Title: Evaluation Associate
Reports to: Associate Director, Evaluation
Location: Home Office (US Based;) near Facing History regional office preferred
Start Date: Immediate
As a member of the Evaluation team, the Evaluation Associate will be responsible for carrying out program evaluation activities that contribute to the evidence base for the organization, inform program development and strategy, and assess the organization’s progress towards its strategic goals.
The Evaluation Associate will play a key role in supporting the success of the Evaluation team at a critical time in the organization’s history. While much is known from previous research about the effectiveness of Facing History’s program, many new questions have emerged as we develop new modes of online program delivery, a new school partnership model, and targeted approaches to promote educator mindsets and practices that foster equity. The Evaluation team, therefore, has a significant mandate in providing new knowledge to inform the organization’s direction and support its growth. In order to maximize learning and insights that will inform organizational strategy and development, the Evaluation team interfaces with departments across the organization, including Program, Development, and Marketing & Communications, as well as Executive Directors of regional offices.
Who We Are
We are an experienced and professional Evaluation team that cares deeply about the mission and work of our organization. We are highly collaborative, both within our team and with other departments, to ensure the effectiveness of the Facing History program. We depend on clear communication, teamwork, and a genuine passion for the mission. We value continuous learning and improvement, partnership, and relationship-building within our close-knit team. We appreciate and honor the unique talents, experiences, and perspectives we each bring to the team, and work collectively to contribute to the organization’s success.
The Evaluation team has the following functions:
- Participate in developing and implementing a cohesive, cross-functional learning agenda for the organization
- Clearly articulate what is known from research about the program’s effectiveness to stakeholders through written summaries and presentations. We are challenging ourselves to find new ways to communicate to help all audiences understand our findings, including staff, our boards and funders, and the broader education field.
- Carry out new research to fill gaps in our knowledge, and to fulfill stakeholder requirements
- Support the organization in using knowledge from research to apply insights and guide strategy
- Keep abreast of advances in relevant fields of education and implications for Facing History strategy; contribute knowledge to those fields through conference presentations and papers
- Ensure staff development across the organization related to all of the above
Who You Are
You are a lifelong learner with proven research and evaluation expertise in the education space. You are passionate about the responsibility of education to prepare all young people to be thoughtful, ethical, compassionate, and empowered members of society. You have a deep commitment to educational equity. You have the ability to communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences both verbally and visually. You are able to independently carry out evaluation studies using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and have a strong expertise in statistics. You are comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously in collaboration with your colleagues. You are curious, love learning, and enjoy being part of a team.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Project manage evaluation studies, including timelines, team members’ roles, meetings, research milestones, and deliverables
- Develop surveys, interview protocols, implementation checklists, and other measurement tools
- Manage recruitment of research/evaluation participants, lead process for obtaining informed consent, and manage data collection processes, and data cleaning
- Analyze quantitative data sets, preferably using SPSS or RCode and analyze qualitative data, preferably using a qualitative software program
- Write reports, and present results
- Create data visualizations– including graphs, charts, figures, and tables — that are accessible and engaging for non-technical audiences
- Manage and update department information systems, including files, tracking studies, databases, and dissemination of deliverables
- Update and create user-friendly summaries of evaluation findings
- Search and review relevant academic literature
- Respond to inquiries about evaluation
- B.A/B.S. required; MA degree in Evaluation preferred
- Three or more years of evaluation experience, preferably involving educators and students in grades 6-12.
- Ability to merge, clean, and analyze quantitative datasets using SPSS or R
- Ability to create data visualizations in GoogleSheets and GoogleSlides that are easy for a non-technical audience to understand
- Skilled at presenting evaluation studies and results to non-technical audiences. Ability to engage the audience with clear and concise story-telling.
- Experience with developing measurement tools (e.g., surveys, focus group and interview protocols) for various audiences, including students, educators, school leaders, and community members
- Strong writing skills
- Strong communication and organizational skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects effectively
- Ability to work individually and as a member of multiple cross-organizational teams
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Creative, energetic, self-starting
- Demonstrated commitment to Facing History’s mission
Facing History proudly values diversity. To read our full statement on diversity, please follow this link. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applications only accepted online at www.facinghistory.org/careers