Participatory Evaluation Project Manager - Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Location: Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 21001785
Participatory Evaluation Project Manager - Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development - (21001785)
This is a 1-year (with possible extension to 2 years) grant-funded position starting in September 2021. This is a grant funded position and is not eilgible for severance pay.
TIER comprises a group of researchers committed to conducting high-quality, collaborative program evaluation aimed at improving policies and programs for children, families, and communities. We conduct a range of mixed methods evaluations for family support programs across Massachusetts and other locales. TIER offers excellent work-life balance, a friendly and supportive work environment, and access to the full range of research resources (e.g., technology, statistical software, libraries). To learn more about our work, please view our website: https://sites.tufts.edu/tier/ . Once you have read through this job description carefully, if you are interested in applying, please submit your job application, resume/CV, and cover letter detailing both your work experience and career goals as they align with the job description and TIER's work overall.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is subcontracting to TIER to work on a grant aimed at reducing health disparities related to COVID-19. The goals of the grant are to improve testing and contact tracing capabilities; develop innovative mitigation and prevention resources and services; improve data collection and reporting; build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support; and mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19.
As part of this grant, DPH has contracted TIER to run an evaluation and policy analysis project to ensure Massachusetts residents with lived experience in the communities prioritized in the grant are an active part of the evaluation process and public health response. Using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, TIER will recruit, hire, train, and support a cadre of community evaluators to work with our team to co-create and implement policy analyses, needs assessments, and evaluation projects, and to collaborate with DPH to translate findings into program and policy recommendations. The only criteria for individuals to apply to be community evaluators is that they have some experience with organizing or advocacy work and are interested in learning about evaluation and are committed to advancing racial and health equity in their own communities.
The CBPR project manager will manage all aspects of this project. They will oversee the recruitment, selection, training, and mentorship of the community evaluators. They will work with the community evaluators, the TIER team, and our partners at MDPH to design and implement innovative, information-gathering projects on topics related to COVID-19, with a specific focus on racial equity and the social determinants of health. The CBPR project manager will be the primary liaison with MDPH; this will include facilitating community evaluators' work on other MDPH program and policy analysis projects, to identify policy analysis priorities, define or refine evaluation questions, ensure methods are equitable and capture the voices of underrepresented populations, interpret findings, and ensure reports and other outputs are useful for a range of audiences. This position will report to TIER principal investigators and work closely with other members of the TIER team.
We are looking for someone who is extremely knowledgeable about CBPR (and/or related community engagement work), and has experience conducting evaluation or related projects that are centered on health equity and racial justice. This individual will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands from a range of constituents. The candidate will have strong organizational and management experience and skill in innovative research and evaluation methods with a range of program stakeholders (e.g., participants, program staff, administrators, and funders). The candidate will have experience writing, visualizing, and disseminating findings for multiple audiences and will be prepared to showcase some previous work. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in community engagement and/or community organizing efforts.
Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by Master's degree and 5-7 years of related experience or Ph.D. in program evaluation, policy, psychology, child development, education, or closely related field, and relevant evaluation experience. Desired experience with CBPR methods and innovative research and evaluation methods
Strong and demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and social justice
Knowledge of Massachusetts' communities and family support programs
Knowledge of various evaluation designs and experience managing evaluations and evaluators
Experience designing and conducting evaluation and policy analysis projects using innovative methods with diverse stakeholders in various setting
Experience using qualitative data analysis software, ideally NVivo
Knowledge of methods for protecting confidential data
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple streams of work simultaneously
Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team, yet feel comfortable making decisions independently
Strong writing skills and ability to prepare clear documentation
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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