Moving towards a vision of building an Oregon that works for
all, Meyer Memorial Trust invites applications and
nominations for the role of Director of Learning.
Established in 1982, Meyer Memorial Trust was created by the late
Fred G. Meyer, founder of a chain of retail stores bearing his name
throughout the Pacific Northwest. Meyer has awarded roughly $840
million in grants and program-related investments to more than
3,380 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 2016,
Meyer focused grantmaking to advance equity, eventually leading to
a new justice-centered mission in 2021: Meyer accelerates racial,
social, and economic justice for the collective well-being of
Oregon’s lands and peoples.
Now in 2022, Meyer is working towards the implementation of a
new strategic framework grounded in principles of trust-based
philanthropy and rooted in its anti-racist, feminist values.
Meyer’s program team is engaging with members of the BIPOC
community to ensure that their priorities for justice shape Meyer’s
approach going forward. The funding priorities that Meyer adopts
this fall will build on the trust’s legacy of equity-centered work
in education, housing, the environment, and thriving communities,
and will dovetail with Justice Oregon for
Black Lives, an initiative that Meyer launched in 2020 to
deepen their commitment to racial justice by making
community-informed investments in the lives of Black
Meyer also takes an active role as a convener, by bringing
leaders together to learn from one another and move forward
strategically in collaboration to tackle complex problems and
create meaningful change. Beyond grantmaking, the organization acts
as a catalyst through advocacy by bringing people to the table and
supporting partners who advocate for BIPOC community priorities.
Recognizing the importance of meeting urgent and immediate
community needs while also working for changes in public policy,
this kind of change often does not happen quickly; Meyer’s active
support of policy advocacy helps magnify the work of grantmaking
partners who are dedicated to challenging the status quo.
As part of the effort to build capacity towards becoming an
intentional learning organization, Meyer has partnered with the
Evaluation Innovation to explore and strategize the question:
How can we know if we are building a foundation and practice of
trust-based philanthropy, participatory grantmaking, and
intentional community relationships in alignment with our
anti-racist, feminist values? The exploration of this question lays
the groundwork for Meyer’s engagement of a new Director of
Learning who will work in partnership with senior
leadership to build a comprehensive learning and evaluation
approach to support the achievement of Meyer’s mission.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
The Director of Learning will be an enthusiastic self-starter
who has a committed passion for Meyer’s mission, values, and
commitment to equity. They will lead a new and growing team and
will coach and support program team colleagues in advancing Meyer
as a learning organization, rooted in its values. The Director will
engage in the following:
Leadership & Vision for Learning at Meyer.
The Director will provide leadership and work collaboratively with
the Chief Impact Officer and Director of Grantmaking to develop,
refine, and implement Meyer’s learning and evaluation approach that
is aligned with Meyer’s newly approved mission, uses an anti-racist
and feminist lens, and is grounded in Meyer’s strategy framework.
This work will include assessing and providing recommendations for
how to operationalize Meyer’s learning and evaluation approach at
all levels, including staffing, systems and process development,
and capacity building. Additionally, the Director will work in
close partnership to assess Program strategies, learning, and
activities in order to draw out insights to be meaningfully
disseminated across the organization and beyond.
Partner to Support Board Learning. Lead and
work collaboratively with the Director of Grantmaking and program
staff to support Board learning and capacity building for fully
realizing trust-based philanthropy principles in Meyer’s work.
Steward External Relationships. The Director
will build and maintain relationships with skilled, diverse
consultants who support commissioned evaluation, ensuring that
efforts meet or exceed standards for accountability and learning
and are grounded in Meyer’s values. The Director will actively
engage in the trust-based philanthropy network to ensure that
Meyer’s commitment to building equity and addressing power
imbalances are centered in the organization’s learning and giving
Champion and Model Equity-Centered Approaches.
As a key contributor to Meyer leadership, the Director will offer
personal interest and commitment to working in a diverse and
inclusive work environment that places a high value on equity and
justice. They will contribute to promoting a positive workplace
culture of collaboration, innovation, and respect. The Director
will engage in training and competency development to further build
equity-based skills that can be applied at multiple levels across
THE SKILLS YOU WILL NEED
Candidates for the Director of Learning role will bring many of
the following qualities, experiences, and approaches:
- Deep commitment to Meyer’s mission to use an antiracist,
feminist lens to strengthen movements, change systems, and support
communities to build an Oregon that works for all.
- Ability to authentically connect one’s own personal lived and
professional experiences with the Foundation’s mission and
- Deep knowledge, commitment, and personal interest in working in
a diverse and inclusive work environment that places a high value
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to
establish effective working relationships in a multicultural,
multi-ethnic environment (please
refer to Meyer’s Equity Statement).
- An understanding of the foundational role that racism, ableism,
sexism, and other forms of bias and oppression play in perpetuating
inequity; demonstrated appreciation for shared power.
- Knowledge and experience working with equity- and
justice-oriented approaches to learning and evaluation, including
awareness of and appreciation for the different ways in which
knowledge manifests in group design, adult learning, and evaluative
- Deep knowledge of the field of philanthropy and strategic
grantmaking, including principles of trust-based philanthropy.
Experience working across the social sector with foundations,
non-profits, and mission-driven organizations.
- Flexibility and agility working across content areas with an
appreciation for the intersections between issues; Ability to
synthesize complex, cross-disciplinary material and focus quickly
on the essence of an issue while maintaining clarity around the big
picture; Experience using a combination of objective and subjective
data to create relevant, dynamic learning opportunities.
- Extensive experience in the development of dynamic learning
agendas that are tailored to the unique needs of internal
stakeholders. Robust facilitation skills for meetings, dialogues,
and working sessions, including the ability to identify patterns,
make connections and capture & synthesize information.
- High emotional intelligence with the ability to provide nuanced
training and support to team members on issues that may be
learning/evaluation-related challenges or points of opportunity. An
engaging, accessible, and flexible style that builds trust and
confidence across diverse team cultures and priorities. A natural
collaborator with a service orientation and ability to listen and
deftly influence and guide individuals and teams.
- A dynamic influencer with highly effective interpersonal and
relational skills, including a demonstrated ability to work
successfully across complex, matrixed teams and with roles at
- Natural inclination and intentionality for learning; A curious
disposition motivated by the internal drive to uncover and shed
light on complex issues.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred, although
equivalent expertise and/or lived experience will also be
The compensation range for the Director of Learning position is
$150,000 - $170,000. This position is based in Portland, Oregon
with the Meyer team. Meyer staffers are working on a hybrid
schedule with remote and office-based days.
More information about the Meyer Memorial Trust
may be found at: mmt.org
This search is being led by Cara Pearsall and Danielle Higa of
NPAG. Candidates may submit
their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications,
along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Meyer Memorial Trust is committed to the principles of
equal employment opportunity and compliance with all federal, state
and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the
Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, Meyer ensures equal
opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race;
color; age; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation;
religion; marital status; national origin or ancestry; citizenship;
lawful alien status; physical, mental or medical disability;
veteran status; or liability for service in the United States Armed
Transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary
job applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities and
applicants with criminal record histories, are encouraged to