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Director of Learning and Evaluation

Waverley Street Foundation
Reading Station, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Job Description
San Francisco Bay Area


Waverley Street Foundation (WSF) builds and supports solutions at the intersection of climate
change and community priorities, focusing on efforts and initiatives that draw connections
between urgent local and community-based issues-including housing, transportation, food
security, and more-and the health of our planet. The Foundation is especially eager to partner
with communities in the Global South that are already enduring severe impacts of climate
change and that deserve a central place in solutions. WSF prioritizes representation, diversity,
equity, and inclusion in all facets of its work.
Unlike most philanthropies, WSF will spend down its assets-approximately $3 Billion- over
the next 10 years, a decision that empowers it to support not only sensible and pragmatic
solutions but also daring bets and breakthroughs that can alter the trajectory of the climate crisis
and unlock a new and better future for humanity.
WSF strives to do things differently, and be entrepreneurial and innovative in our grantmaking
approach. As we take on the task of addressing global climate change, we are adopting a
campaign mindset where we look to empower people and communities to ensure that their
governments adopt and implement climate friendly policies. Starting with some of the highest
emitting nations, the goal is to demonstrate the collective will of humanity to reside on a livable
planet, and to develop momentum for climate improvements across the globe that results in a
global transition to clean energy sources and sustainable living.
WSF works in deep collaboration with field experts and advisors, as it is essential that the
Foundation's strategy is developed not in conference rooms but out in the world, informed by
the lived experiences and innovative ideas of the people most directly impacted by the problems
the foundation seeks to address. Specifically, WSF convenes experts from a variety of
disciplines who are close to communities - their experiences and their solutions.
In order to execute against our ambitious goals, we are seeking our Director of Learning and


Waverley Street Foundation has ten years to invest the entirety of its endowment in order to
reduce carbon emissions by half. This spend-down goal will require rapid deployment, deep
learning and evaluation of opportunities and an of-the-moment sense of impact.
Your role will be to leverage best practices to build the learning and evaluation approaches that
Waverley Street will use in order to define success, and to help the team rapidly learn from and
iterate its grantmaking and strategic approach. You will also work to help strengthen our
grantees and our field more generally, particularly when it comes to developing appropriate
metrics and approaches for understanding and measuring community change.
The Director of Learning reports to the Managing Director and Chief of Staff (MD/CoS). This
new position relies on strong strategy, collaboration, and leadership skills as well as an expert
understanding of how to use data analysis and evaluation to design best-in-class learning
frameworks that support ongoing improvement and impact. Ultimately, this work will only be as
good as the legacy that we leave and the infrastructure that we help build.
You will work with the MD/CoS to ensure that WSF's campaign and grantmaking strategies are
developed and implemented using timely evidence and learning frameworks to maximize
impact. You must come to this job both with the skills to build those frameworks as well as the
curiosity to consistently question them.
This position is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, reporting to the office at least 2 days per


•Formulate WSF's learning framework in a manner that considers our spend down
goal, and intended overall impact on policy, people, institutions and networks
undergirded by considerations of equity and social justice
•Ensure that WSF's efforts are creating meaningful impact and that the
organization is learning from its successes and failures to continuously improve


•Conceive, organize and conduct research as needed on identified topics in
support of our strategy and campaign objectives
•Identify, collect and analyze the right data sets that include big data resources
and small scale surveys to understand and predict attributes, functions, and
behavior of multiple simultaneously run campaigns
•Manage external evaluation and learning partners, as needed
•Create powerful visualizations and narratives to help the leadership team, Board
and partners understand the effect of our campaigns/impact of our strategies.


•Implement WSF's learning framework, ensuring they are aligned to our campaign
and grantmaking strategy
•Focus on refining the due diligence process in our grantmaking with results from
our Learning framework
•Foster a culture of learning, inquiry, experimentation at WSF that is an integral
part of everything we do - from our site visits to internal reviews of success and


•Above all you are curious, committed and energetic about work that changes the world
•Excited to use data science to guide grantmaking strategies for positive social impact
•Experienced in climate or campaign related Evidence, Impact and Learning.
•A citizen of the world, as comfortable in a board room as you would be on the ground
with frontline organizers who are leading this work.
•A creator of a shared learning culture that increases impact and advances goals and


•Successful development and tracking of key metrics for measuring the impact of issue
campaigns or political campaigns
•Effectively worked with multiple stakeholders to develop evidence and analytics for the
purpose of impact and improvement.
•Fluency in a range of statistical analysis skills for understanding impact (e.g., exploratory
data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, data representation and display etc.)
including an understanding of what (e.g., in terms of measures, data analysis,
visualizations, statistical methods and tools etc.) is usable and useful in practical settings
•Adeptness at going beyond the numbers, translating large amounts of complex data and
trends into strategic learnings that have the power to shape and influence strategic
decision-making.Experienced in the basic tenets of improvement research, including
improvement analytics, using evidence to inform and support positive change and
improvement, etc.
•Proficient in traditional learning methods paired with an innovator's mindset and
openness to adapting and developing methodologies to advance improvement.
•Writing ability that is clear, concise and analytic in style
•Excellent communication, interpersonal, and diplomacy skills including solid presentation
and facilitation skills, with the ability to interact with and mobilize a wide and diverse


•Passion about advancing equitable and transformative solutions to the climate crisis
•An entrepreneurial mindset, able to scale the function up from design to maturity in short
•Ability to synthesize information and distill complex ideas into clear, concise, and
actionable forms
•Proven track record within complex, multi-stakeholder projects/organizations
•Skilled at building strong relationships and cultivating diverse networks
•Humble and open to differing views and perspectives
•Intellectual curiousity and current on news in their field
•Comfortable with radical approach to diversity
•Break down barriers to getting things done, while always operating with unassailable
•Willingness to pitch in when needed
•Low drama, good humor and joie de vivre


Salary: This position offers a salary that begins at $225,000. The exact offer will be determined
by a variety of factors such as the candidate's individual skills, qualifications, and experience
relative to the requirements of the role.

Benefits: In addition to salary, this position includes a comprehensive benefits package that
includes health, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) plan with employer match, paid time off,
and other perks.

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for
the role via the "Become a Candidate" button on the position profile on the GoodCitizen website.
Applicants applying by September 25, 2023 will be given priority consideration, with the position
open until filled.
GoodCitizen has been exclusively retained by the Federation to lead this search. For questions,
please contact: Melissa Merritt

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