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Director of Foundation Engagement

Job ID 738-4

Mathematica seeks a Director of Foundation Engagement to help us continue to grow the company’s portfolio of work for diverse foundation clients. Mathematica seeks to help foundations and their implementing partners improve social well-being by creating and making use of relevant evidence. The Director of Foundation Engagement will work with foundations and their partners to explore ways to refine their strategies through investments in measurement, evaluation, and learning. We are especially looking for professionals experienced in working at or with foundations on projects that inform the decisions of foundation staff, grantees, other implementing partners, policymakers, and practitioners. The ideal candidate will have substantive expertise working in the U.S. on initiatives involving education, early childhood, youth, and/or employment programs and issues; have experience working on measurement, evaluation, and learning activities that inform foundation strategies; and some familiarity with quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.

Candidates should have strong analytic skills, as well as ability to write and present findings to funders, policymakers, and other audiences.

Candidates should enjoy working in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, critical thinking, teamwork, and professional development. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. We prefer candidates who are able to work out of our Seattle, WA office, but will consider those who could work from another Mathematica location.


  • Collaborate in the development of strategic planning and the execution of related business and project development activities for Mathematica’s work with foundations, especially in domestic human service areas including education, early childhood, youth, and employment programs.

  • Contribute to the growth and development of Mathematica's Foundation work, including helping to identify new opportunities and cultivating relationships with foundation staff.

  • Liaise with clients to understand their needs and constraints

  • Help develop the capacity in measurement, evaluation, and learning within Mathematica and among our partners, foundations, and their grantees.

  • Mentor junior researchers to develop their relevant skills and understanding of foundation needs.

  • Contribute to the design of foundation projects in a variety of environments

  • Contribute to project reports and papers, and present findings to funders and other stakeholders and at research conferences

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, sociology, psychology, economics or a related social science is preferred
  • Proven capability in strategic planning and project development, including successfully developing and leading new areas of work and managing teams to perform that work
  • Ten or more years of proven leadership in or with foundations, ideally including work on U.S. education, early childhood, youth, and/or employment programs.
  • Experience providing technical assistance on measurement, evaluation, and learning activities, including facilitating the development of program logic models and theories of change, selection of key indicators for monitoring and evaluation, and identification of opportunities for evaluation
  • Experience leading or guiding teams to produce high-quality deliverables that meet clients’ needs on time and within budget
  • Experience working closely with local stakeholders, implementers, and local data collection firms, and collaborating and communicating effectively with a wide range of professionals and cultures
  • Highly motivated and self-directed, with strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to convey complex technical issues to a broad and diverse audience

Company overview

Mathematica is an internationally recognized nonpartisan research organization that conducts social policy studies in the areas of education, child development, youth, employment, family support, nutrition, health and related topics in the United States and in developing countries. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for funders.  We have led many projects for foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Casey Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

We offer our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership. Mathematica is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As part of that commitment, we strongly encourage applications by researchers of all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary expectations at time of application. 

Available Locations: Seattle, WA; Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Ann Arbor, MI

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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