Visiting Evaluation Specialist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1700345)

Champaign, IL
Jun 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Evaluation Specialist

Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Evaluation Specialist to coordinate and oversee program and project evaluations for the Energy Research & Development group to evaluate if and how programs and projects are meeting stated goals and objectives. The results from program and project evaluations will be used to create strategies for community and stakeholder engagement that address controversial energy issues such as carbon capture storage, nuclear energy, and use of coal resources. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Implement web-based surveys and create system for tracking participants and responses regarding program and project objectives, stakeholder (e.g. individuals and groups from academia, industry, students, teachers, community members, government officials) opinions and concerns regarding energy-related activities. Conduct interviews and/or focus groups with stakeholders and program evaluation participants to gain information about perspectives, concerns, efficiency of programs, methods for improvement, and ways in which PRI, ER&D, and other groups can contribute to energy research that benefits citizens of Illinois. Conduct stakeholder analyses, analyze data, and prepare reports for supervisors, PRI management, federal funding agencies, private grant providers, and other interested parties. Conduct evaluations of educational programs and provide support and evaluation feedback for educational activities, knowledge sharing workshops, and capacity building tours. Track evaluation, education, and stakeholder engagement activities. Draft literature reviews, interim, and final reports. Collect data on a monthly/yearly basis from stakeholder participants and report information. Determine data gaps for further analytical work needed by programs or projects to achieve goals and objectives, define new projects, and provide recommendations for improvement or new research directions. Review data for quality control criteria and completeness for analytical integrity, program and project recommendations, and to ensure funder requirements are met. Prepare data for progress reports, data summaries, presentations, posters, and journal articles. Attend and participate in meetings, seminars, and conferences. Participate in other educational programs and evaluations. Participate in grant writing to apply program and project evaluation methods to new energy-related stakeholder management and science in society areas of study.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in education, evaluation, or social science research based discipline. Master's degree is preferred. Experience with program evaluation with demonstrated expertise in conducting focus groups, designing and executing electronic surveys, conducting interviews, and providing in person observational reporting. Knowledge of data analysis for the evaluation of program implementation and overall impact required. Ability to conduct social science and evaluation research for multiple program platforms such as education, stakeholder analysis, science programs. Ability collect meticulous field notes and data. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Organization and planning skills to conduct evaluation activities and meet deadlines in a timely and efficient manner. Initiative to work independently and meet goals and deadlines. Effective interpersonal skills to actively collaborate in a team environment.

This is a visiting, full-time, contract-funded, academic professional position based on continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by June 22, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey/Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Evaluation Specialist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1700345)
Open Date: 06/08/2017
Close Date: 06/22/2017
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey


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