Director of Learning

Waverley Street Foundation (WSF) builds and supports solutions at the intersection of climate change and community priorities, focusing on efforts and initiatives that  draw connections between urgent local and community-based issues—including  housing, transportation, food security, and more—and the health of our planet. The Foundation is especially eager to partner with communities that are already enduring severe impacts of climate change and that deserve a central place in  solutions. WSF prioritizes representation, diversity, equity, and inclusion in all  facets of its work. 

Unlike most philanthropies, WSF will spend down its assets—approx $3Billion— over the next 10-15 years, a decision that empowers it to support not only sensible and pragmatic solutions but also daring bets and breakthroughs that can alter the trajectory of the climate crisis and unlock a new and better future for humanity. 

WSF strives to do things differently, and be entrepreneurial and innovative in our grantmaking approach.  As we take on the task of addressing global climate change, we are adopting a campaign mindset where we look to empower people and communities to ensure that their governments adopt and implement climate friendly policies. Starting with some of the highest emitting nations, the goal is to demonstrate the collective will of humanity to reside on a livable planet, and to develop momentum for climate improvements across the globe that results in a global transition to clean energy sources and sustainable living.  

WSF does its work in deep collaboration with field experts and advisors, as it is essential that the Foundation’s strategy is developed not in conference rooms but out in the world, informed by the lived experiences and  innovative ideas of the people most directly impacted by the problems the foundation seeks to address. Specifically, WSF convenes experts from a variety of disciplines who are close to communities – their experiences, and their solutions. 


The Director of Learning reports to the Managing Director and Chief of Staff(MD/CoS). In your role, be responsible for leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive impact and learning strategy for WSF. You will work with the MD/CoS to ensure that WSF’s campaign and grantmaking strategies are developed and implemented using evidence and learning frameworks to maximize its impact. You will produce evidence that can be used in a timely manner by the WSF team to support and refine our campaign strategy.  


Click here for more information or to apply. Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]


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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2023-04-07 17:36:55 -0400