Closing date: Monday 29th November 2021

About the Paul Ramsay Foundation
Paul Ramsay was a visionary business leader who left Australia a remarkable legacy. Through his generous bequest, the Paul Ramsay Foundation continues his philanthropic legacy through a shared commitment to help break cycles of disadvantage in Australia.

Our talented team bring to this challenge their diverse perspectives and experience. We are anthropologists and educators, lawyers and economists, epidemiologists and entrepreneurs, political scientists and historians, psychologists and business analysts, journalists and administrators, philosophers and artists –all guided by our values of respect for people, curiosity, loyalty, courage and innovation. Diversity & inclusion, wellness, culture and learning are all important to us. 

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About the Evaluation Team
At the beginning of 2021, the Foundation established its Evaluation function, recognizing the importance of investing in its evaluation capacity to be able to rigorously monitor, assess and learn from its myriad partnerships. A high-level evaluation framework has been established and we are now looking to significantly expand the evaluation team starting with a seasoned professional to take on the role of Head, Evaluation as part of the foundation’s senior leadership team.

The Head/Lead, Evaluation will be responsible for leading a team that is responsible for assessments, reviews and evaluations of the foundation’s various partnerships (grants and impact investments) at both a project- and portfolio-level and drives communication (internal and external) of insights and learnings from evaluations.

We intend to interview on a rolling basis with the intent of identifying a preferred candidate by end of year.

Key Responsibilities


  • Develop, and regularly refine, a foundation-wide evaluation strategy, including by various portfolio areas
  • Collaborate closely with the Insights and Evidence team to develop an integrated foundation-wide measurement strategy
  • Adapt evaluation design and frameworks as analysis and research around cycles of disadvantage advance foundation strategy

Planning and design

  • Work closely with the Development team to set outcome goals, monitoring indicators and evaluation plans for new partnerships
  • Collaborate with partners, grant managers and specialist evaluation consultants to oversee reporting and monitoring, as well as to design and run partnership reviews and evaluations


  • Oversee impact measurement and outcomes analysis relating to foundation partnerships, grants, and impact investments
  • Build capacity of internal teams to carry out rigorous partnership reviews and ongoing monitoring of progress
  • Design and execute portfolio-level reviews for various collections of projects characterised by shared themes
  • Provide technical input in the development of monitoring and reporting plans (data collection methods, survey instruments, data management, analysis) in collaboration with other analysts and managers
  • Engage and manage external providers for evaluation projects, including critical review of findings

Documentation and dissemination

  • Document emerging insights, lessons learned and best practices to strengthen foundation practices regarding outcomes and impact
  • Produce reports and analysis to disseminate knowledge for public benefit and to inform internal strategy and practice
  • Support development and completion of impact reporting for the foundation
  • Ensure the high quality, rigour, timeliness and targeted dissemination of evaluation outputs internally and externally.

Skills and Experience

  • Advanced expertise using a variety of qualitative and quantitative evaluation tools, methods and frameworks to generate insights and impact
  • 10+ years of experience in relevant evaluation contexts
  • A demonstrated understanding of evaluation in a foundation context
  • Understanding and appreciation of ‘socially inclusive’ approaches to evaluation, such as First Nations knowledge and GEDSI strategies
  • Content knowledge in domains relevant to poverty and disadvantage; preferred experience in areas of employment, criminal justice, education and training, housing, early childhood development and/or community development
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to deliver across multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong team management skills, including overseeing highly skilled direct reports as well as cultivating highly efficient working relationships across multiple internal teams
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, including the ability to present to Executive and Board committees, as well as to represent PRF externally at relevant fora
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Highly organised and methodical with strong attention to detail and process
  • Comfortable working in ambiguous, complex and agile environments
  • Highly resourceful and motivated, able to take initiative and collaborate effectively
  • Self-starter with a “roll up the sleeves” attitude in independent and team work

What we offer:

We are committed to offering and supporting development and employment opportunities to help people excel and build a meaningful career. We offer generous learning and development opportunities as well as flexi time, access to employee benefits, employment assistance program (EAP) and education assistance.

We promote diversity in the workplace and have a culture that is inclusive, respectful and embraces the unique skills and qualities of all people.

Details of how to apply:

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