Senior Evaluator (Research Associate)

University of Colorado - School of Education & Human Development

Senior Evaluator (Research Associate)

The Evaluation Center at the University of Colorado Denver is seeking a dynamic, highly qualified, highly motivated, team oriented, full-time Senior Evaluator to lead the program evaluation work currently underway on two high profile, federally funded public health projects. These projects demand rigorous methodologies, mixed-methods approaches and the engagement of stakeholders at multiple levels to evaluate/assess organizational change across these levels. This individual will have the opportunity to serve as the lead evaluator for these two major projects by continuing existing work and contributing new program evaluation approaches to the design. This person will also be a member of the Leadership Team that provides input into the direction of The Evaluation Center organization.

The Evaluation Center is housed within the School of Education and Human Development but operates as a separate, autonomous, not-for-profit entity with the backing of a major research university. This unique situation allows the Center to operate independently and to provide external evaluation services to clients aligned with our vision and mission both inside and outside of the University. Our clients include nonprofit organizations, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other community organizations.

This position is provides the opportunity to work in a collegial, supportive and flexible work environment. We encourage professional development and the University of Colorado offers generous health and vacation benefits.

Mission Statement:

We strive to make evaluation a valued and widely accepted practice by increasing the use and understanding of evaluation. We collaborate with our clients to support evidence-informed programs, practices, and policies in schools, institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Guiding Principles:
  • We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices.
  • We strive to understand the context and communities in which we work.
  • We use rigorous and innovative quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.
  • We help clients obtain and use information to make informed decisions about the implementation and effectiveness of their programs and policies.
  • We make evaluation meaningful and accessible to multiple audiences.
  • We support the development of evaluation capacity and its use within institutions and organizations.
  • We provide real world evaluation opportunities for graduate students to apply coursework and gain evaluation expertise.
  • We advocate for the value and use of evaluation by a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Our work advances the field of evaluation.

NOTE: This is not an academic position. The position does not include teaching responsibilities.

Job Summary:
  • Serve as lead evaluator on complex evaluation projects
  • Work closely with clients to develop a program evaluation plan/design
  • Develop and implement mixed method evaluation designs including identification of theoretical frameworks, methods, and instruments
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Create a variety of ways to share evaluation data with program stakeholders
  • Prepare appropriate reports for various audiences and stakeholders including state policy makers and funders
  • Organize and maintain project materials
  • Provide technical assistance to team members
  • Identify funding for new projects and develop corresponding proposals
  • Work collaboratively with all evaluation team members

Project Descriptions:

Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CCTSI):

The primary goal of the CCTSI is to accelerate the process by which new discoveries are made and translated (i.e., applied) to enhance clinical and community-based practice.

The CCTSI evaluation spans multiple disciplines, involves rigorous methodologies and mixed-methods approaches, and relies heavily on the engagement of stakeholders at multiple levels (from local program managers, to the CCTSI executive leadership, to NIH representatives). Our team has developed a number of innovative tools and instruments to respond to the demands of evaluating/assessing organizational change across these levels and will be asked to do more. Examples of methods utilized in the evaluation of the CCTSI include: Progress monitoring (involves engaging stakeholders in logic modeling - the development of proximal and distal outcomes, anchored by a long-term vision), case studies and longitudinal assessment of cohorts (e.g., of pilot project and career development awardees), social network analysis and bibliometric analysis, and workflow and cycle-time analyses.

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center:

The mission of the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) is to improve the health of older Veterans through the development of innovative research, clinical and educational initiatives.

The Evaluation Center supports the GRECC in four primary ways: 1) by collaborating with GRECC administrators to compile and report GRECC performance measures semi-annually; 2) by collaborating with the Research Associate Director (AD) to track the evolving portfolio and progress of aging-related research; 3) by collaborating with the Education AD to assess the impact of education initiatives on fellows, trainees and allied health students, as well as primary care physicians; and 4) by collaborating with the Clinical AD on robust evaluation studies focused on the translation of research through clinical demonstration.

  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team and contribute to the direction of The Evaluation Center
  • Support the work of nonprofit clients engaged in work aligned with the vision and mission of The Evaluation Center
  • Work with a dynamic team to develop and implement innovative program evaluation
  • Grow professionally
  • Work in a flexible, scholarly environment
  • Publish and present contributions to the evaluation field

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $78,000 to $90,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or Master's degree with multiple years of experience, preferably in evaluation of programs in medical education, public health or related fields.
  • 5+ years' professional full-time experience in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis. (with at least part of that time in an external evaluation setting)
  • 3+ years' experience as a project lead in a research/evaluation, consulting, or public health organization.
  • Demonstrated experience, building client relationships, supervising staff, preparing reports, making oral presentations, and writing proposals.
  • Experience designing and implementing robust mixed-methods evaluations.
  • Willingness to travel (local, national, international).
  • Experience working in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Health Education, Program Evaluation or related fields

Competencies / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • The skill to identify relevant theoretical frameworks to inform instrument development and evaluation design;
  • A strong background knowledge of program evaluation (particularly utilization-focused, systems-level, and participatory approaches);
  • A high level of knowledge and skill in technology (or the ability to become readily adept with technological systems and various technological solutions) e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, NVivo, ACCESS;
  • The ability to assimilate large amounts of information and distill themes, patterns, and nuances;
  • Excellent writing skills (including editing and proofreading) as well as strong verbal communication skills (public speaking); the ability to tailor written, visual and verbal presentations to different audiences, as appropriate;
  • The ability and desire to be a competent, contributing member of a dynamic team;
  • A high level of integrity and personal ethics;
  • A solid work ethic, is dependable and focused;
  • Outstanding organization and time management skills, and is detailed orientated;
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Self-motivation and the ability to lead and manage multiple large-scale, multi-faceted projects;
  • The knowledge and ability to seek out resources to locate and analyze data from secondary data sources;
  • An appreciation for collaboration and teamwork;
  • The ability and desire to provide leadership, mentoring, direction, supervision, and training to evaluation specialists and graduate students;
  • The ability to think and brainstorm creatively to identify the most efficient and interesting methods for conducting evaluations; and
  • A desire to continue to grow professionally.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the application process or submission of application materials should be directed to: or 303-315-0010.

Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair: Jeffrey Proctor at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9508

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30063 - EDUC-Ctr Collab Educ Ldrship

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 9, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jessica Coon

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00649107