The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing approximately 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a Full-time Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist.
The Senior Research and Evaluation (R&E) Specialist is primarily responsible for the management, development and implementation of research and evaluation projects for internal and external clients. The Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist is an individual contributor at the senior specialist level in a specific area of expertise and is accountable for professional functions and/or systems.
The Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist for R&E at the Senior Specialist level may provide guidance to other professionals and administrative staff either in a supervisory, project management, or technical capacity. The Senior Specialist is considered a career level professional and utilizes independent judgement consistently in their work. Work at this level requires substantial knowledge in an area of specialization with both the conceptual understanding and sufficient professional experience to work on complex assignments with minimal supervision.
CORE COMPETENCIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses reason, intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES:
Data Collection and Management
Supports qualitative and quantitative research and analyses for major surveys of LHD infrastructure.
Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert (SME) to other NACCHO programs for data collection activities, including use of specialized survey software (Qualtrics) across the organization, as well as a consult on questionnaire design, data cleaning and analysis plans.
Develops and manages data cleaning and analysis plans and codebooks, conducts quality assurance checks on data, performs statistical analyses, and develops reports/products on research and evaluation results.
Designs and manages evaluation activities for NACCHO programs
Conducts evaluation data collection activities, including interviews and focus groups, pre/post tests of program interventions; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; and report development.
Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert (SME) to other NACCHO programs for evaluation activities.
Other Research & Evaluation Contributions
Co-authors written products based on R&E-led studies, including methodology, charts, figures, and analytical text.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in relevant professional field with a minimum of 4-6 years relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, including a relevant certification.
Documented experience in completing or managing evaluation projects
Experience using and administering web-based survey systems (Qualtrics preferred)
Experience with statistical programs (Stata required)
Experience with qualitative data analysis
Ability to develop data collection instruments in paper and web-based formats
The physical demands described here 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
Occasionally required to sit and walk.
Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.
Occasionally required to talk or hear.
Occasionally required to bend, lift or climb stairs.
Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds).
The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate.
SELECTION PROCESS: We only accept applications that follow the electronic process. No phone calls please. This position is subject to background screening. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, one writing sample, and one statistical coding sample (i.e. Stata .do file or similar)
NACCHO offers generous benefits plan including but not limited to 13 days of sick leave annual leave allowable accumulation up to 225 hours, and paid vacation leave, as well as other types of leave. NACCHO benefits include a generous health, dental, and vision plan, 5 percent of base salary contribution to 403(b) plan, (not a matching contribution); paid short and long term disability plan and paid term life insurance.
At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Internal Number: PN - 98
National Association of City & County Health Officials