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Director of Learning & Impact

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Illinois, United States
$120,000.00 - $135,000.00
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022

Based in Chicago, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund endeavors to impact lives today, create sustainable change, and empower future generations to achieve their greatest potential through grant-making efforts in three program areas: Education, Human Services, and Healthcare & Medical Research. Programs are supported in five geographic regions of the country where trustees reside. The Fund has dedicated resources to build out the evaluation function to ensure that outcomes are aligned with the mission of the McGowan Fund. The ultimate vision is to solve societal problems through grantees.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Learning and Impact will provide thought leadership to identify opportunities to advance strategies, enhance grantmaking practices, and strengthen impact. The successful candidate will develop and refine the vision, strategy, frameworks, and structures for learning and impact at the McGowan Fund.

They 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. They ensure that the mechanisms and tools are in place to effectively understand outcomes and use these insights to assist in planning and refining grantmaking strategies.

A track record of developing and implementing processes that advance rigor and learning across an organization or team is required. 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. They 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. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study is required. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in strategy, measurement and evaluation, and promoting ongoing learning. The ideal candidate will bring experience with diverse social sector and philanthropic programs.

Please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Noetic Search. For more information, please visit Noetic’s or the McGowan Fund’s website.


$120,000-$135,000 depending on competencies and experience. Salary is based on national benchmarking data for foundations.  

The Foundation offers generous benefits including retirement contributions, medical, dental, vision, life and matching gifts, hybrid work schedule and paid time off. 

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes. We encourage people from these communities to apply.

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