Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab Deputy Director

Job description

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab ("Colorado Lab") is a collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado Governor's office. The mission of the Colorado Lab is to improve services to residents of the state through research supporting the efficacy and efficiency of programs and translating that research into action. Specific projects are guided by the Governor's priority policy areas which are currently recidivism reduction, affordable housing/homelessness, and system-involved youth. However, these priorities are subject to change when a new governor enters office in January 2019.

Although the Colorado Lab is in the early stages of building out a staff, the expectation is that in the next two years the team will consist of the Director, Deputy Director, two Project Manager/Sr. Analysts, two Analysts, and at least two graduate assistants. Colorado Lab staff at all levels will be required to possess a solid intuitive understanding of rigorous research methods and why they work, strong written and oral communication skills for explaining technical topics to non-experts, and coding skills necessary to manage and analyze longitudinal data efficiently. Staff members will be expected to engage in a collaborative learning environment where employees are highly responsive to each other as well as to government and research partners. Staff will hold themselves and each other responsible for completing high quality, well-documented work in a timely fashion. As part of a small organization, all staff members will be expected to engage in data analysis and related activities on an as-needed basis.

Essential Functions

The Colorado Lab seeks a Deputy Director with significant experience in government partnerships and designing rigorous research studies who can:

  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing about the work of the Colorado Lab.
  • Cultivate reciprocal partnerships with the Governor's office, governmental agencies, and external researchers.
  • Oversee identification, selection, and analysis plan development for new projects.
  • Hire and supervise staff.
  • Provide scientific and communications oversight for projects.
  • Engage in other duties as necessary, requested, and appropriate to support the Director in pursuit of the mission.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree
  • At least seven years of work experience
  • In-depth knowledge of at least one major area of domestic social policy (e.g., education, criminal justice, homelessness, system-involved youth, mental and behavioral health, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in public policy, economics, psychology, law, or a related field
  • Graduate level coursework in statistics, econometrics, psychometrics, or research methods

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST) Friday, February 2, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Continued employment is contingent upon budget approval by the Colorado Lab's philanthropic funder (expected no later than March, 2018).




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Job No: 005903
Posted: 1/17/2018
Application Due: 3/18/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable