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Join our team and help us unite people and organizations to build a healthy, stable and well-educated community where individuals, families, and neighborhoods thrive. We offer competitive salaries and wages, a generous benefit package, a team-oriented work environment, flexible schedules, and a culture that combines meaningful work with a fun-loving atmosphere.

 

 
 
 

 
Title: Director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (DAR)
Reports to: CEO of UWNU and Director of Ogden United Promise Neighborhood (OUPN)
 
The Director will play the critical role of guiding organizational efforts in the use of proven best practices to generate meaningful change. The Director will play a leadership role at UWNU, guiding both the Ogden United PN partners and the UWNU team in their assessment, research, and evaluation needs. The Director will help strengthen the nonprofit sector in Northern Utah by enhancing organizational effectiveness in individual UWNU/OUPN partner agencies, and increase UWNU’s organizational effectiveness for the services it provides. 
 
The Director will lead the evaluation team in all phases of the research process, from conceptualization (defining key implementation/outcome measures, developing data collection protocols), to implementation (data collection and analysis), to dissemination (report preparation and presentation of findings). This includes working to identify and guide what data to track, how to track it, assessing and interpreting the data that is tracked, and monitoring the data over time toward goals and benchmarks.The right candidate will have extensive experience in Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, be adaptable and resourceful within a changing environment, and be able to visualize and work toward long-term goals. 
 
Key responsibilities:
 
Leadership
  • Skilled at providing expertise in a team environment as well as building upon core competencies of colleagues and partners. Able to facilitate meaningful dialogue and support colleagues and partners with expertise in group/team environments. Able to apply knowledge and skills for practical applied application. Able to communicate complex data in a way that is accessible, in lay terms, to a broad range of stakeholders.
 
Data Analysis & Forecasting
  • Results Based Accountability: Manage and oversee a system of accountability and continuous improvement for community-wide outcomes (population level) and program outcomes (program level) among OUPN partners and community stakeholders. Guide the identification of proper outcomes/measures in areas of our work where they are not yet established. Create a clear vision and strategic plan of continuous improvement for the initiative as well as its aligned programs. 
  • Progress Tracking and Targeting: Guide UWNU staff and OUPN community partners in the development of realistic targets/goals and support the tracking of progress. Implement systems to track progress of individual students, target populations, cohorts, etc. 
  • Oversee (and/or perform) data analysis: Quantitative and qualitative analysis as well as mixed method analysis. 
  • Develop Measures: Guide the development of internal and external measures for other UWNU services including resource development and community services.
 
Data Management
  • Longitudinal Data Management Software (Efforts to Outcomes): Oversee the implementation and expansion of ETO database. Work alongside and guide the ETO Database Manager who provides technical support and refines the system to meet defined needs. Refine system usage to allow for data sharing between partners.
  • Data Sharing Agreements:  Establish and implement a long-term system of data sharing agreements among partners. Revisit and revise agreements regularly to ensure relevancy. Ensure data security protocols and training are completed for data shared.
  • Data Dashboard: Work in partnership with Ogden School District’s (OSD) leadership to oversee the design and implementation of a district data dashboard that includes data from schools (e.g. attendance, grades, behavior, assessments) and from community partners who provide services to students. Director will likely co-supervise a Programmer hired through OSD to develop the dashboard.       
 
Data Integration and Presentation
  • Help UWNU staff and OUPN partners design and build standard reports and present findings (to management, key partners, and funders). Provide hands-on support (and oversee) analysis of those reports, to pull out insights, and to use those insights to guide short-term decision making and longer-term strategic planning.
  • Work across all departments/teams to identify and anticipate data needs, build solutions, and guide people to use those solutions to act. Work with management team to maintain and to promote use of organizational dashboards that has views appropriate for our Board of Directors, management team, individual departments, and organization as a whole. 
  • Ability to manage various data platforms and dashboards in order to produce reports.
  • Support with preparation of Strategic Plan, and incorporation of data and performance measures (also reporting on those in Annual Report). Ensure all published data is appropriately vetted with partners, appropriately sourced, and explained thoroughly.
  • Play key role representing UWNU’s data infrastructure, analysis, and visualizations to UWNU Board of Directors, Ogden United Committee, key donors, and other stakeholders. 
  • Support with the integration of Performance Indicators into job descriptions.
  • Grant Writing and Reporting: Assist with grant development, writing and reporting, so that we effectively use data to support new and ongoing funding for key UWNU projects and initiatives.
 
