Director, Learning, Evaluation, Engagement

The Director, Learning, Evaluation, Engagement is an integral part of our management team. The Director creates and leads select initiatives, champions evaluation and encourages learning, leads one or more existing programs and, along with the management team, supports business development and board relations activities for NAS. The Director works with partners, funders, program participants, and other stakeholders to understand their needs, ensure effective programs and participant learning and engagement. The Director serves as a representative of NAS to external stakeholders.

This post reports to the President & CEO. This position works closely with all members of the NAS team to identify opportunities, develop programmatic and funding initiatives, and sustain partnerships that further our mission, extend or deepen our program reach and improve our understanding of the effectiveness of programs and services. Functionality of the post includes, but may not be limited to:

Learning, engagement and evaluation strategy

  • In partnership with the management team, develop and refine the vision, principles, strategy, frameworks, and structures for learning and evaluation and alumni engagement;
  • Stay abreast of and contribute to effective learning and evaluation practices in the broader field;
  • Partner with team and board to identify, strategize, and pursue opportunities to share learning and evaluation findings publicly, for the benefit of alumni, partners and the broader fields in which we work;
  • Lead the team to develop hypotheses, learning questions, and indicators and metrics for programs and initiatives;
  • Work with Program Leads to identify priorities for in-depth learning and evaluation at the grant, field, or Foundation level; partner on the development of strategies, approaches, and plans for learning/evaluation;
  • Support program teams to ensure that learning and evaluation results are considered and integrated into ongoing efforts as well as future strategy and program planning;
  • Identify and cultivate partnerships that advance field-wide impact.

Systems and capacity building

  • Build the capacity of the team and program participants through a range of approaches, which may include individual and group training, outside workshops, consultations; and create and support internal structures and systems for cross-program sharing; and develop specific tools and technology supports that grow the culture of learning;
  • Work with Leadership Council on annual investigations and commission robust research around an annual issue to generate new thought-leadership for the Council and for the field at large.

Program Leadership

  • Lead the Executive Program for Arts & Culture Strategy;
  • Lead select custom programs as needed.

Board Engagement

  • Help NAS sustain its excellent board relationships including but not limited to engaging individual board members, creating dynamic meeting presentations with the management team and other communications, as needed.

Supervisory Requirements

The Director is responsible for supervising the two managers and any consultants or contractors working in the assigned engagement, evaluation and program areas.


  • Seven or more years of experience within high impact, data-driven organizations.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in program development, evaluation, and adult learning.
  • An organizational learning and effectiveness orientation, with a track record of developing and implementing processes that advance rigor and learning across an organization or team.
  • Experience working collaboratively with others across an organization.
  • Demonstrated capacity of translating ideas into action.
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to distill and explain complex concepts.
  • A personal style characterized by humility, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity and a team orientation; must be a self-starter who is largely self-sufficient in terms of administrative support.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications.
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or similar CRM applications.
  • An advanced degree is preferred.

Organizational Culture and Benefits

Each staff member is expected to be a team player, self-motivated, and committed to an atmosphere of respectful, honest, and open communication. The work environment is one of high energy, high activity, and mutual support. NAS provides opportunities for learning and professional development, and a gratifying work experience.

Salary range is $80,000 to $100,000 depending on experience plus benefits which include health insurance and retirement benefits, sick/vacation leave, ongoing professional development, and flexible work hours.

NAS is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates in all of its searches.


To apply

Please send in a single PDF labeled with your first and last name to

  • A cover letter explaining why you’re interested in the job and working with our team
  • A resume listing relevant skills and experience
  • A list of three references, complete with phone number and email address. References will not be contacted without your prior consent

Only complete applications will be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Only final candidates will be contacted. Deadline to apply: May 3, 2019.