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
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.