University of Michigan — Evaluation Specialist

EVALUATION SPECIALIST 
University of Michigan School of Education, Ann Arbor, MI 
Full-time | $55,000 – $65,000

Job Summary
The position of Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for working directly with the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research’s Evaluation Coordinator to respond to and coordinate evaluation requests, consult with faculty experts on the particular substance of the evaluation request, and organize staff members and students to assist with the work. The successful candidate for the evaluation specialist position will have intermediate to advanced quantitative skills and will be able to help build capacity for quantitative work within CEDER.

CEDER is a University of Michigan School of Education center devoted to generating and contracting projects that produce high-quality designs, evaluations, and research on teaching, learning, leadership, and policy at multiple levels of education. All projects are aimed at serving society by producing new knowledge about education and by translating research into equitable and just learning opportunities in schools, universities, and community-based education organizations. Specifically, CEDER supports and generates projects on the design and evaluation of education curricula, programs, technology tools, and software with and for other units on campus and for K-12 and informal learning settings in surrounding communities. In addition, CEDER fosters partnerships among the School of Education (SOE), other U-M campus units, and K-12 education institutions (both formal and informal) across the state of Michigan. CEDER staff members both generate and accept requests for partnerships. The majority of CEDER’s work is funded by external grants. This position is term-limited to two years with a goal of continuing the positon pending funding.

Responsibilities*
The Evaluation Specialist will report directly to CEDER’s Evaluation Coordinator. Specific tasks will include:

  • Collaboratively designing, managing, and performing process and impact evaluations. This work will include evaluating the effectiveness of curriculum and other programs in meeting goals, participating with faculty on research and evaluations, developing evaluation designs for faculty and external client grants.
  • Communicating with faculty and other clients.
  • Report writing.
  • Developing proposals and scopes of work for clients, including budget and effort estimates for clients.
  • Leading the evaluation work of teams consisting of regular evaluation staff, temp hourly doctoral and master’s students, and evaluation interns.
  • Managing team activities in project management software.
  • Attending and leading evaluation-related meetings.
  • Strengthening CEDER’s capacity for advanced quantitative work, including cross training evaluation team members in quantitative methods, as needed.
  • Assisting in maintaining a database of CEDER’s evaluation activities.
  • Assisting in developing a pricing model for CEDER’s evaluation services.

Required Qualifications*
Applicants should have intermediate to advanced quantitative skills and experience developing and implementing experimental and/or quasi-experimental research or evaluation designs. The ability to lead teams in implementing quantitative or mixed methods designs and to assist in cross training team members is essential. Successful candidates will demonstrate initiative; willingness to work independently and collaboratively; and excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills. The ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable environment is essential. The successful applicant will be flexible and friendly, able to communicate and get along with a wide range of people. Knowledge of and background in education studies and education evaluation is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Earned doctorate (or ABD with completion anticipated within six months) in higher education, educational studies, public policy, economics, social work, public health, statistics, or related fields. Commensurate professional experience would be considered.
  • Evidence of experience with research and evaluation using intermediate to advanced quantitative methodologies such a dissertation work or papers published in peer-reviewed journals or commensurate professional activities.
  • Facility with statistical packages, especially STATA or R.
  • Experience and coursework in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Knowledge of University of Michigan policies and operations and of communities across southeastern Michigan is strongly preferred but not required.

Additional Information
Please note that this position is term limited but may have the possibility of extension based on available funding.The starting salary may vary depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan School of Education is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We seek to be supportive and interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career and academic paths.

The Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) at the University of Michigan School of Education is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

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