• Full Time
  • Denver

Website Joining Vision and Action

Action without vision is only passing time. Vision without action is merely daydreaming. But vision with action can change the world. —Nelson Mandela

Joining Vision and Action (JVA) is a Colorado-based social enterprise that works with clients across the United States. Our mission? Increasing changemakers’ ability to succeed, sustain and scale.

To do that, we help our clients assess community needs, develop strategic plans, create fund development strategies, write grant proposals, recruit the right leadership, train up everyone on the team, tell their organizations’ stories, and evaluate and measure their impact. Read more about us at joiningvisionandaction.com.

If you are an ambitious team player looking to use your superb relationship-building, communication, strategic thinking and writing skills toward community and social change, we invite you to apply to become our Evaluation and Engagement Manager. You will be joining an amazing group of passionate, smart, friendly and hard-working individuals with a singular focus: We can help our clients change the world!

Desired Results

  • Completion of projects within budget and on time, with high customer satisfaction
  • Superior customer service through one-on-one and group-based client and constituent interactions
  • Successful management of multiple projects and deadlines, with minimal supervisory input
  • Increased business opportunities through supporting JVA teams in writing proposals and responding to RFPs

Scope of Work

This position will provide client project management and serve as the project lead or co-lead/second for 8–12 clients per year, as well as focus on business development activities, with duties including but not limited to:

  • Managing JVA’s evaluation and engagement activities throughout the spectrum of our work (from planning to implementation to analysis to reporting), including:
    • Focusing on collecting and conveying quantitative and qualitative data (both skill sets preferred, although candidates possessing either quantitative or qualitative expertise will be considered). This will include:
      • Designing and implementing surveys; conducting focus groups, one-on-one interviews and other facilitated meetings with stakeholders
      • Identifying and analyzing data for key themes and points of interest using appropriate methods (e.g., inferential statistics, thematic coding)
      • Synthesizing and summarizing findings so that a variety of audiences can understand and utilize resulting implications
  • Serving as a lead or contributing member to multiple evaluation and engagement projects for nonprofit organizations, foundations, government agencies and schools. This may include:
    • Designing the evaluation/engagement process
    • Developing logic models and evaluation plans/frameworks; conducting literature reviews
    • Selecting, adapting or developing data collection tools and protocols
    • Conducting surveys, interviews, observations and focus groups
    • Analyzing data
    • Writing evaluation reports
    • Presenting findings to diverse audiences
    • Providing technical assistance and training support to current clients on evaluation activities
    • Managing the entire process
  • Leading business development efforts for the evaluation and engagement work (including helping develop new products and offerings; developing budgets and scopes for projects; assisting with writing narratives for proposals and RFP responses; strengthening relationships with ongoing/long-term clients; representing JVA at relevant conferences, fundraisers and other events)
  • Infusing diversity, equity and inclusion best practices and lenses throughout each client engagement, providing education and encouragement for their implementation both with our clients and with our team
  • Producing high-quality and comprehensive final deliverables (e.g., evaluation reports) and presentations to board members, community members or other stakeholders to support our clients’ success and increased social impact
  • Mentoring other staff and interns in areas of your expertise

A unique value proposition of JVA is the collaborative and well-rounded nature of our staff. We believe that our team is stronger when we work together and that we can serve our clients even better, and strengthen our own skills and contributions, through cross-training and participation across all of our focus areas of service. Thus, this position will also engage in other duties, as assigned, including but not limited to:

  • Contributing content for federal, state and foundation grants (i.e., writing specific sections, particularly evaluation plans)
  • Providing coaching and group training to a diverse group of clients on program design and evaluation; leading customized trainings on topics such as board development and strategy development; serving in supporting facilitation roles for JVA trainings and planning sessions, as appropriate
  • Conducting research on best practices and trends related to clients’ work; keeping abreast of trends in the field and making sure they are incorporated in our work

Key Characteristics Sought

  • A deep passion for, and commitment to, community and social change
  • Exceptional oral communication, facilitation and presentation skills, and ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences (i.e., from technical to general)
  • Deep understanding of how to effectively engage community and elevate diverse voices
  • Remarkable writing skills that include experience writing reports
  • Good understanding of the social change sector landscape, including current trends
  • Extraordinary relationship-building ability, fabulous problem-solving proficiency, and equal capability for high-level thinking and attention to detail
  • A strong sense of integrity, willingness to be responsible and accountable for work efforts and results, and a belief in ongoing learning and ability to take ownership for own development
  • A strong focus on customer service that includes an ability to nurture and grow extraordinary client relationships, to anticipate client needs and to champion our clients and their missions, including willingness to push both themselves and their clients to achieve the best product possible, problem-solving effectively when issues arise
  • A willingness to grow and adapt, including having flexibility of thought and practice; being able to “go with the flow”; proactively seeking out answers or resources when faced with the unknown, unfamiliar or unclear; being willing to seek out new and innovative ideas in service of the presenting client or project need(s)

Specific Experience and Skills Desired

  • Experience designing, conducting, analyzing and reporting on program evaluation and/or research (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Ability to manage a team and bring in new business
  • A history of developing and promoting principles and practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion, including experience welcoming, respecting and elevating diverse voices and perspectives
  • High comfort with and ability to use or learn about technology services, including proficiency with online video platforms (e.g., Zoom, Google Meet) and online sharing and collaboration systems (e.g., Google Drive, Asana)
  • Fundraising, grantwriting and/or planning experience a plus!

Position Specifications

Status: This is a full-time position (part-time considered) that will include occasional evening and weekend hours, with the ability to flex hours when evening and weekend work is required to meet client deadlines.

Location: Colorado, with ability to travel to metro Denver frequently for in-person facilitation. Outside of in-person facilitation and meetings, there is the possibility to work remotely. Given the nature of the work, access to a personal vehicle is required, as are a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary is competitive in the field and depends on experience (anticipated range is $65,000 to $80,000). Benefits include health/dental coverage with 75% employer match, three weeks of paid flex leave (going to four weeks after a year of employment), paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan with employer match after one year and 1,000 hours.

We care about this: JVA is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity and inclusiveness. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. We encourage diverse applicants, and people with lived experience.

To Apply

Hint! Apply quickly. We’ll be reviewing applications as they come in. We are seeking to bring someone on soon.

Interested? Terrific! We’re excited to hear from you. Here’s how to apply:

  1. First, write a cover letter that tells us about:
  • Why you want this job and are a great fit
  • Why you care about community and social change
  • Your formal relevant training, education and experience
  • How you meet each of the requirements under key characteristics/skills sought
  • Any relevant skills, talents, strengths and experience you have
  1. Get your resume Please be selective with your entries, focusing on your most recent and/or most relevant prior experience. Graduation dates need not be included. At the end of your resume, please also note previous successes and provide three professional references.
  2. Provide a relevant writing sample; attach to the application.
  3. Fill out our short online application, and upload your cover letter, resume and writing samples if available.
    https://form.jotform.com/211465287158966
  4. Hit “SUBMIT.”

Woohoo! You’re done. We’ll be in touch soon.

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