Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development
Application Deadline: May 5, 2019; Open until filled
ABOUT THIS POSITION
In the Center for Family Development, our financial capability and resource management programming addresses a variety of different audiences and has an impact at all levels (i.e. individual, family, community). Financial capability programming efforts provide educational opportunities aimed at improving the financial well-being of low income individuals, families and diverse groups. Program topics include navigating the banking system, improving the use of credit, building assets and improving general financial well being. The overall goal of our programming is to increase awareness of financial issues leading towards attitudinal change, eventual behavior change, and long term financial well-being.
Working closely with the Applied Research and Evaluation Team, the Financial Resource Management team and the Family Resiliency Program leader, the role of this person will be to lead and build the capacity of the evaluation infrastructure for the Financial Capability program area in the Center for Family Development. This position will provide both funding and mentoring for an emerging scholar with an interest in applied research. The goal of this position is to produce high quality research products, a sustainable evaluation system for the program’s future, as well as to support scholars to become leaders in the field of financial capability and resource management.
This position is supported by the Jean W. Bauer Fund in Financial Management. Dr. Jean W. Bauer was an Extension family resource management specialist and professor in the Department of Family Social Science who passed away in 2012. Dr. Bauer’s body of work focused on the economic well-being of families and communities.
Program Evaluation (60%)
Develop an overarching logic model for our financial capability programming
Develop a common measurement tool to measure impact for use with participants in direct education, individual education, class based education, and professional education
Develop and implement a reporting system infrastructure that allows for aggregate evaluation and monitoring of our financial capability programs
Develop evaluation tools and systems as needed (for example, for the online financial toolkit and videos)
Develop and design an annual report template that can be used for our financial capability programming
Align data collection with federal reporting outcomes
Develop an organizational survey to collect partnership data on an annual basis
Develop a blended financial capability and SNAP-Ed evaluation (ideally Spanish and English versions)
Lead scholarship efforts
Design a small impact study of select financial capability programs
Training and Support (10%)
Consult with educators regarding best practices for developing evaluations depending upon the educational format and content
Serve as a team member on the national Common Measures Team
Develop a program evaluation training and toolkit for Extension educators
Connect with state agencies and other key stakeholders
Initial appointment will be for 12 months with the possibility to extend pending the availability of funds, performance, and project needs. Anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. This is a University of Minnesota Academic Professional and Administrative appointment, job code 9546, Post-Doctoral Associate. Benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page: www.umn.edu/ohr/eb.
PhD (at the time of hire) in human development and family studies, public health, applied economics, sociology, or public policy with an emphasis on program evaluation, resource management, or a related area by the time of hire
Ability to contribute to Extension’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
Strong record of academic achievement
Strong quantitative skills demonstrated through class work and scholarship
Strong writing and verbal skills in English
Demonstrated experience in program evaluation
Proficiency in statistical software programs such as SPSS and/or R
Proficiency in database management in Excel
Demonstrated knowledge and skills to work with diverse audiences
Demonstrated ability to read and speak in a second language to English (ideally Spanish)
Experience working in Extension and knowledge of the land-grant system
Experience teaching or developing financial education programs
Experience developing and/or using evaluation survey and measurement tools
Experience using Qualtrics
Internal Number: 329844
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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