Troy, MI

Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer, The Kresge Foundation

The Organization
The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit’s largest private, national foundation, with more than $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America’s cities for low-income people. We do this through grant making and social investing nationally in arts & culture, education, environment, health, human services, as well as community development in Detroit. The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters is located in Metro Detroit.  The modern LEED Platinum facility is anchored by a 19th century farmhouse and a new expansion that houses both a cafeteria and a convening center. Kresge also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.

The Kresge Foundation offers a competitive total compensation package including health, employer-paid dental and vision, basic life insurance, short- and long-term disability, generous paid time off, and an attractive 401k plan with employer match and a 10% employer contribution.  We also provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily for a nominal charge, robust professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.  Kresge promotes and supports a healthy and green work environment and encourages intellectual curiosity as we embrace and live out our values of creativity, respect, opportunity, partnership, and stewardship.

Position Overview
The Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer will lead and support a host of activities that address strategic learning and evaluation needs for Program staff and the Foundation at-large. The Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer reports to and works closely with the Director of Strategic Learning, Research, and Evaluation to support a culture of learning and continuous growth, connect data and insights with decision-making, and improve overall effectiveness. The Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer will work closely with the Program Department and Social Investment Practice staff on a wide range of strategic learning and evaluation efforts.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Assess Program strategies and learning activities and develop insights from evaluative activities. Assist program teams in refining their theories of change, reassessing their priorities, and refreshing their goals and objectives based on what is being learned.
  • Build and maintain relationships with skilled, diverse external consultants who support commissioned evaluation, ensuring that efforts meet or exceed standards for accountability and learning.
  • Supporting accountability, learning, and decision-making by collaborating with Program Operations and Information Management staff to draw on the full suite of data and analytics tools available.
  • Support ongoing multidisciplinary strategic learning efforts and training that fosters evaluative thinking.
  • Contribute thought partnership as foundation builds out its growing learning and evaluation function.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in community development, community change, urban planning, or a related field. Experience using qualitative, quantitative, and/or emerging methods.
  • Experience working collaboratively across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.
  • Experience working with foundations, knowledge of or experience with one or more of the foundation’s Program areas desired.


  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to chart one’s own direction collaboratively.
  • Effective time management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment.


  • Takes a learning stance.
  • Commitment to the Foundation’s vision and its five values (stewardship, respect, creativity, partnership and opportunity) with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions. Commitment to expanding opportunity to low-income people.

How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and updated resume by September 2, 2016 to

The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.

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