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Director of Impact Ratings Methodology

Director of Impact Ratings Methodology

Nonprofit Jobs

Saddle Brook, NJ (Fully Remote)

Nonprofits, and the millions who donate time and money to support them, seek to change the world for the better — to have an impact. Yet very little information is available on the causal effect nonprofits are actually having on the outcomes of their beneficiaries..

Charity Navigator is actively trying to fill this vacuum by providing donors with rigorous ratings on non-profit impact. Under the Impact & Results beacon of the Encompass Ratings System, donors can now find estimates of the impact and cost-effectiveness of hundreds of service-delivery charities that are creating real change in areas as diverse as global poverty, homelessness and climate change.

Charity Navigator now seeks a talented Director of Impact Ratings Methodology to join the Impact Unit. As Director, you will lead the expansion of our impact rating methodology and scale up our impact ratings to reach vastly more nonprofits and cause areas. You will closely collaborate with the Impact Unit’s VP and ratings analysts on many aspects of this; however, you will have overall responsibility for maintaining the work plan and deliverables.

In this role, you will: 

Lead the development of new methodologies for impact ratings

  • Develop new program-specific methodologies to estimate impact and rate the cost-effectiveness of a wide variety of programs. This may include: conducting literature reviews on program effectiveness, manipulating and applying data-derived research, and developing models to estimate impact and determine cost-effectiveness.
  • Serve as a thought leader at Charity Navigator to expand our impact rating methodologies.
  • Solicit and manage input, interactions and feedback on methodologies from nonprofits and experts.
  • Ensure the careful and transparent documentation of any ratings and methodology.

Support the impact ratings process

  • Provide methodological support and guidance to support impact analyst teams.
  • Create and oversee quality assurance systems to ensure the accuracy and fidelity of our ratings.
  • Support the development of an automated process to accelerate the throughput of impact ratings

Develop a framework to assess Charity Navigator’s own impact.

  • Using internal and external data sources, lead efforts to determine if CN is affecting donor behavior.
  • Provide insights on how impact ratings and the Encompass system generally affect non-profit fundraising by sector, non-profit time and overtime.

Provide input on the strategic direction of the Impact Unit and the Encompass Rating System

  • In conjunction with the VP of Impact Ratings, help determine the future roadmap for the Impact & Results Beacon.
  • Contribute to the further development of the Encompass Rating System and, in some cases, guide beacon-related programs and projects that provide donors with more data to incorporate into their philanthropic decision-making.
  • Develop partnerships with program evaluation organizations and other data providers.

What you’ll need: 

  • 2-5 years of experience in impact evaluation or nonprofit impact assessment, ideally in a non-profit setting.
  • Advanced degree in economics, public health, public policy or another social science, or bachelor’s with equivalent experience.
  • Basic knowledge of cost-effectiveness analysis or cost-benefit analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrably strong planning and organization skills; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Strong analytical reasoning skills.
  • Comfortable conducting research, including but not limited to literature reviews and collecting and analyzing data.
  • Demonstrated coursework or experience in research methods and statistics.
  • The ability to work independently and the ability to collaborate with others for productive outcomes.
  • Orientation toward ongoing learning.

If you resonate with any aspect of this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed above, we encourage you to apply!

About us

Charity Navigator is the world’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. The organization guides informed giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability, transparency and impact of charities and by providing data about 1.7 million nonprofits, accessed more than 10 million times annually. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.


Base Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000

This is an exempt position. Salary is paid on a bi-weekly basis in accordance with Charity Navigator’s standard payroll practices for employees.  

We have remained remote during COVID-19 pandemic. This position is currently remote, however, there may be occasional in-person team meetings. US-based candidates only. 

Charity Navigator provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, disability, genetics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

About Our Culture

We believe in fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation that blends critical thinking and creativity. We value both intellectual and professional growth while maintaining a sense of humor and fun in our work culture. We believe that everyone should have a voice so open communication is a vital component of our success. Beyond this, we provide a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time employees as well as working to encourage everyone to maintain a solid work-life balance.

Comprehensive Benefits Package

  • Health/Dental/Vision: includes coverage for your spouse and/or children as well
  • Minimum of 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 9 paid holidays in your first year
  • SIMPLE IRA (up to 3% match of base salary)
  • Flexible spending and dependent care accounts

To apply for this position, please click HERE or to apply with Indeed please click HERE.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Location : Saddle Brook, NJ (Fully Remote)

Salary Range : Base Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000

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