At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Evaluation Officer

Serving under the direction of the Director of Learning and Evaluation, the Evaluation Officer is responsible for leading and managing evaluation-related functions, including
  1. Assessing the “progress & impact” of the Foundation’s grants and social investments 
  2. Capturing & documenting the “lessons learned” from the Foundation’s activities,
  3. Cultivating a “community of practice” culture for the Foundation
  4. Generating new “knowledge products” that package the Foundation’s highest value knowledge for external stakeholders and audiences.

    • Master’s degree is required. Preference will be given to individuals with graduate degrees in program evaluation or applied social science. 
    • Experience in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector is preferred.
    • 8-10 years work experience and strong networks in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities
    • Track record of creating and implementing new learning and evaluation methods of practice.
    • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
    Core Competency Requirements
    • Ability to represent the Foundation to a wide range of external audiences in a credible and influential way. 
    • Creative and resourceful problem solver who brings fresh perspectives and new ways to solve complex assessment challenges and complicated community of practice issues.
    • Entrepreneurial spirit that thrives on taking risks in a startup environment.
    • Must be beyond reproach in ethics and integrity. Violation of relevant policies could result in damage to WKKF’s reputation and would be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination, as well as potential criminal prosecution.
    • People-oriented personality, with high social and emotional intelligence skills. 
    • Strong facilitation and coaching skills.
    • Highly responsive; strong propensity to provide excellent customer service and support.
    • Able to work with and adapt practices to an array of different learning styles and preferences.
    • High tolerance for ambiguity and the ability to adjust quickly to change.
    • Able to work collaboratively with a wide range of internal departments and external partners.
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication.

    • Strong innovation and design orientation that produces new ideas and approaches for the Foundation’s learning and evaluation practices. 
    • Brings new ideas and approaches to make evaluation more accessible and user-friendly to internal and external audiences.
    • Demonstrates understanding of how to shift the role of evaluation from audit to learning --- in other words, from “proving” to “improving.”
    • Knows how to cultivate and build a community of practice and a “what works” knowledge base.
    • Has mastery of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, including the ability to clearly communicate the analysis and interpretation of research findings.
    For more information and application procedure contact Victor Patterson, victor.patterson@wkkf, 269.969.2254

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