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Director of Evaluation

Reporting to and in partnership with the President & CEO, the Director of Evaluation is responsible for NDN Collective’s monitoring, evaluation, and research components. The Director of Evaluation will contribute to NDN Collective’s information management by advising on the planning, design, and strengthening of program evaluation systems throughout the organization.

About the Position

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Director of Evaluation

Application Deadline:
Rolling basis until position is filled

Rapid City, SD/Virtual

Reporting to and in partnership with the President & CEO, the Director of Evaluation is responsible for NDN Collective’s monitoring, evaluation, and research components. The Director of Evaluation will contribute to NDN Collective’s information management by advising on the planning, design, and strengthening of program evaluation systems throughout the organization.

Who We Are

NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy. We are creating a paradigm change in how society invests in Indigenous Peoples by dramatically scaling up investment and shifting decision-making power to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:

  1. We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants by 2020.
  2. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution to move $100M of for-profit investment into projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
  3. We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital.
  4. We are advocating for Indigenous rights and policy changes that will enable our peoples and communities to thrive.

What Sets us Apart

  • We represent the people we serve—we are Indigenous-led and support Indigenous people and organizations
  • We think in systems and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things
  • We are changemakers that have and model a mindset of abundance
  • We believe in the power of Indigenous self-determination to create a just, equitable world for all people and the planet
  • We integrate culture and ceremony into our work
  • We acknowledge and pay respects to our elders and past while taking ownership and control of our future

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set-up and maintain a comprehensive and effective electronic evaluation database and physical files for all program areas.
  • Develop monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets and a plan to evaluate performance, and produce timely accurate and complete reporting.
  • Provide routine analysis of program data to enable staff and management to monitor program performance and strengthen implementation and collect/collate and analyze performance indicator data.
  • Coordinate quarterly, semi-annual, and annual data analysis and reporting for all the program indicators.
  • Maintain up-to-date accurate source documents for all program indicators.
  • Synthesize and analyze data for summary and program reports on evaluation findings, lead periodic review sessions to present and discuss the data and use it to inform programming.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the evaluation data collection, data entry, data analysis and reporting, and supervise the evaluation team.
  • Produce a variety of written documents, presentations and visual representations of data for different audiences.
  • Assist program teams to identify performance indicators which will demonstrate project outputs, outcomes and impact.
  • Assist with evaluations and assessments including leading some program evaluations.
  • Review and improve the evaluation system in close collaboration with the program team.
  • Monitor implementation of the program to support effective use of resources in consultation with the senior management team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience in designing evaluation plans in accordance with available budgets and resources, developing and applying evaluation process tools, data collection and analysis.
  • Experience in knowledge management, data analysis, project design, proposal writing, project implementation, budgeting, reporting and dissemination of research findings.
  • Demonstrated experience managing data using computer systems: MS Word, MS Excel, Statistical Software.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Advanced skills in monitoring, evaluation, and learning methods. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in evaluation programs, along with policy change.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, good judgment, demonstrated team leadership and problem-solving abilities.
  • Good at multi-tasking under tight deadlines.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. You have a proven track record of successfully building or sustaining a nonprofit fundraising operation.
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations. You learn from your successes and failures and improve processes to drive our fundraising.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations. You have experience using this strength in securing funds for nonprofits.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: You are ambitious and creative and enjoy the process of building something from the ground up. You are excited by the opportunity to come in and have a heavy hand in shaping our development operations. 
  • SOCIALLY & EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT: You are able to work efficiently and respectfully with others. You understand how individuals, groups, and societies work and you build rapport through being trustworthy and empathetic. 
  • DETAIL ORIENTED: You strive for perfection and are able to move from the high level of a project to its smallest details. 
  • FLEXIBLE: You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are flexible when it is necessary. You are willing to travel when needed.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.

How To Apply

Send an email to with the subject line “Director of Evaluation – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

  • As a single PDF attachment, include:
    • Your resume
    • Single page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position.
    • Short answers to the following three questions:
      • What is your philosophy of evaluation
      • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
      • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

In the body of the email, please copy and paste the content of your short answers and include your name, phone number, and email address.

As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

NDN Collective is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination.  It is NDN Collective’s policy to comply with all federal, state, tribal and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, NDN Collective is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any NDN Collective supervisor, co-worker, vendor or client.

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