Director of Evaluation and Learning
Who We Are
Children’s Law Center believes every child deserves to have a stable family, good health, a quality education -- and to live in a world in which racism, trauma and poverty are eliminated as barriers to success. At the Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.
Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive the Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.
Children Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.
The Children’s Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work remotely until the organization returns to the office. We prioritize the health and wellbeing of our clients, employees and their families and friends. All employees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment unless the employee is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a disability or a sincerely held religious belief.
The Director of Evaluation and Learning leads and provides oversight for Children’s Law Center’s evaluation and learning activities. This position oversees efforts to measure, analyze, and report on the organization’s programmatic impact and organizational effectiveness and builds an organizational culture that uses data to improve programs and practices.
- Supervises the Evaluation and Learning Coordinator and the Data and Reporting Specialist.
- Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new staff.
- Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
- Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
- Provides professional development opportunities to the evaluation and learning team.
- Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with organization policy.
Research and Evaluation
- Develops a vision for CLC’s evaluation and research agenda.
- Develops, implements and monitors CLC’s impact evaluation work.
- Leads the development of theories of change and logic models.
- Identifies methodologies and instruments to ensure objective quantitative and qualitative measurement of program outcomes.
- Develops data collection policies and practices and monitors uniform data collection compliance and quality across organization.
- Develops and prepares internal reports of status, progress and outcomes of evaluation activities.
- Displays cultural knowledge and sensitivities while building relationships and evaluation methods across different demographic groups.
- Stewards and cultivates high level partnerships with external research and evaluation partners.
- Trains staff and partners and provides tools to ensure proper application of evaluation techniques and application.
- To the extent evaluation projects involve the use of regulated information or activity, including human subjects research and health information privacy laws, ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and organizational policies and procedures.
Data and Reporting Systems
- Oversees ongoing design, customization, and improvement of data collection systems and reporting structures, including Legal Server, CLC’s case management system.
- Develops and oversees data monitoring strategy and data quality reviews.
- Manages regular reporting schedule and ongoing system monitoring for the collection and dissemination of data, dashboards, and reports to program directors, boards, and key stakeholders for use across the organization, including development.
- Oversees onboarding and ongoing data collection and evaluation training needs.
- Develops reporting and data interpretation training for leadership and supervisory staff.
Evaluation and Learning Strategy
- In partnership with the Leadership Team, develops and implements strategy, framework, and structures for organizational learning from evaluation.
- Facilitates regular reviews of data and progress toward established goals.
- Identifies opportunities for learning across programs to improve practice internally and encourage innovation.
- Stays current and contribute to evaluation and learning practices in the non-profit and legal services communities.
- Identifies opportunities to share evaluation and learning strategies and findings publicly to benefit CLC and the broader community CLC serves.
Salary & Benefits
The salary for this position ranges from $82,900 to $103,600 annually based on relevant experience. Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.
Skills & Abilities
- Demonstrated track record of at least 8 years in applied research and/or evaluation.
- Experience working in the non-profit sector and/or legal services.
- Extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative analytic methods.
- Extensive experience with databases and case management systems, particularly in customizing, no-code build out and managing new systems migration or product development.
- Knowledge of program evaluation concepts and applications; experience and/or leadership in conducting developmental, formative and summative evaluations.
- Knowledge of organizational change, organizational culture, and data-driven decision making.
- Ability to analyze and communicate complex data.
- Facilitation, training and consultation skills in order to convene groups to interpret and examine data, make decisions, and move to action.
- Ability to communicate with diverse audiences – professionals at all levels to include, program directors and program staff, policy-makers, board, funders, etc.
- Proficiency in effective oral and written communication.
- Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to engage, lead, motivate, train, and manage a diverse and high performing team.
Education and Experience
- PhD or master’s degree in social science-related field.
To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume and 3 professional references via CLC’s careers page (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).
The Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our organization and our career opportunities (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).
The Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.