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Learning and Impact Manager

Learning and Impact Manager
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Job Description: 

Job Description

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially 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 in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including traditional grantmaking and program-related investments, to fund both non-profit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is to unlock all learners’ fullest potential.  Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting and ECMC Group by visiting                                                           


The Learning and Impact Manager, a new position at ECMC Foundation, will oversee the Foundation’s grants measurement and evaluation efforts. This includes, but is not limited to, facilitating the grant information and tracking process from inception through completion and helping to tell the Foundation’s impact story. The position reports to the Vice President, Programs and Strategy and plays a central role in contributing to the Foundation’s evaluation practice, measuring the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking and ensuring grantmaking alignment with the Foundation’s theory of change. Thorough and effective attention to this process allows ECMC Foundation to meet its commitments to their grantees and fulfill its mission. 


The Learning and Impact Manager collaborates on the development and implementation of grantmaking strategy and goals. Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Foundation’s strategy to monitor and evaluate grantees, collect data and codify results
  • Prepare analyses and data visualizations to share with internal and external stakeholders
  • Share lessons learned and best practices with the philanthropic and education fields
  • Build intentional connections between grantee outcomes (individual and collective) and the Foundation’s external communications strategies to advance understanding of the Foundation’s commitment to evidence-based learning
  • Connect ECMC Foundation’s strategy and impact with the trends present among the broader education and philanthropic communities
  • Develop an overall approach to learning and evaluation for the Foundation and design the data collection and measurement structures and processes to support the work throughout the organization
  • In coordination with our communications staff, prepare written materials and present to a variety of stakeholders including Board members, civic and education leaders, and nonprofit and community groups and policymakers
  • Collaborate with program staff to synthesize and share Foundation funded research and evaluation  
  • Develop the processes and criteria for periodic systematic review of strategies, theories of change, logic models, and quality and effectiveness on all levels
  • Develop tools, practices and processes to promote strategic learning for continuous improvement across the Foundation including mid-course strategy reflections and reviews
  • Act as an internal advisor to staff involved with any major programmatic or strategic evaluation
  • Scope, retain and manage relationships with external researchers and evaluators
  • Comply with all ECMC Group Policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned


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


Required Education/Certification and Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 6-8 years of work experience in a relevant role, education and/or philanthropy evaluation preferred 

Preferred Education/Certification

  • Master’s Degree


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to effectively:

  • Evaluate research and analyze data to inform strategy development
  • Use qualitative and quantitative evaluations and be able to switch between strategic and practical thinking with exceptional analytical skills.
  • Communicate concepts, research findings and data interpretations, and draw the implications of these analyses for program strategy
  • Identify and liaise with internal and external experts who can help strengthen and inform cross-programmatic learning both within the Foundation and for philanthropy more broadly
  • Work with nonprofits and foundations and utilize a range of types of learning and evaluation approaches and tools
  • Understand the postsecondary education field and the overall landscape including relevant national policies, nonprofit organizational structure (including financials), public policy and outcome measures/evaluation methodologies aimed at assessing program effectiveness
  • Maintain excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Promote high standards of ethical conduct and behaviors consistent with organizational standards
  • Display a sense of humor, flexibility, and the ability to contribute to a collegial, respectful, and supportive office environment
  • Must be able and willing to travel to out-of-state sites, as required
  • Working remotely is not an option


Reports to – Vice President, Programs and Strategy

Direct Reports – N/A


Office:  Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office environment that requires normal safety precautions (such as in typical office or administrative work).


Sedentary work:  Job involves sitting most of the time; walking, lifting, bending, standing etc. may be minimally required.


Less than 25% of the time