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Senior Specialist, Evaluation

Position: Senior Specialist, Evaluation
Reports to: Director, Office of CEO and Impact Evaluation
Department: Office of CEO
Location: Toronto office
Status: Permanent, full-time

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

Life. We don’t want you to miss it.™

That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives.

Heart & Stroke is a health charity active in communities across the country. We are sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 100,000 volunteers and more than 1.4 million donors.

The opportunity

Being part of Heart & Stroke means being part of a dynamic, committed team. It’s stimulating, challenging, and hugely rewarding. We are seeking a creative, hands-on individual with strong analytic and applied research skills to advance the Foundation’s strategic results framework.  We not only strive to track the "bottom line," but also to evaluate and learn from the process of getting there.

Your primary responsibility will be to lead the day-to-day implementation of our results framework.  With guidance from the Director, you will build the roadmap, tools, processes and related materials for strengthening organizational performance measurement. You will work collaboratively with programs leads across the Foundation to ensure that outcomes data is captured, reported and interpreted in timely ways that enhances capacity and effectiveness, informs program improvements, and leads to greater social impact. 

You will also contribute to strategic initiatives that span our entire organization. You will use a theory of change approach to help navigate complexity, conceptualize project designs, and map the conditions that accelerate and scale impact through future initiatives. Supporting cross-functional and senior management teams, you will foster a culture of learning and innovation across the organization, as well as gain broad experience and exposure to unique challenges and opportunities in the social sector.

Key responsibilities

Impact evaluation design

  • Develop and maintain a system for monitoring progress related to the Foundation’s impact goals and strategic performance measurement framework; identify sources of available data, and if not readily available, the most efficient method for collecting the data
  • Work collaboratively across departments to identify appropriate indicators and benchmarks, and enable the timely and reliable monitoring of results against strategic goals
  • For specific initiatives, design theories of change/logic models, prioritize reporting requirements, and ensure high quality approaches to evaluation methodologies tools and measures
  • Research best practices in relation to specific aspects of evaluation via literature review, needs assessment, internet searches and/or contacts with other leading organizations

Data monitoring, analysis and communication  

  • Coordinate all aspects of data collection logistics, documentation and critical paths, ensuring data accuracy and completeness, including drilling down into data by program
  • Use data visualization tools  to support strategic learning and key decision-making
  • Analyze, validate, interpret and prepare outputs (e.g., fact-bases, charts, powerpoint decks, briefing notes, etc.) on qualitative and quantitative data streams, with a focus on communicating findings in meaningful and actionable ways
  • Contribute to the communication of the Foundation’s impact , and provide lead technical support to teams preparing reports for donors and other stakeholders, to ensure alignment with overall framework 

Cross-functional collaboration

  • Provide a strong impact perspective and project management support for annual planning, business case development and strategic initiatives reviews 
  • Take an active role in strengthening the Foundation’s culture of innovation, learning and accountability through a broad knowledge base of evaluative trends and best practices
  • Contribute to organization-wide evaluation processes as required, facilitating discussions and assisting teams with interpreting and applying findings
  • Assist in liaising with advisors or external sources, and in the selection and oversight of external evaluation suppliers, as appropriate

An equivalent combination of education, job related experience and skills will be considered.


  • Graduate degree in Social Sciences, Health Sciences/Health Services or related discipline
  • Training and certification (e.g., Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation) preferred

Experience and skills 

  • 1-2 years in evaluation, monitoring or performance measurement in social service research or public health programs, involving direct responsibility for deliverables
  • 1-2 years applying qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and statistical trending
  • Highly developed analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal, consultation, and organizational skills, including the ability to interface effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders and all levels of management 
  • Adept at seeking and weighing opinions and evidence – compromising where necessary on ways and means, but not on principles or goals
  • Solution-oriented self-starter who enjoys generating and exploring ideas
  • Effective communication and presentation skills to prepare wide range of outputs and help stakeholders understand data 
  • Close attention to detail with a focus on excellence and ability to balance multiple major assignments concurrently 
  • Proficiency using various applications to structure or visualize data (e.g., SPSS, Tableau); familiarity with specialized approaches (e.g., SROI, bibliometrics) is an asset
  • French language proficiency is an asset

If you have the qualifications and share our passion for our mission, we invite you to forward your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to  We offer comprehensive benefits including pension, dental and medical coverage.

This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

Please include the exact job title, including location, in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, due to volume, we can only contact those selected for interviews. 

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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