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Urban Initiatives Overview
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves over 16,000 students in grades K-12 throughout the City of Chicago.
The Research and Evaluation Coordinator is primarily responsible for supporting the implementation of Urban Initiatives’ program evaluation strategies and ensuring a high level of data quality across all facets of Urban Initiatives’ program evaluation efforts. The Coordinator will support all Research and Evaluation team members and work cross-departmentally with program staff in order to achieve the Research and Evaluation Department’s strategic goals and objectives. The Coordinator will also develop and implement evaluation strategies for select Urban Initiatives’ special program partnership initiatives, and will have the opportunity to analyze and summarize the results to support achievement of the Program Partnership department’s goals.
We seek a high-energy, data-driven, organized, detail-oriented, and effective-communicating critical thinker to fill this position. This role will require a 40-hour work schedule with occasional advance evening and weekend commitments. This position reports to the Research and Evaluation Director.
Ensure high-quality implementation data entry (e.g., program enrollment information and program attendance) in UI’s participant database through entering data, supporting efficient processes, data quality checks, regular reporting, and collaboration with program staff
Ensure that high-quality outcome data (e.g., survey data) is collected and entered through data collection planning and tracking, and data quality checks
Support evaluation strategy implementation for all Urban Initiatives programming by formatting, printing, and organizing surveys and data collection materials
Participate in data collection activities with K-12 students during recess and out-of-school-time Urban Initiatives programming, modeling inclusive evaluation practices that prioritize the needs and physical and emotional safety of program participants
Support reporting of program implementation data to support program staff’s usage of real-time data for continuous improvement
Contribute to the fostering of a positive organizational data culture and celebrate program staff’s evaluation-related success, in part through regular staff contests related to evaluation implementation performance
Identify opportunities for and support the development of program staff trainings to enhance data quality
Work collaboratively to develop and implement evaluation strategies for select Program Partnerships programming initiatives, facilitate data entry, and analyze and report on evaluation results
Summarize and organize research articles relevant to Urban Initiatives’ core outcomes and programming priorities. Maintain the organization of the research summary document as new research is identified by team members.
Provide administrative support to the Research and Evaluation Department as needed, including supporting the submission of annual program evaluation proposals to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and CPS’ Research Review Board (RRB)?
Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission ?
Demonstrated enthusiasm for program evaluation and the use of data to drive decision-making and identify best practices and areas for program improvement
Desire to be a team player and ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively
Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask, prioritize work effectively, and consistently meet deadlines in order to succeed in a fast-paced environment
Proficiency in, and/or willingness to learn, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite (Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides)
Basic experience in or interest in developing data analysis skills
Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders
Excellence in both written and verbal communications and the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders
Ability to think critically, be forward thinking, and determine situational and systemic solutions to problems
Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
Experience in research or nonprofit program evaluation (preferred but not required)
Fluency in Spanish (preferred but not required)
How to Apply
?Send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Research and Evaluation Coordinator” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: May 31, 2019. ?
Additional Salary Information: Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
120 hours (15 days) paid time off per year, with increases available for the number of years with Urban Initiatives (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
Comp time for salaried employees
About Urban Initiatives
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. We drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 13,000 students from 37 underserved communities with our continuum of programming.