Program Evaluation Specialist (Research Associate) - Health Affairs 14614
The West Virginia University Office of Health Affairs is seeking applications for a Program Evaluation Specialist (Research Associate) located in Charleston, WV. The program evaluator creates a review process to evaluate the effectiveness of programs by developing feedback methods, conducting user interviews and recording results for evaluation. The Program Evaluator must be able to analyze and interpret data, develop written and oral report, and have a demonstrated history of contribution to the field through publishing. The program evaluator should be familiar with current data-gathering techniques and technology, and have reporting experience with at least one area of federally sponsored program evaluation guidelines, such as by the Centers for Disease Control, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge of interviewing techniques are also required. The ideal candidate has a team-oriented attitude for training others in the program and a professional demeanor for interacting with stakeholders and program users
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Monitor and evaluate quality improvement initiatives through data collection and analysis;
Design and develop data collection measures and program evaluation tools;
Manage and upgrade currently used databases
Conduct routine analysis on program process and outcome data;
Identify program improvement initiatives by working closely with program staff;
Provide relevant training to staff on different evaluation aspects;
Draft written reports and presentations related to evaluation process and findings;
Develop novel, comprehensive evaluation plans that include program logic models and both process and outcome measures.
Prepare for and conduct meetings and presentations, effectively and professionally;
Update computer based learning content in all relevant systems;
Develop data collection protocol and instrumentation necessary to conduct in-depth studies;
Manage internal data record keeping and refinement;
Responsibility for making and/or contributing to important decisions about the program's effectiveness, focus, and management;
Build internal evaluation capacity with all full-time program employees;
Manage data agreements and relationships with all necessary stakeholders and partners;
Earned PhD in Public Health or related field; Or a combination of education and experience.
Two (2) years of experience managing and directing teams in programmatic improvement and demonstrated program evaluation experience required.
Extensive knowledge of best practices in program evaluation;
Ability to engage with, listen to, and learn form a broad range of evaluation stakeholders encouraging their meaningful participation;
Ability to identify limitations of one's evaluation expertise and devise methods for acquiring additional evaluation knowledge when necessary;
Ability to educate program staff and partners about evaluation concepts and methods;
Skilled in working with stakeholders to develop feasible recommendations based on data collected and interpreted;
Ability to prepare and present evaluation results in a manner that increases the likelihood that they will be used and accepted by a diverse group of stakeholders;
Ability to develop action plans and systems to facilitate and track implementation of evaluation findings and recommendations;
Skilled in developing and implementing a communications and dissemination plan as requested or required.
About WVU At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: May 7, 2021
Posting Classification: FE/AP
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 201982
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.