At Martha’s Table, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity for his or her brightest future and a family and community deeply committed to their success. We believe in the power of community – a strong community. For over 38 years, we have offered a continuum of support — through which we offer access to healthy food and quality education — to strengthen the lives of children and their families, and build stronger, healthier communities.
Martha’s Table seeks a Director of Strategy and Evaluation to lead us through a critical period of learning, engagement, and strategic planning as we move our headquarters to Ward 8 and undertake our greatest period of change and learning as an organization. Martha’s Table seeks a dynamic leader who can help lead the learning effort to understand how we can best support the Ward 8 community and how that should translate into our future strategy and current programmatic offerings. We are looking for someone who has demonstrated experience in leading an organization through a structured learning process and is passionate about integrating all forms of data with strategic planning. Our work requires a deep partnership with leaders and members of the community we serve, so this leader will also need to have a demonstrated passion for and proven ability to authentically engage communities. The Director is expected to be a cross-organization leader who can work effectively with our diverse audiences including the Ward 8 community, Martha’s Table staff, funders, Board of Directors and more. The Director reports to the CAO. The Assistant Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Research for Education and the Assistant Director of Learning, Evaluation and Research for Healthy Eating report to the Director.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Design a learning and data framework based on sound research principles that will guide our organizational learning agenda and inform our next Strategic Plan.
Lead Martha’s Table’s learning agenda focused on Ward 8 effort in partnership with the CAO and CPO.
Work closely with the community development team to determine how to ensure our research work is integrated with the community, that we are effectively partnering with the community as we gather data, and that we are sharing our learnings with the community as we go.
Supervise Learning, Evaluation and Research team members, and ensure meaningful partnership with program teams to apply best practices of learning, research, and data collection at all stages of program development and implementation at Martha’s Table. Bring research, analytical, and quality assurance expertise to help inform all of our learning efforts.
Partner closely with our leadership and our staff to build a culture of learning -- where each staff member is a part of the learning and data collection process, where data drives decision making, and where proactive learning is incorporated into daily activity at Martha’s Table.
Develop creative ways to share our learnings with both internal and external constituents: staff, Board of Directors, the Ward 8, community members, partners, etc.
Partner closely and align efforts with critical partners, specifically Georgetown University’s Office of the President, the Commons Impact Council and the Urban Institute.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field required. Master’s Degree in related field preferred.
Commitment to Martha’s Table’s mission and values.
Strong understanding of quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies, and a demonstrated ability to deploy these methods in applied settings.
Demonstrated ability to lead and support others to collect, assess, analyze and make programmatic changes based on critical data.
Demonstrated ability to lead and influence in a fast-paced, cross-functional organization.
Demonstrated ability to lead complex learning and planning processes.
Experience directly managing a small team and working closely with senior management across the organization
Strong understanding of opportunities and challenges facing urban communities.
Leadership experience in multicultural environments serving vulnerable or underserved populations.
Excellent communications skills (oral and written) with a diverse set of audiences – including funders and other external constituents
Demonstrated ability to lead authentic community engagement efforts.
Experience working in Ward 8 or familiarity with communities in Ward 8
Proficiency in multiple software applications including most Microsoft Office products.
Experience navigating Excel and Google drive.
Experience with Efforts to Outcomes, a comprehensive outcomes and case management tool that Martha’s Table uses across programs to track outputs, outcomes, and ensure compliance with regulations.