Evaluation and Learning Officer

North Santa Barbara County, Mid Santa Barbara County, South Santa Barbara County
Full Time
Santa Barbara Foundation

We are seeking an Evaluation and Learning Officer to join our Evaluation and Learning team as part of our Programs department. This position reports directly to our Director of Evaluation and Learning and is based in  Santa Barbara County. The Evaluation and Learning team serves the entire Foundation, across departments and teams. This is not a management position.

All applicants must submit a professional resume, cover letter and completed copy of our employment application, in order to be considered.  


This is a professional full-time position with prior experience requirements.  

Please review our Job Description below, before applying 

The Evaluation and Learning Officer will support evaluation, research, education, and policy initiatives across the organization. The Officer will possess specialized skills in data analysis, monitoring and evaluation methodologies, and program assessment.  In regard to policy, the Officer will focus on monitoring and analyzing issues relevant to the Foundation’s vision, mission, strategic priorities, and organizational values. While this position reports to the Director of Evaluation and Learning, the Officer collaborates with other members of the Programs Department as well as other relevant roles.  


Specific Responsibilities: 


  • In coordination with Director, implement best practices in the areas of evaluation and learning. 
  • Support data collection, analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and visualization including creating and maintaining data dashboards.  
  • Produce high-quality report preparation, capturing results of key activities and indicators to ensure that information is complete and verified for timely submission. 
  • In collaboration with the Director, monitor, track, and visualize metrics for SBF Strategic Plan implementation. 
  • Maintain subject matter expertise in emerging evaluation strategies.  
  • Support the development and implementation of culturally competent, sensitive, and responsive evaluation standards and procedures. 

Research and Learning 

  • Review, analyze, and synthesize recent research in SBF’s strategic priority areas (behavioral health and healthcare, food, shelter and safety, digital equity, health equity, childcare, nonprofit sector) and other fields relevant to SBF’s work. 
  • Help maintain up to date data collection and visualization for community indicators. 
  • Collaborate in grant proposal development and writing, including conducting background research and conceptualizing evaluation work plans and Results Based Accountability (RBA) Models. 
  • Make presentations to relevant stakeholders, including staff, board, nonprofits, and community leaders, on areas of SBF’s work.  


  • Annually update the policy agenda in collaboration with the Director of Evaluation and Learning, VP of Programs, and the President and CEO.  
  • Conduct timely analysis and maintain on-going monitoring of relevant proposed and enacted legislation and regulations on the city, county, state, and federal levels. 
  • Monitor city and county meetings, and State Budget legislation. 
  • Identify new and emerging policy priorities that impact the Foundation’s strategic priorities, and business operations.  
  • Produce high-quality policy documents (e.g., policy statements, articles, testimony, memos of support or opposition, etc.) that are well researched, strategic, and well written. 
  • Identify and make recommendations to engage key legislators and staff. 


  • Participate in staff and departmental meetings.  
  • Keep Outlook calendar updated per SBF standard.  
  • Other duties as assigned.


Essential Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science (Sociology, Political Science, etc.), Policy/Public Administration, Evaluation, or related degree required; significant related experience may substitute for higher degree.  
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in a similar role.  
  • Master’s Degree in relevant area, a plus.  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerBI.  
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Possess specialized skills in data analysis, monitoring and evaluation methodologies, and program assessment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to distill complicated information for a variety of audiences and purposes.  
  • Willingness to take constructive feedback within a learning environment with the intent of continuing to grow. 
  • Comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations to various stakeholders. 
  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to work independently, take initiative and participate as an effective team member.  
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail: ability to prioritize and work effectively, follow tasks through to completion, and disciplined in managing time to ensure success. 
  • Ability to conduct independent research.  
  • Ability to solve complex problems using in-house tools.  
  • Experience working in a diverse and fast-paced environment.  
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.  


Work Environment:  

  • General office environment; may be in an open office area or shared office space.  
  • Dogs (pets) intermittently on the premises, weekly. See our Pet Policy for more information.  
  • Telecommuting option – must provide own modem, router, and internet connection.  
  • Significant telephone and computer work (repetitive movement – typing).  
  • Some driving travel within the county and occasional travel outside of the county (via car or plane).  
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending and occasional lifting/pushing of light to heavy loads (10lbs. to more than 50 lbs.) 


At SBF, we value wellness and offer a very generous benefits package, including: up to 15 days of PTO in the first year of employment, 14 holidays, sick time, 401K with 4% matching in the first year and an additional 6% of profit sharing after one-year anniversary, fully paid medical and ancillary benefits and more! 

This exempt, full-time role is compensated annually at $68,000-$77,000 annually, depending on skills and experience. 

All applicants are required to submit an employment application, a resume and cover letter to hr@sbfoundation.org.



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