Measurement & Evaluation Officer

Science & Technology Partnerships Seattle, Washington


Position at Vulcan

Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. is hiring a Measurement & Evaluation Officer to work in our Program and Grants Management department.  We seek someone for this position who is excited to contribute their measurement and evaluation expertise to an organization dedicated to making a difference and tackling some of the world’s hardest problems.

About Vulcan:

Vulcan was founded in 1986 by Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen with a mission to make and leave the world a better place. We work with partners to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges facing oceans, climate, conservation, and communities. Whether global or local, our work for good is financed by our thoughtful investing and innovative development.

Vulcan believes in recognizing and including all voices.  From internal initiatives to the communities and causes we support, we're on a mission to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of everything we do. We are actively investigating and applying best practices in equity and inclusion to our recruiting, hiring, retention and benefits programs.  We know that creating a vibrant, diverse culture is essential to achieving our goals of improving the world through sustainable real estate development and strategic capital investments that help fuel social and environmental impact in ocean health, wildlife conservation, combatting climate change and supporting vibrant communities.

Position Summary:


The Program and Grants Management team at Vulcan acts in an advisory capacity to both Vulcan’s Science and Technology Partnerships department as well as the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (PGAFF).  Integration of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities and principles is desired throughout the decision-making processes for both PGAFF and Vulcan, from early strategic stages of partnership evaluation, ideation, project execution and impact reporting.


The Measurement and Evaluation Officer reports to the Senior Manager, Program and Grants Management and is responsible for consistent and informative measurement and evaluation of partnerships, initiatives, and grants, essential for achieving results and driving impact, with an emphasis in science and technology. The successful candidate will implement MEL integration by assisting program staff and partners in the co-development of ideas, theories of change/logic models, identifying performance indicators and targets, and establishing data tools for tracking and reporting key indicators, deliverables and results. S/he/they will primarily work with the Science, Technology, and Partnership team to synthesize key characteristics and trends across the portfolio to inform strategic planning and priority setting and will facilitate learning activities to drive continuous improvement. This role is an individual contributor.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Collaborate with program staff to identify MEL strategies and approaches for ideation through to project proposals and develop causal models (theories of change) that link project-level activities to program-level impact goals.
  • Consult with program staff and partners 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 strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
  • Support knowledge management efforts by building data collection/management tools for grantees and program staff.
  • Design, develop and manage standard and ad-hoc reports for leadership that demonstrate partnership/project/program outcomes and learnings across the PGAFF philanthropic portfolio. Contribute to the design and implementation of the organization’s continuous improvement and adaptive management approach, including timely learning activities at key inflection points, within life cycle; synthesize and elevate findings from suite of learning activities to leadership.
  • Collaborate with grants management staff to effectively steward proposals and grants through the grantmaking cycle and provide support as needed.
  • Collaborate with program staff to effectively develop ideas, projects, and proposals to incorporate measurement, evaluation, and learning.


Knowledge, experience, skill, and/or capability:


  • 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.
  • Experience in/understanding of environmental conservation, conservation technology or applied science strongly preferred.
  • Strong background in general evaluation frameworks and principles.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to identify pain points and actively seeks opportunities to problem solve.
  • An ability to inspire trust; ability to lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to supporting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at work and among our partners and grantees.
  • An ability to listen to others and a desire to learn, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and openness to input and feedback.




Bachelor’s Degree required, and 4-5 years of relevant experience in applied measurement and reporting functions or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.


Experience and/or interest in environmental conservation, conservation technology for impact, or applied science for conservation.

Special remarks regarding work environment:


  • Travel estimated to be 10% or less.
  • Vulcan Inc. is a dynamic work environment. Individual will be expected to be flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Must be team-oriented and able to work in a close-knit environment.
  • Individual must share a passion and commitment to the values and mission of Vulcan Inc.



Your characteristics include:

  • Innovation, collaboration and trustworthiness with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • An authentic appreciation for Vulcan’s mission to solve the world’s toughest problems
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in an evolving, dynamic environment.
  • A sense of humor and an appreciation for sharing in success with teammates.
  • A keen emotional intelligence quotient and a contained eg
  • Demonstrated honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments.


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.