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Director of Learning & Evaluation
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund in Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 10/24/2019
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund brings its vision to life through grant-making efforts in three program areas:  Education,  Human Services, and Healthcare & Medical Research. The McGowan Fund gives priority to programs that have demonstrated success, have measurable outcomes and plans for sustainability, and aim to end cycles of poverty and suffering.  The McGowan Fund is focused on measurable outcomes and ensuring that funding leads to sustainable programs and improving lives for the communities served by grantees. The underlying belief is that grants made by the McGowan Fund are an investment made with grantees who are essential partners in solving problems. Ultimately success is evidenced by systems level change.

The successful candidate will develop and refine the vision, strategy, frameworks, and structures for learning and evaluation at the McGowan Fund. S/he will manage all grantmaking program evaluation, performance measurement and data management and analysis for the assessment of existing grantmaking programs in a manner consistent with the mission, values and guiding principles of the McGowan Fund.


The candidate we seek has technical expertise from the field of applied social science, strategy, evaluation, and learning and will act as a thought partner. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to create and implement new learning and evaluation approaches and must be skilled in a range of efforts that elevates learning, guides action and creates impact.  

Excellent strategic and critical thinking skills and the ability to take a broad perspective in the analysis and evaluation of information is expected. The candidate of choice must demonstrate strong communication skills (written and oral), particularly in synthesizing, interpreting, and presenting complex information to a variety of audiences. S/he will be comfortable working in a small office, is adaptable to change and committed to providing exceptional service.  S/he must be interested in, and ideally knowledgeable about, the McGowan Fund’s programmatic pillars.

Master’s degree is required. PhD preferred.  Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in strategy, measurement and evaluation. Promoting ongoing learning in a grantmaking organization is needed. The ideal candidate will bring experience with diverse social sector and philanthropic programs.

For more information and/or to apply please visit or the McGowan Fund’s website at

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