Posted: Nov 9, 2022

Managing Director, Domestic Evaluation Services

Application Deadline: N/A
Non-Academic Research

Managing Director, Domestic Evaluation Services, Social Impact, Remote

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. 

For more information or to apply, please contact: Aaron Schmidt, President, [email protected] 

Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area global management consulting firm. We are a leader in evidence building and use and provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, capacity building, and learning services to make tax payer funded programs more effective. Much of our work to date has focused on the international development and humanitarian assistance sector for federal clients such as USAID, the Department of State, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. We are looking to aggressively expand and grow our federal civilian work outside of these three Agencies with a focus on our core capabilities related to evidence building, evidence use, and learning.

We believe Social Impact is a great place to work. We are proud of our diversity and work actively to expand it as a way of improving our employees’ experience, our collective professional breadth and the quality of the work we do. We promote equity and inclusion through our policies and practices and foster a culture of belonging for everyone where differences and authenticity are honored and embraced. We work hard to create opportunities for growth and ensure that our staff are fulfilled and engaged. We believe we are better when we collaborate, learn from one another and have fun while working hard.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a full-time Managing Director who is an experienced, resourceful and entrepreneurial evaluator to build a domestically focused monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) unit that leverages SI’s 25 years of international MEL expertise. The unit will initially focus on evidence building opportunities within DoEd, DOE (Department of Energy), DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOT, EPA, FEMA, HHS, HUD, USDA, VA, though knowledge of other civilian agencies will be an added advantage. The Director will leverage his/her technical expertise and experience in designing and leading research and evaluations to lead proposal development efforts, build extensive relationships with key decision makers in targeted agencies and potential partners, and lead efforts to increase SI’s visibility through representation, communication and thought leadership. This position reports directly to the CEO and initially supervises one full time staff member and short term consultants. This is a full-time position authorized to be fully remote or to be based in the Arlington, VA area on a hybrid remote/in-person model.


Strategic Leadership

  • Lead an independent, agile unit within SI to shape and grow a new line of business in domestic monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Develop and execute a strategy to successfully leverage SI’s vast capabilities and excellent reputation in planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning for international development agencies and bring it to the federal civilian sector.
  • Position Social Impact to be successful in the domestic market with a view to items such as communications, capabilities, partnerships, etc.
  • Pay close attention to how SI can be cost competitive in this new market. Work with the CEO and other senior leaders to develop strategies to strengthen cost competitiveness.
  • Oversee multiple concurrent initiatives and projects in the federal civilian sector.

Capture and Proposal Leadership:

  • Proactively identify and qualify new business opportunities related to monitoring, evaluation and learning, with a focus on priority agencies.
  • Lead the full cycle proposal development process for federal civilian bids and make significant contributions to conceptualizing and writing bids, including monitoring, evaluation and learning technical approaches.
  • Provide guidance, mentoring, and QA/QC to the proposal manager and consultants who may serve in various proposal development roles.
  • Lead efforts to identify and lock in necessary partners and project Key Personnel.

People Management

  • Lead a small and agile team consisting initially of a proposal manager and short term consultants. The size of the team is expected to grow as the unit generates new business.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and supervision for this team. Create an entrepreneurial, can do attitude among the team.

Marketing, Relationship Building and Representation

  • Develop relationships with GS-13+ levels across all targeted agencies.
  • Establish relationships with organizations and individuals who can increase SI’s chances of success. These include organizations with complementary capabilities that can serve as partners, individuals who can be named in Key Personnel roles, etc.
  • Participate in industry groups, conferences, webinars and other fora to represent and promote Social Impact’s capabilities. Serve as a direct spokesperson in these fora as well as a liaison to facilitate the participation of SI technical experts in relevant events.


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree.
  • At least 12 years of relevant technical experience with at least five years of business development and/or capture experience within the federal civilian market.
  • Recent (within the last two years) relationships at one or more of the following agencies: DoEd, DOE (Department of Energy), DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOT, EPA, FEMA, HHS, HUD, USDA, VA,. Relationships at other federal civilian agencies would be an added benefit.
  • Technical expertise in research and evaluation methodologies including experience designing and leading evaluations in a variety of sectors. 
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, ideally with a track record in growing a new line of business.
  • Experience supervising, coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co- workers and clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and provide advice and guidance in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and communicate effectively orally and in writing (English written and oral fluency required).
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, entrepreneurial, and management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and independently in a fast-paced, growing business environment.
  • A commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment.

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world. 

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website:  

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls. 

This search is being managed by our Executive Search Partner, Insight Executive Search. 

For more information or to apply, please contact: Aaron Schmidt, President, [email protected]