Vacancy Announcement

Learning & Insights Strategist


The Pop Culture Collaborative seeks its first Learning & Insights Strategist, a thought leader who can generate and share evidence of popular culture’s power to shape narratives/ culture and advance social justice. This new position will lead the development and execution of formal, intentionally-designed learning strategies for philanthropy, the pop culture field, and the Collaborative itself.

The Learning & Insights Strategist will work closely with the Executive Director and the Strategy Director, with shared support from the Program Associate and Executive Coordinator. The Strategist will select and manage a robust set of consultants and producers to ensure successful execution of the work. The Collaborative, a small, start-up philanthropic fund, works virtually.

About the Pop Culture Collaborative

The Pop Culture Collaborative is a multi-million-dollar philanthropic resource and funder learning community working to transform the narrative landscape around people of color, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and Native people in America—especially those who are women, queer, trans, and/or disabled—through strategic partnerships between social justice movements and the entertainment, advertising, and media industries. We believe there is an opportunity—and that philanthropy has a responsibility—to build a thriving field capable of shaping popular culture to express the full complexity of Americans, and make a just and pluralistic future in which everyone belongs feel desirable, achievable, and inevitable.

With the vision and backing of a bold set of philanthropic investors (our own donor “managing partners” and others), in 2016 the Collaborative began building a five-year grantmaking fund to advance this vital work – and accelerate the impact of artists, social justice advocates, culture change strategists, tech innovators, academics, and others to affect change through entertainment and narratives in mass media.

Learn more about the Pop Culture Collaborative at

Position overview

The Learning & Insights Strategist will build the knowledge base of the popular culture field, shape the Collaborative’s work, and nourish the understanding of funders about the potential of pop culture social change strategies. The incumbent will lead the conceptualization and production of experiences and materials that provide philanthropy with:

  • deep learning around narrative/culture change methodologies, strategies, trends, and activities
  • clarity and support around grantmaking and evaluation models in the field
  • spaces to learn and engage with artists, entertainment industry leaders, strategists, and movement visionaries who are advancing the field

While not a member of the Collaborative’s small senior leadership team, the Strategist is a high-level position and the incumbent will be expected to act with autonomy and authority.

Specific responsibilities

Thought leadership 

  • Nourish a deep understanding of what learning means in both the pop culture field and a funder collaborative, and infuse that understanding in experiences and materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Lead the foundation to model and advocate for a learning culture within other funding collaboratives and for philanthropy overall.

Program design and management

  • Design and curate in-person and digital learning programs for philanthropy, particularly a year-round immersive learning journey for our managing partners and other funders, along with more traditional ongoing philanthropic learning activities and materials. Conceptualize, launch, and execute these programs with clear goals, products, and timelines.
  • Innovate in ways that demonstrate an understanding of the multiple ways people learn and of the full range of learning experiences and formats.
  • Identify and manage consultants, event producers, curatorial producers, and others directly producing learning materials.
  • Oversee pre-production of all philanthropic learning activities, materials, and events.
  • Evaluate and revise all learning programs in a way that loops ongoing learning into planning.
  • Work with the Collaborative team, event producers, and curatorial producers to help produce an annual retreat bringing together philanthropic, entertainment, and grantee partners.

Knowledge capture and field building

  • Create systems to capture and translate insights, lessons, and expertise drawn from events, grantee reports and activities, and other Collaborative research, programming, and networks to ensure the Collaborative’s strategy and learning are mutually reinforcing.
  • Together with the Collaborative team, design and produce written and visual materials (reports to funders, insight reports, memos, presentations, video/audio products, blog posts, op-eds) throughout the year for a variety of audiences and venues.
  • Identify, track, and present at critical philanthropy events and convenings to share information on the Collaborative and the pop culture for social change field.

Qualifications and expertise

The ideal candidate will be one who thrives in start-up environments, where innovation and the creation from scratch of new programs, systems, and processes are everyday activities.

In addition, the successful candidate will have:

  • A commitment to the Collaborative’s mission and core values. Knowledge of social justice philanthropy and/or the pop culture field are preferred, along with a desire to build that knowledge.
  • A vision of learning that goes beyond monitoring and evaluation to imagine what impact truly means in the pop culture field, and how to get there.
  • Six years’ experience developing and leading successful learning programs using a wide range of formats for a variety of audiences; ready to move into a management/ leadership role.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Formal training in teaching, learning theory, and/or facilitation, including an understanding of the different ways adults learn; BA/BS preferred.
  • A science and artistic brain, capable of capturing and understanding data in all its forms, spotting patterns, and synthesizing information into the compelling experiences and products needed to galvanize and consolidate philanthropic support for the pop culture field.
  • Experience, a record of excellence, and delight in a public-facing role; fearlessness with high-level philanthropists and well-known figures in the pop culture world.
  • Gratified by a role that works in service to the Collaborative’s programs, managing partners, and grantees.
  • Ability to work productively in a virtual environment and to travel 25% of the time. A NY, LA, or Bay Area location is preferred to facilitate in-person engagement with our managing partners and other funders.
  • A strong sense of camaraderie, good natured, the ability to be formal or informal as the context requires, a commitment to working hard.


Salary is $90,000 plus the Collaborative’s benefits package, including paid vacation, personal, and sick leave; standard health, dental, and vision packages; employer contributions to 401k retirement account; parental/dependent leave; and a commuter transit benefit.

To apply

Please submit a cover letter that speaks to the power and potential of this role and why you are well-suited to fill it, along with your resume, to: by Friday, October 19, 2018.