Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training
Collaborates on and coordinates internal and external family engagement research and evaluation projects. Provides expertise in research and evaluation design and methods, data management, analysis, reporting, communication, and visualization. Work will include efforts to design and develop innovative and effective interventions, approaches, tools, and research and evaluation studies related to families’ engagement in their children’s early learning, education, and development.
Essential Job Duties
Project Design and Conceptualization
research and evaluation methodology and design
development of logic models, theories of change, and conceptual framework graphics and narratives
instrument/assessment/measure selection and survey/tool/protocol design and development
Data Collection, Management, and Analysis
coordination of data collection and data tracking
conducting of focus groups and interviews with study participants
database design and data management
intermediate quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation
development and management of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods data analysis plans
Writing and data visualization of research and evaluation findings for reports, manuscripts, and presentations for internal and external audiences
Written and verbal communication of research-informed approaches and best practices for dissemination and use by both internal and external stakeholders
Collaboration with other Ounce divisions, especially Development and Marketing-Communications to provide ad-hoc preparation, interpretation, and visualization/graphic design of data for purposes of grant writing and communication with external audiences.
study/project documentation and management
development, creation, and organization of meeting and project materials
communication with partners around planning meetings and project logistics
Perform other job related duties as requested
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Experience coordinating research studies and other complex projects.
Experience with intermediate qualitative and/or quantitative design methods and analytical techniques.
Experience conducting applied research and/or program evaluation in direct service or program settings.
Experience conducting focus groups and interviews with parents and/or early childhood providers preferred.
Experience collaborating on projects with external partners/partner organizations preferred.
Knowledge of early childhood, child development, human development, family studies, developmental or educational psychology, education, or a related field.
Knowledge of basic database design and management principles.
Knowledge of improvement science a plus.
Fluidity with the Microsoft Office suite of software (e.g., Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), data tracking software (e.g., Excel, Access), statistical/analytical packages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, NVivo) and other relevant computer-based and technological applications (e.g., Qualtrics).
Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation.
Excellent verbal and written interpretation and communication skills with high attention to detail.
Ability to synthesize and represent data and research findings, visually and in writing, for use by multiple audiences (e.g., policymakers, advocates, practitioners, parents, funders, etc.).
Ability to prioritize and manage competing deadlines and complex projects.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Occasional travel may be required.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day.
Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to type regularly.
Must be able to lift objects up to 5 lbs. in weight.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Master’s degree in social sciences, behavioral sciences, education, research/evaluation methods, or related discipline.
A minimum of 3 years of experience in research/evaluation.