Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Associate
MIT D-Lab & Office of Experiential Learning
Office of Experiential Learning
265 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
84 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
Laura Budzyna (Associate Director/Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager)
Kate Trimble (Senior Associate Dean/ Director)
MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty. D-Lab is a pioneer in design for development training and education, with over 15 years of experience in building community capacity for innovation and problem solving. D-Lab uses a participatory design approach that challenges traditional notions of who can play a role in designing solutions to global development challenges. D-Lab’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, research in collaboration with global partners, technology development, and community initiatives — all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability. These integrated programs work together to design for a more equitable world.
MIT D-Lab sits within the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL). The Office’s overarching goals are 1) to connect, support, and enhance existing experiential learning to optimize MIT students’ educational benefits; and 2) to expand, innovate, and integrate experiential learning to transform education at MIT. Within the broader goals of the office, OEL aims to develop student competencies in “change-making”: students’ inclination and ability to address injustice, reinvent broken systems, and innovate for social change. Change-making education serves the Institute’s mission to “develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind,” and advances the specific missions of MIT centers like D-Lab and the PKG Center.
The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Associate will contribute to both D-Lab and OEL’s efforts to assess the outcomes of their programs and to communicate these lessons internally and externally. This role encompasses (1) MEL framework design; (2) data collection, analysis, and management; and (3) reflection and communication. The MEL Associate will support a culture of data-driven decision-making, adaptive management, and programmatic integrity at D-Lab and across OEL’s programs. This is a two-year appointment with option to extend, pending funding availability.
The MEL Associate will spend 60% time at D-Lab and 40% time at OEL. At D-Lab, the MEL Associate will manage the MEL for a portfolio of D-Lab projects, overseeing the design, collection, analysis, and communication of results for those projects. At OEL, the MEL Associate will conduct data gathering and analysis to identify competencies, understand student perspectives, map existing change-making offerings, and benchmark against peer institutions.
Job Responsibilities (D-Lab):
- MEL Frameworks: Work with D-Lab staff to set project-specific goals, develop theories of change and results frameworks, and design measurement strategies.
- Data Collection and Analysis: Design and implement surveys, interviews, focus group discussions, and other data collection mechanisms, both remotely and on-site. Analyze this data using Excel and other statistical tools.
- Data Communication and Sharing: Produce infographics, slide decks, reports, blogs, and other pieces showcasing the results of D-Lab’s MEL efforts. Regularly share results, analysis and insights with staff, partners and the public. Contribute MEL content to donor reports and proposals.
- Learning: Work with D-Lab staff to incorporate learning into programs by hosting regular data debriefs and facilitating reflection sessions.
- Data Storage and Management: Keep Salesforce database up-to-date with programmatic data.
Job Responsibilities (OEL):
- Research Projects:
- Conduct research to identify and promote evidence-based best practices in experiential learning and change-making education including core competencies and learning outcomes, navigational tools and student pathways, and evaluation tools and assessment practices.
- Design and implement qualitative and quantitative research projects to understand how students’ attitudes toward social change and change-making evolve throughout their MIT educational experience, and what factors are most influential or powerful in that evolution.
- Inventory experiential learning offerings at MIT to understand current landscape, gaps, and redundancies, and identify possible programmatic partners and allies
- Collect data, assess, and report on student learning, program satisfaction, and program outcomes
- Communications, Outreach & Collaboration:
- Develop learning materials and workshop content around change-making skills, reflective practice, and other EL-related topics.
- Contribute to a variety of communications outlets (web, e-newsletters, social media, print, video) and work closely with key stakeholders to produce occasional original content
- Lead outreach strategy for OEL and related programs and recruit MIT student participants
- Support fundraising efforts with occasional reports, meetings with donors, student case studies, etc.
At OEL, the MEL Associate may also contribute to workshop design, logistical support, campus events and collaborations, and the development of a network of peer institutions.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have a Bachelors’ degree (Masters’ preferred) and a minimum of 2 years experience implementing MEL efforts at a nonprofit, educational institution or other impact-focused organization
- Be skilled with MEL frameworks, instrument design, data collection, and data analysis techniques
- Have strong abilities in graphic design and data visualization
- Be able to distill complex data into clearly communicated findings for diverse stakeholders
- Have excellent writing and oral communication skills
- Be organized, thorough, and detail-oriented
- Balance critical evaluative thinking with an empathetic and collaborative spirit
- Be flexible, adaptable, resilient, and eager to jump in
- Be committed to inclusion, equity, social justice, diversity and student development; must be able to work with a highly diverse student population and community stakeholders
- Have experience working in developing country settings (preferred)
- Speak Spanish (preferred)
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000
Interested candidates should apply at this link.
Candidates who proceed to the next round will be asked to submit a past MEL deliverable and complete a data-related challenge.