Senior Evaluator & Research Analyst

Location
VSAC, headquartered in Winooski, Vermont, minutes away from Lake Champlain and Burlington, Vermont
Posted
May 11, 2017
Ref
IHE100
Institution Type
Outside Academe

We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals.

VSAC, headquartered in Winooski, Vermont, is minutes away from Lake Champlain and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, farmers market, riverfront parks and walking paths. We offer an onsite fitness room, onsite café, wellness classes, and a relaxed yet dynamic & professional environment. VSAC offers a dynamic, professional environment with competitive compensation and generous benefits package. Apply on line at www.vsac.org.

This position is responsible for developing, implementing and executing ongoing research and evaluation activities for a U.S. Department of Education funded GEAR UP program. GEAR UP is designed to increase the Postsecondary aspirations, preparation, and enrollment of youth from families with limited incomes or without previous parental college experience.

The Senior Evaluation and Research Analyst is responsible for program evaluation planning and execution including overseeing data collection, data management, planning and conducting quantitative and qualitative research studies, dissemination of research and evaluation findings through local and national presentations, and report writing including research and policy briefs, white papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

This is a grant funded position that is contingent on continued grant funds.

Job Functions

  • Develop, implement and execute required U.S. Department of Education evaluation activities designed to determine the extent to which Vermont GEAR UP key practices are effective and contribute to increasing student achievement and postsecondary success. Activities include leadership on the Annual Performance Report, Biennial Evaluation Report, and surveys, as appropriate. Compliance with the grant’s program evaluation is also required. These functions entail work from data collection and management to reporting and supporting staff to use data and outcomes to drive program management. 
  • Oversee and assist with evaluation design and quality control of data collection processes to ensure that data collected are valid and reliable measures that can be used for documenting results, helping projects to improve, and building models to understand why projects have the impacts they do. Planning, leading, and executing embedded and/or ad-hoc research and evaluation projects. This involves planning, liaising with partners, and reporting.
  • Coordinate collection of data elements with GEAR UP schools and the Vermont Department of Education to carry out a quasi-experimental evaluation (e.g. propensity score matching) of the Vermont GEAR UP program. Build on the research work at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to enhance the overall work of the organization. Work with the VSAC research team to bridge the work across the state. 
  • Develop research methodology and procedures. Provide quarterly research and evaluation updates to ensure projects are in place to meet deadlines.
  • Interpret trends and results of studies, develop conclusions, make recommendations and draft reports of findings in appropriate format for various users. Prepare local and national presentations to highlight the work of GEAR UP and/or VSAC. Disseminate research results in written, narrative, graphic and tabular form, and make oral presentation of findings. Represent VSAC with external constituencies and at external meetings and task forces as assigned.
  • Supervise graduate students and interns as needed.

Qualifications

Education:

  • Master’s degree in related field required; Doctorate in education, statistics, analytics or other related field is preferred

Experience/Skills and/or years of specific experience:

  • 3 to 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience with educational program evaluation and research studies in a professional setting
  • Thorough knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics and related software;
  • Outstanding writing and presentation skills, logical, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interest in working in a collaborative environment;
  • Advanced skill with MS Office: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, SAS, and SPSS or other statistical software required
  • Ability to administer and analyze surveys
  • Strong skill set in formative data-driven evaluation
  • Familiarity with federal grant reporting preferred;
  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Basic Skills in operating computers, keyboard, standard office equipment, and standard office software (Microsoft Office preferred)

Additional Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, along with satisfactory DMV motor vehicle check
  • Required to provide one’s own legally inspected, registered, and insured motor vehicle(s)