Senior Associate

Berkeley, California, United States | Full-time | Partially remote


Informing Change is looking for an experienced Senior Associate to join our team. Informing Change’s strength comes from our team-based approach. You would be joining an organization of individuals who draw on one another’s diverse skill sets, perspectives, and expertise to turn data into insights and action for our clients. Learning is intrinsic to everything we do, whether alongside our clients, with one another, or in individualized professional development. We challenge one another to go deeper, think further, and do even better work for our clients—all pursuits that we support through a company culture that enables your work to effect meaningful, positive change in our communities.

Who We Are

Informing Change is a strategic learning firm united by the core belief that making meaning out of good data generates knowledge that can be used to accelerate progress toward equity. We combine the power of data with deliberate, inclusive meaning-making processes. We are guided by our values of intelligence, integrity, compassion, and the pursuit of social justice.

We partner with our clients—nonprofits and the philanthropic organizations that fund them—to develop their strategy and understand their impact. Whether we are conducting an evaluation, building organizational capacity or researching a field, we work to share knowledge with organizations so they can make informed decisions about the ways they support and lift up their communities.

At Informing Change, we are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse staff with a variety of lived experiences. We believe that diversity greatly elevates our ability to bring integrity, quality, creativity, and empathy to our work. We recognize the ways multiple identities intersect in contextually unique experiences of oppression and privilege, and we value how these intersections inform individuals' expertise. We are looking for team members who are committed to joining us on our journey toward embracing and embodying racial and intersectional equity.

Who You Are

You have at least seven years of experience designing and conducting mixed methods evaluations for and with foundations and nonprofit organizations in the social sector. You have experience as a consultant and team leader, and you have played a lead role in at least a handful of theory of change or strategic planning processes. You will complement a team of professionals with various strengths, experiences, and types of expertise. You will have the opportunity to lead some projects with limited oversight.  

Here are the hats you wear in this position, often at the same time:

As a strategic thinker, you:

  • Draw on a deep well of content knowledge and evaluation skills to inform strategies, learning, and equity with clients in the social sector
  • Are not afraid of being wrong and are open to changing your mind in the face of evidence.
  • Engage in rigorous, empathetic, and critical thinking.
  • Provide facilitation and guidance for organizations, and community and collaborative groups.
  • Develop high-quality reports and findings, write clearly and compellingly, and conceptualize visuals to tell the story behind data.

As a business developer, you:

  • Listen well, ask good questions, and consider things from others’ perspectives in order to understand what will be most understandable and persuasive.
  • Present to clients and groups with comfort and ease.
  • Contribute your expertise to designing new client projects and writing proposals.
  • Nurture client relationships and spark new ones.
  • Incorporate your vision for the work you want to do into the context of our broader goals and aspirations.

As a team leader, you:

  • Excel at task delegation as well as time, budget, and overall project management.
  • Actively promote and contribute to a positive work environment for diverse team members.
  • Recognize team members’ strengths, contribute to their professional development and support their growth opportunities.
  • Manage up, down, and across team roles—this role supports and reports to the company’s co-directors.
  • Contribute your ideas and energy to our company as we evolve to meet the future needs of our field.

Candidate Qualifications & Experience

  • At least seven years of professional experience designing and conducting mixed methods evaluations
  • Experience designing and leading theory of change and strategic planning processes
  • Experience writing for a range of audiences including boards, organization leadership and staff, and communities
  • Experience in project management, particularly in consulting environments
  • Advanced degree or relevant experience in education, public policy, public administration, public health, sociology, anthropology, or a related discipline
  • Experience using information for purposes of problem-solving and decision-making, preferably in the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors
  • Experience with community engagement, participatory research, and facilitation
  • Demonstrated commitment to and engagement with diverse communities of color
  • Experience supervising staff and leading teams
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally (contingent upon post-covid restrictions)

 Compensation & Logistics

  • Salary range is $120,000 - $125,000 annually.
  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Voluntary 401(k) plan with company match.
  • Informing Change has a hybrid office model where California Bay Area staff are strongly encouraged to work in our Berkeley office twice a week on set days to facilitate team collaboration and communication. U.S. based remote staff will be considered, but are strongly encouraged to travel to our Berkeley office once a quarter for in-person office work and special events, e.g. our staff retreat and holiday party. Core working hours for all staff, regardless of location, are 9 am – 5 pm Pacific Time. 
  • All staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Staff who are not vaccinated must wear a N-95 mask for their own and others’ protection when we return to the office.

Application Process

  • To apply, send a resume and cover letter via Trakstar.
  • Position open until filled.
  • We will only contact you if you qualify for an interview.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we support affirmative action and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sexual or gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We strongly encourage persons from all backgrounds to apply.