Associate Measurement and Evaluation Manager

Philanthropy Seattle, Washington


Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. is looking for our next Associate Measurement and Evaluation Manager to join the Philanthropy team.


Are you….

… a Measurement and Evaluation Professional with expertise in philanthropic initiatives AND have a  passion to make a difference in the world? Do you want to take your skills and passions to the next level at an organization that brings experts together to solve the biggest challenges?

Nice to meet you, we’re Vulcan!

Empowered by our founder Paul Allen’s vision, our mission at Vulcan is to improve our planet by tackling the world’s toughest problems. We do that through scientific and technological breakthroughs, catalytic philanthropy, and inspirational experiences, motivated by Paul’s lifelong question: “What solution should exist that doesn’t?”

Our “And” is the idea of bringing together a diversity of people, ideas, disciplines, approaches…in service of Paul Allen’s agenda for a better world. Taking an unorthodox approach to assemble elements that ordinarily would not be seen together. Philanthropy and profit-seeking enterprise. Brain science and art… You see that in the work we do. You see it in our people. And, is a way of life for us.

Come and work with us if you want to embrace your ‘And’ game. Learn about a broader range of subjects than you ever thought possible. Work across a variety of disciplines, projects, problems. Experience in one day what most people would not experience in ten years in their career. A place where #onlyatvulcan is not just a clever tagline, but is something you’ll find yourself saying. Constantly.


About the role

The Associate Measurement and Evaluation Manager reports to the Senior Manager, Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and is responsible for consistent and informative measurement and evaluation of philanthropic initiatives, essential for achieving results and driving impact. Integration of MEL activities and principles is desired throughout our decision-making processes, from early strategic stages of proposal development through to grant execution and impact reporting. This position implements MEL integration by assisting program staff and partners in the co-development of theories of change/logic models, identifying performance indicators and targets, and establishing data tools for tracking and reporting project and program-level deliverables and results. S/he will work with program/project teams to synthesize key characteristics and trends across our philanthropic portfolio to inform strategic planning and priority setting, and will facilitate learning activities to drive continuous improvement. S/he will work in close cooperation with other parts of Vulcan, as well as with partners outside of Vulcan. This role is an individual contributor.


As a member of the team you will

  • Collaborate with program staff to identify evidence-base for project proposals and develop causal models (theories of change) that link project-level activities to program-level impact goals
  • Consult with program staff and grantees to ensure that investments include viable plans for tracking results and milestones, as well as clearly articulated goals that align with philanthropic impact strategy
  • Contribute to the design of new program strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact
  • Support knowledge management efforts by standardizing output and outcome metrics and building data collection/management tools for grantees and program staff
  • Design, develop and manage standard and ad-hoc performance reports for Senior Director of Philanthropy and Executive Leadership that demonstrate project/program outcomes and learnings across the philanthropic portfolio
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of Vulcan’s learning strategy, including timely learning activities by program team and grantees at key inflection points, within life cycle; synthesize and elevate findings from suite of learning activities to leadership
  • Be available to travel up to 10%


Skills and experience that we’re excited about

  • Ability to work independently and with initiative to solve unstructured problems and drive results
  • Ability to work across broad topical areas and among diverse teams, and to exercise judgement and work effectively in unclear situations with changing dynamics among stakeholders
  • Strong background in data analysis and knowledge of evaluation research design and social research methods, as well as an ability to synthesize complex information and communicate in a manner that is accessible and concise
  • Knowledge of data visualization best-practices and experience with data visualization software
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, and 2-3 years of relevant experience in applied measurement and reporting functions or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience and/or interest in environmental conservation is highly desirable, but not required


Our ideal candidate will have these characteristics

  • Commitment to supporting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at work and among our partners and grantees
  • An ability to inspire trust; ability to lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills
  • An ability to listen to others and a desire to learn, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and openness to input and feedback
  • An authentic appreciation for Vulcan’s mission to solve the world’s toughest problems
  • And last but not least, grit. Your demonstrated, sustained and exuberant passion over the long-haul equals grit. We value and celebrate it!


We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other protected class.