Reporting to the Head of Strategy, the Manager, Impact Evaluation will work directly with the Schmidt Futures Strategy Team to improve our impact evaluation strategy for Schmidt Futures’ programs, grants, and investments.
Schmidt Futures bets early on exceptional people making the world better. The Manager, Impact Evaluation would gauge our progress against that core mission by evaluating our “but for” impact, and systematically capturing and transmitting that data to the Leadership Team to guide decision-making and maximize the impact of our portfolio. The ideal candidate is a creative thinker who understands various impact methodologies, statistical analyses, and grant tracking systems. The Manager, Impact Evaluation should bring a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to bear in designing and implementing an impact evaluation strategy unique to the mission and method of Schmidt Futures and its various programs.
- Design, manage, and execute an innovative evaluation strategy that tracks our progress against our mission to bet early on exceptional people making the world better
- Develop strategies to measure impact at multiple levels of granularity, including the individual gifts, grants, and investments level; the programmatic level; across the lines of efforts of our collection of programs, and at the top organizational level
- Design or refine an impact evaluation program that can track outcomes on different timescales, including immediate (1 year), short term (2 years), and longer-term (10+ year) impact
- Understand lessons learned from existing efforts to evaluate impact
- Advise relevant organizational leaders on effective ways to align resourcing decisions with impact evaluation and impact potential
- Utilize statistical analysis, impact metrics, and other measurement methods to develop rigorous evaluation strategies that are sufficiently flexible to capture the full range of positive impact resulting from our work
- Develop approaches to measure the “but for” impact of our work, such as through comparing outcomes between our actual portfolio and our “anti-portfolio” (the work we narrowly did not pursue)
- Design approaches to make data collection on outcomes easier and better to facilitate more productive monitoring and evaluation
- Ensure our impact evaluation incorporates measurements of both equity & exceptionality, in accordance with one of Schmidt Futures’ ten principles: “We can and must support both equity and exceptionality at the same time.”
- Transform complex, multi-channel data into actionable insights that tell the story of how Schmidt Futures has supported exceptional people making the world better; ensure these insights are strategically integrated into annual planning and program design to impact further going forward
- Learn from impact evaluation methods of peer organizations to continuously improve Schmidt Futures’ approach
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Some of the desired capabilities include:
- Demonstrated analytical skills, including quantitative modeling, data, and statistical analysis
- Demonstrated expertise in impact evaluation using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods
- Project management skills, including capabilities to drive efforts independently, and ensure effective implementation
- Ability to coordinate efforts across multiple stakeholders
- Demonstrated leadership ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
- Exceptional problem-solving skills, for both conceptual and analytical problems
- Values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, with experience presenting at management and governance meetings.
- Ability to use software tools for word processing, presentation, and spreadsheets (especially Google Docs and Sheets), with particular experience using slide-decks for business planning and management updates
- Demonstrated experience in scalable data collection strategies
- Ability to use one or more software tools or languages to run statistical analysis on evaluation data
- Ability to communicate complex analysis results simply and concisely, using non-technical language and clear visualizations
- Creative, outside of the box thinker who comes up with new, better ways to achieve goals
- Have 5-10+ years’ work experience in research & evaluation
- Have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
- Have practical or educational experience in the field of impact evaluation
- Be based in the Schmidt Futures offices in New York or Washington, D.C.
About Schmidt Futures
Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together. We knit talent into networks, bet on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equip people to scale through partners and modern tools. To realize this vision, Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools — including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity — for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. Our initiative brings together the efforts of various charitable and non-charitable entities to improve our potential impact by making diverse types of capital available to the efforts we support.
Futures Action Network, LLC, which operates Schmidt Futures, is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.