Program Evaluation and Learning Manager

Friday, December 17, 2021


GCIR envisions a society in which everyone thrives no matter where they were born. To make that vision a reality, we galvanize philanthropy to advance immigrant justice and belonging. As the nation’s only immigrant-focused philanthropy-mobilizing organization (PMO), we work with our more than 140 member institutions, the 1,200 individual grantmakers in our network, our partners in the field, and other philanthropic affinity groups to move money and power for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Inside Philanthropy named GCIR the 2017 Funders’ Affinity Group of the Year for the key role we played in coordinating funder pushback to anti-immigrant policies. Today, amid both continued challenges and significant opportunities for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, we are building on our 32-year history to drive short- and long-term immigrant-related philanthropic investments and advance a vision for a just, equitable, and inclusive society for all.

Our work in the philanthropic sector is grounded in the following values:

Justice: We are committed to racial, social, and economic justice.

Belonging: We believe that belonging is essential to building strong communities and a healthy democracy.

Humanity: We believe that everyone is connected by our shared humanity.

Courage: We believe that taking risks is imperative to achieve a just and equitable society.

Solidarity: We are united with other movements and communities in the pursuit of civil and human rights.

The GCIR staff comes from all walks of life, many of us with immigrant and refugee backgrounds and some of us with non-traditional career paths. We have an office in the San Francisco Bay Area and remote staff in Washington state, New York, Boston, and the Washington, D.C. metro area. GCIR members are local, state, regional, and national foundations who transcend issue area, geographic region, and strategy. For more information, visit


The Programs Manager plays a critical role in evaluation and learning, information resources, and additional responsibilities as they arise. The full-time, exempt position reports to the Vice President of Programs and interfaces regularly with the Programs Team. Specific duties and responsibilities will include the following:

Programs Evaluation and Learning (~60%)

  • Provide leadership in our program evaluation and learning work grounded in GCIR’s vision, values, and theory of change
  • Manage the evaluation and measuring of outcomes for GCIR programs, grantmaking, and special projects, ensuring that GCIR’s work is achieving desired goals and objectives 
  • Design innovative measurement strategies for qualitative information and other hard-to-quantify concepts
  • Track information and outcomes, producing reporting as needed 
  • Make recommendations on adjustments in programs, grantmaking, and special projects, based on lessons learned from analyzing data points 
  • Develop and oversee the evaluation and learning framework and related processes in coordination with the Vice President of Programs, including updating the framework at regular intervals to reflect new priorities or areas of work
  • Communicate with funders as needed, including seeking feedback and synthesizing lessons learned
  • Working closely with the development team to ensure information is available for reports and proposals
  • Contribute to a culture of learning and well-being

Information Resources (~30%)

  • Support the Programs Team in the development of information resources for members, other funders, and external stakeholders
  • Monitor immigration news, policies, trends, and statistics and prepare concise updates for funders
  • Compile, analyze, and summarize data from the field to identify funding needs and gaps
  • Assist with developing information resources for funders, including presentations, fact sheets, infographics, issue briefs, and funding recommendations, based on secondary research and other existing sources

Additional Responsibilities (~10%)

  • Assist with Programs Team needs/projects as they arise
  • Assist with general organizational needs/projects as they arise


Required Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 7-9 years of experience in evaluation, preferably in the immigrant or refugee justice movement, a social justice organization, or philanthropic mobilizing organization
  • Proficiency in data collection and evaluation methods to generate programmatic approaches that are strategic
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative methodologies, such as surveys, focus groups, participatory research, optimizing data collection through SalesForce or other platforms, etc.
  • Ability to communicate with wide range of audiences, and present data, including abstract concepts, clearly and concisely in an engaging way
  • Agility and ability to quickly course correct in changing and complicated political environments and communities
  • Ability to effectively resolve problems and exercise informed judgment that balances multiple needs, priorities, and interests
  • Openness to both giving and receiving feedback from colleagues and to being part of collaborative and iterative processes

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred but not required for candidates with desired evaluation experience
  • Familiarity and comfort with the unique dynamics in philanthropy, and an understanding of how GCIR’s intermediary role can create opportunities to advance a progressive agenda in the sector
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar database for tracking data points
  • Familiarity with grant application and reporting processes
  • Experience working with a remote supervisor

Desired Characteristics

  • A sincere commitment to working collaboratively with GCIR staff, partner organizations, funders, and other stakeholders
  • A natural sense of curiosity, good sense of humor, desire to work as part of a dynamic team, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-shifting environment
  • Knowledge of and/or commitment to social justice issues
  • Interest in the immigrant/refugee rights field is important


GCIR is a virtual organization with team members across the country. While the majority of the staff operate in the San Francisco Bay Area region, we also have four staff members who work in other parts of the country. Candidates based in locations across the United States are invited to apply. 


The salary range is $80,000 to $95,000, based on experience, as well as level of education and training. GCIR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid health insurance, 401(k) contribution, generous vacation, mental health days, and sick time, one week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, support for professional development, and an employee matching-gifts program.


GCIR is committed to building and retaining a talented, diverse, and inclusive team. Our team members represent diverse backgrounds, bring a wide range of educational, professional, and lived experiences, and contribute expertise from varied disciplines within the philanthropic, nonprofit, public, and corporate sectors. We welcome candidates of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, those from immigrant and refugee backgrounds, differently-abled people, formerly incarcerated people, and people of any and all historically marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to GCIR’s recruiting consultant, Linda Nguyen, at [email protected]. This position will remain open until the right candidate has been identified; however, for priority consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit materials by January 21, 2022. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this role and how your experience and skills are relevant. No phone calls or email inquiries please

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