Other
  • Security Protocols and Training: Ensure proper security protocols are in place, and that trainings are completed (FERPA, HIPAA, Utah Student Privacy Act).  
  • Weber State University’s Center for Community Engaged Learning Research Extension (WSU-CCEL-RE): Research: Oversee the OUPN contract with the RE (with the support of the Director of OUPN) for research and program evaluation needs. Leverage WSU partnership and the support of Research Assistants in coordination with RE Data Analyst. Develop and implement data-driven systems/processes to inform the work. 
  • Utah Education Policy Center:  Be the point person (under the guidance of the Director of OUPN) on the external evaluation of two Partnership for Student Success grants through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).
  • Evaluation Advisory Group: Recruit members for an Evaluation Advisory Group and facilitate biannual meetings.
 
Position Requirements:
  • Master’s in Education, Public Policy, Statistics, Program Evaluation or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in research and evaluation field
  • Strong knowledge in methods of program evaluation, continuous improvement, and social science research methods
  • Demonstrate an ability to collaborate with multiple institutions
  • Experience working on federally funded and/or grant-funded projects
  • Ability to build relationships with a cross-sector range of stakeholders in the local 
  • and regional area
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to plan, manage, and follow through on multiple projects
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • High standards of professional ethics and conduct
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with qualitative or quantitative analysis
  • Recognize the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results
  • Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior
  • Collaborative and provide creative supports for the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization
  • Strong skills in office productivity tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in Education, Public Policy, Statistics, Program Evaluation or related field
  • 10+ years working in educational research or program evaluation
  • Extensive educational research experience either in quantitative research or qualitative research
  • Experience developing foundational evaluation documentation, including evaluation plans, logic models, theories of change, data collection protocols, workplans, and timelines
  • Experience preparing and submitting required study materials – including data collection protocols, Memoranda of Understanding, Data Sharing Agreements, and client consents – to Institutional Review Boards
  • Knowledge of FERPA, HIPAA and Utah Student Privacy Act regulations and data privacy standards
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software (such as SPSS, “R” or equivalent software), conducting qualitative analysis (using NVivo or equivalent software), longitudinal case management software (ETO or other)
  • Experience visualizing data in accessible formats, using Excel and software such as Tableau
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time to effectively contribute to multiple data collection efforts simultaneously in an efficient manner
  • Ability to be flexible in responding to emerging evaluation needs
  • Experience with complex project management
  • Strong public speaker; comfortable speaking in front of large audiences
  • Database development experience 
  • Experience working within a Collective Impact framework
  • Familiarity with the landscape of education, community development, and social services 
  • networks in Ogden
 
Wage: $53,000 - $73,000 (based on experience and qualifications)
Location: Ogden, Utah
Hours: Full-time with competitive benefits package (health, dental, and 403B match of up to 10% after one year of employment).
How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Tim Jackson tjackson@uwnu.org 
Closing Date: November 17th review begins, week of November 27th interviews begin (open until filled) 
 
About United Way of Northern Utah:
United Way of Northern Utah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which serves Weber, Box Elder, and Morgan counties. Its mission is to unite people and organizations to build a healthy, stable, and well-educated community where individuals, families, and neighborhoods thrive. Website: http://www.uwnu.org
 
Core Values
Clear Sense of Service, Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, Positive Attitude       
 
About Ogden United Promise Neighborhood (Ogden United PN): The goal of Ogden United PN, of which UWNU serves as the lead agency,  is to ensure all children and youth have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and career. Ogden United PN uses the “Collective Impact“ framework to work with a wide range of community stakeholders (non-profit, public, and private). In order to achieve community-level change strong partnerships at the school, in the community, and at the regional and state level need to exist. This means developing strong relationships of trust with stakeholders; maintaining continuous communication; focusing on specific shared goals and a common agenda; using and sharing data to target resources and engage in continuous improvement processes; and aligning resources, programs, and policies into mutually-reinforcing strategies and activities.