and supports department staff in the creation of briefs, blog series, case studies, listicles, and other knowledge products with the intent of communicating actionable insights derived from evaluation, research, and data investments as appropriate
As appropriate, assists other Integration & Learning (I&L) Division staff as it implements a technical assistance strategy to support all staff in building their capacity to carry out knowledge work across the organization
Collaborates with the Knowledge Management Manager to implement a knowledge management strategy for specific learning plans
Models and guides staff on relevant professional development areas; works with direct reports on professional development and on-going training and coaching
In collaboration with Division Leadership, develops and implements an onboarding plan for Integration & Learning division staff to successfully transition into their new roles
Collects, mines, synthesizes and shares insights/learnings from research and evaluation investments with internal and external stakeholders
Supports the department, and the I&L division in the development of annual budgets and long term financial projections
Facilitates and supports staff in effective communication with internal and external audiences, including but not limited to, presentations, Commission discussions, key partner meeting, etc.
Develops, coaches and supervises department staff consistent with values and competencies required for successful job growth and development
Supports the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and values a diversity of perspectives
Adheres to policies and procedures to ensure alignment with State regulations, local ordinances and First 5 LA directives
Keeps apprised of all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting First 5 LA and Proposition 10
Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed
Collaborates both internally and with external stakeholders to capture, synthesize and share learning and knowledge outcomes from the ongoing execution of all activities as necessary
Staff Supervision and Talent Development
Monitors staff performance and provides ongoing performance feedback
Develops, coaches and supervises Department staff consistent with values and competencies required for successful job growth and development
Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors
Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is able to identify appropriate and relevant stakeholders; identifies internal and external stakeholders needs (customers); is responsive to stakeholder needs, considers impact when making recommendations
Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public
Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; strong presentation skills; demonstrates ability to develop and deliver relevant and appropriate communications; delivers messages in a direct manner; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences
Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of his/her true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to analyze complex problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches
Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Identifies key issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; develops alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to develop a point of view on a course of action to accomplish goals; develops priorities with the right balance of short and long-term wins
Job Specific Competencies
Role Specific Content: Demonstrated ability to design and implement evaluation, research and data project targeted at young children and families; demonstrated ability to evaluate policy systems change strategies, and place-based initiatives; strong influencing and relationship building skills; demonstrated ability to apply evaluation concepts in complex settings; ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret large primary and secondary data sets; ability to translate and communicate (both written and verbally) complex analytical concepts to multiple audiences; knowledge of policy trends in early childhood prevention and/or intervention; proficiency in social science research, measurement and design methods (qualitative and quantitative); understanding of the evolving role of evaluation and research in effective grant-making and social change organizations committed to learning, continuous improvement and innovation; ability to facilitate internal and external learning and reflection sessions; knowledge of culturally sensitive research and evaluation approaches; proven ability to process complex information and present ideas in a pragmatic and compelling manner
Content Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to learn and apply new skills; ability to learn how to operate new systems quickly; demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; knows how to use technology tools to effectively manage and expedite processes; uses resources effectively
Planning and Organization and Project Management: Works in an organized manner with strong attention to detail; prioritizes and plans work activities; ability to effectively manage overlapping projects and deadlines; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly; sets goals and objectives; ability to manage high performance projects
Managing People: Provides direction and gains compliance; takes responsibility for direct reports’ activities; makes self-available to direct reports; develops direct reports’ skills and encourages growth; provides regular performance feedback; encourages open communications; uses negotiation skills to resolve conflict; strong influencing and relationship skills; experience in managing high performance teams
Minimum of seven years of experience in evaluation, research and analysis in a public agency, health, education, philanthropic foundation, or non-profit organizational environment preferred
Minimum of four years of staff supervision experience preferred
Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in a social science, public policy or a related field preferred
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Extensive experience using SPSS, SAS or other related statistical software package
Proficiency using project management software and online platforms to collaborate electronically
Ability to use widely supported internet browsers
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
Valid automobile liability insurance
This position requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed|
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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