Vulcan is hiring a

Measurement and Evaluation Officer

Seattle, United States

Vulcan Inc. is a nimble private company based in Seattle, Washington working to solve some of the biggest global issues. The projects and investments we pursue are inspired by the ideas of our founder Paul G. Allen and tethered to a simple principle; we use data to inform our efforts and seek out opportunities that can make a positive impact—and share what we learn.

Vulcan supports innovative approaches that can save endangered species, address climate change, improve ocean health, explore new frontiers, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. Brain science and basketball, community space and outer space, art and artificial intelligence—at Vulcan, we strive to answer big questions asked by our founder, and by the world. If we can understand the mysterious organ, the brain, we can pave the way towards understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s. If we can change the economics of space launches, we can change space travel and exploration. If we can get the formula right for a new kind of downtown neighborhood, it becomes a guide for the innovation centers of tomorrow.

With a local focus and a global reach, Vulcan’s programs, projects and initiatives bring together industry leaders collaborating across disciplines to discover and develop smart, data-driven solutions and create inspiring experiences that help us tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges.




As Measurement and Evaluation Officer, the candidate reports to the Director, Business Operations and is responsible for consistent and informative measurement and evaluation of Paul Allen’s philanthropic impacts, essential for accountability and learning. The current portfolio is diverse with varying capacities and data needs. Integration of principles for measurement, evaluation and learning (MEL) is desired throughout our decision making processes from early stages of proposal development through to execution and impact reporting. Our MEL approach is concerned not only with tracking project management and results reporting from single projects, but also synthesis of key characteristics and trends across our portfolio to inform strategic planning and priority setting. S/he will work in close cooperation with other parts of Vulcan, especially Aerospace, Communications, Government Affairs, Productions and Technology, as well as with partners outside of Vulcan.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Conduct business intelligence and other targeted research assignments.
  • Design and execute trend analyses and reports.
  • Provide input and review to written reports and other communication materials.
  • Translates high level guidance and decisions into high quality initiative development.
  • Provides high quality input, combining strategic level understanding with tactical level expertise.
  • Sets and monitors goals with commitments to deadlines and performance measures that achieve the anticipated outcomes.
  • Demonstrates honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments.

Knowledge, experience, skill, and/or ability


  • Demonstrated ability to process complex information and present ideas in a pragmatic, compelling manner.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated success in effectively interacting and communicating with executive management.
  • An ability to inspire trust; a proven ability to lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to move from ideas to action.
  • Proven track record in fast-paced environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills effective with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Ability to represent an organization before many audiences and in a wide range of situations.
  • An ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and openness to input and feedback.
  • Works effectively and constructively with other parts of an organization in a way that leverages capabilities to achieve maximum impact.
  • Listen to others and learn from their best ideas, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and openness to input and feedback.

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)     


  • Masters level degree in Evaluation, Statistics, Economics, or other quantitative field from accredited institution and five-plus years’ relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • Travel estimated to be 10%


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