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30 Aug 2023

Research and Policy Director of Engaged Learning

The Denver Foundation
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The Denver Foundation seeks an equity-focused Director of Engaged Learning who centers on mission-based work supporting the foundation’s vision, mission, and purpose. Our Director of Engaged Learning leads learning and evaluation strategies across The Denver Foundation, using the foundation’s Learning Framework.

The Director of Engaged Learning reports to the Senior Director of Partnerships, Policy, and Learning and requires at least five years of proven success in experience supporting teams, organizations and/or initiatives in evidence- and impact-driven, social-sector environments such as community-based organizations; government agencies; consultancies; or philanthropic organizations.

This is a full-time position in Denver, Colorado. We work on a hybrid schedule of at least two days in the office (Monday and Thursday required). The starting salary for this position is $85,000 to $107,000 per year. This position is salaried, exempt, and eligible for all the foundation’s benefits. Benefits include paid time off, retirement (403b) contribution, tuition assistance, and medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. The starting salary will be based on experience.

The Denver Foundation is Rocky Mountain West’s largest and most experienced community foundation. For nearly 100 years, people in Metro Denver and across Colorado have trusted The Denver Foundation to steward charitable funds to meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. In partnership with generous donors and community partners, we lead a community-wide effort to build a better future for everyone. The foundation’s vision is a Metro Denver that is racially equitable in its leadership, prosperity, and culture, and we are a catalytic leader that engages in critical issues and accelerates systems change. To achieve this, all staff must intentionally apply Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity to their practice. The ideal candidates for this position are committed to racial equity.

The Director of Engaged Learning will lead the implementation of the foundation’s learning and evaluation strategies, including developing and administering surveys, conducting focus groups, and using other strategies to garner stakeholder feedback. The position will also review and aggregate data from grantee reports, support the foundation’s state and federal grant applications with expertise in evaluation and learning elements of submitted proposals, lead external partnerships with evaluation consultants on third-party evaluations, and provide leadership and expertise around how to center equity in the process and outcomes of learning and evaluation practices.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in the following key areas:

  • Learning and evaluation
  • Utilizing qualitative and quantitative research strategies
  • Centering equity in learning and evaluation practices
  • Facilitating groups or committees
  • Collaboration and effectively working across different teams
  • Implementing strategy

Candidates must possess the following:

  • At least five years of proven success in experience supporting teams, organizations, and/or initiatives in evidence- and impact-driven, social-sector environments such as community-based organizations, government agencies, consultancies, or philanthropic organizations
  • Demonstrated experience in crafting evaluation and learning that informs organizational strategy
  • Familiarity with aligning evaluation and learning with principles of equity
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making while balancing competing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation, and communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including correspondence, reporting, and editing
  • Ability to build relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures
  • An unwavering commitment to racial equity

A full job description and application link are available on our careers page at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Denver Foundation practices and champions inclusiveness in our community. We honor all community members’ diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds. Candidates from traditionally marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

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Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Research and Policy. Salaries: 100,000 and above.