Evaluation Associate (MACP)


Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) was established through the generosity of Margaret A. Cargill, a granddaughter of the co-founder of Cargill, Inc. MACP encompasses two grantmaking entities, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, whose collective assets place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States.

The organization’s grantmaking supports work in seven domains: Animal Welfare, Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity.


To provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.


The cultural aspirations of MACPS are to be humble, compassionate, respectful, honest, professional, ethical, and mindful of the importance of carrying out the philanthropic work as envisioned by Margaret A. Cargill. This is a culture where teamwork is critical, learning is ongoing, and decisions are made thoughtfully.


The Evaluation Associate is responsible for providing support for evaluation projects, data management, and organizational learning efforts. The Evaluation Associate will work closely with Evaluation Officers to ensure that evaluation and organizational learning deliverables generate new insights to improve grantmaking and organizational performance.

This position reports to the Director, Evaluation and Organizational Learning and is a member of the Evaluation and Organizational Learning team.


Evaluation Project Support

  • Provide technical assistance and support to Evaluation Officers and program staff for program-level evaluation projects involving consultants, grantees, and other partners.
  • Design and generate reports from the Fluxx grants management system to track grant-level evaluation deliverables produced by grantees.
  • Analyze and summarize grant-level evaluation reports produced by grantee organizations and consultants.
  • Assist in producing evaluation materials and presentations for board meetings, quarterly evaluation program meetings, and other evaluation-related meetings.
  • Support the planning and implementation of evaluation department workshops with program leaders and staff.
  • Review resources and tools from the evaluation field and assist in incorporating them into the organization’s evaluative practice.
  • Research and curate evaluation reports from experts in the field that align with the organization’s domain and program interests.

Data Management Support

  • Provide technical assistance and support for evaluation-related data collection, management, analysis, and reporting.
  • Assist in the development of evaluative data management practices and procedures for the organization.
  • Provide technical support and input into the design of the data system for tracking progress and assessing impact of program strategies.
  • Manage evaluation data that is collected outside the organization’s grants management system.
  • Support the implementation of program evaluation plans, including coordinating with external evaluation consultants and grantees on data-related issues and practices.
  • Contribute to developing training sessions for program staff on data collection, data use, and reporting.
  • Collaborate with Program Associates across domains on evaluation-related data projects.
  • Develop ideas to help the organization apply data for decision-making.

Organizational Learning Support

  • Support the director and the department on organizational learning programs and projects.
  • Assist in developing systems and practices that help the organization preserve, curate, and apply our institutional knowledge.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop ideas and practices that help the organization apply evaluation results and data for program and organizational decisions.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of relevant experience required. Master’s Degree preferred. Studies in social sciences preferred with coursework incorporating research, evaluation, or data analysis.
  • 3+ years’ experience with evaluation methods including conducting research, analyzing data, writing reports and managing projects preferred.
  • Strong computer skills with solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Exposure to non-profit sector/working knowledge of nonprofit organizations with preferred experience in philanthropy.
  • Precision and accuracy in reviewing data with an ability to understand and identify the organizational implications of data quality.
  • Good analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong sense of integrity, discretion, and trustworthiness.
  • Highly organized and motivated; ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters effectively and confidentially.
  • Positive attitude and a commitment to being part of and building an encouraging work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills; a genuine desire to help others; diplomatic style; attentive listener; ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds with poise and professionalism.
  • A passion for continuous improvement, learning, and growth.


Very Limited


  • Required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Extensive use of computer, keyboard and mouse
  • Bend to file or retrieve documents
  • Occasional light physical effort required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to approximately 30 pounds

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this description.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.


Qualified candidates should apply via our online application system by visiting www.macphilanthropies.org/careers

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