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4150Job Opening: DIrector of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, PHE

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  • peer.health
    Dec 12, 2013
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      Start Date: Winter 2013/2014

      Location: San Francisco, CA preferred; will consider applicants in other PHE cities (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.)

      Peer Health Exchange seeks a data driven, entrepreneurial, evaluation expert to join its growing team of talented professionals working at the exciting intersection of education reform and public health. Our highly impactful and proven model brings current college students into schools to teach a comprehensive health curriculum, giving teens the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions, while providing inspiring role models and creating lasting change in teens' lives.

      The primary role of the PHE Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning (DEOL) will be to lead PHE to understand our impact more deeply, particularly what aspects of our work drive teen health behavior change, and make better decisions about our program based on our outcomes. The DEOL will shape our infrastructure for the accurate measurement, reporting, and analysis of our work, building and supporting a "data-rich ecosystem" in which our team actively uses data to make decisions and drive program improvement and impact. As a key member of our National Program Team, the DEOL will ensure that we successfully manage a summative evaluation to measure our outcomes (conducted by an external evaluator), and develop standards and processes for ongoing program evaluation and learning integration (formative evaluation). The DEOL reports to the Vice President of Programs and will manage the Evaluation and Organizational Learning Manager.

      Specific responsibilities include:

      Rigorously evaluate the impact of Peer Health Exchange's program on the health related behaviors and decisions of teens who participate in our program

      • Lead the creation of PHE's "data rich ecosystem," inspiring and coordinating staff and volunteers across the organization to collect reliable and complete data and use it in timely and opportune way

      • Develop standards for all evaluation projects and the qualitative/quantitative data collected

      • Manage the relationship with PHE's external evaluator to conduct a summative evaluation of PHE's impact on teens

      • Manage the ongoing development and refinement of a data system to support formative evaluation (the "PHE Community") in a manner that ensures quality, reliability, and data integrity

      • Stay abreast of and adopt best practices in evaluation methods and approaches

      Translate data findings into programmatic changes and enhancements that optimize the impact of our program

      • Translate crucial evaluation findings into recommendations that inform and support the refinement of programs and inform key resource allocation and investment decisions

      • Work across the organization to ensure program enhancements are adopted and implemented in a high quality way, thereby maximizing the impact of our program

      • Create systems for using data to provide ongoing feedback to program staff for the improvement of program practices

      • Lead development of training, coaching and support for all program staff on evaluation and data analysis, so that they are equipped to meet standards for evaluation projects and can make data-driven decisions and program improvements

      • Listen to, and share knowledge with, multiple constituents, including PHE city and national staff, college volunteers, and Board members in service of improving our organizational effectiveness

      Lead the Evaluation and Organizational Learning team to successfully accomplish all goals

      • Develop top performing team that embodies organizational values and meets or exceeds performance goals

      • Manage annual and multi-year evaluation budget

      Ideal Experience

      Candidates should have the following type of experience and qualifications:

      • Strong passion for PHE's mission to give teenagers the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy decisions.

      • At least five to seven years of relevant experience:

      o Evaluating programs in terms of alignment to mission and strategy; experience in evaluating return on investment in terms that connect resources and time invested to strategic objectives.

      o Developing accessible online data repositories and tools to empower employees and volunteers to enhance their effectiveness—with access to evaluation information and the ability to conduct their own analyses.

      • High level of excitement about working alongside program developers and implementers; recognition of the symbiotic, mutually reinforcing relationship among the different roles and responsibilities.

      • Deep understanding of the relationship between program evaluation and program development.

      • Extensive knowledge of quantitative data collection and analysis, various evaluation methodologies, and different techniques for collecting and analyzing qualitative data; experience with evaluation of teen health behaviors preferred.

      • Strong project management, planning and communication competencies.

      • Experience in negotiating formal contracts and informal agreements with a variety of evaluation partners – from software companies to school districts.

      • Exceptional analytical skills and proven ability to extract meaningful conclusions from large amounts of information and tailoring it to various audiences –students, volunteers, staff, board, funders, etc..

      • A track record as an exceptional communicator, particularly in cross-cultural situations; experience preparing and making effective presentations to diverse groups large and small with different interests, priorities, and experience with data; comfort working with people of diverse cultures, linguistic groups, political/religious affiliations and philosophies is desirable.

      • Familiarity with platforms and applications that facilitate collection, reporting, and use of data (e.g., Salesforce, SPSS, Excel).

      • An advanced degree in education, statistics, sociology, psychology, or closely related field or equivalent experience; must be tied to strong research and analysis experience.

      Personal Characteristics

      The successful candidate should be:

      • Dynamic, creative, and committed to improving the health outcomes of teens.

      • An independent and open-minded individual who values and appreciates diversity, input and collaboration from various constituencies; has the ability to think creatively and explain those ideas to others.

      • Emotionally mature and self-reliant; someone who will thrive working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and growing organization; an ability to tolerate a high degree of ambiguity, and to negotiate with people having sharply defined opinions while maintaining positive, respectful relationships.

      • Striving to constantly learn, grow, and reflect on their work.

      • Courageous and exercise excellent judgment in decision-making.

      About the OrganizationPeer Health Exchange (PHE), is a national non-profit organization that gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Since our founding in 2003, we have trained more than 6,500 college student volunteers to deliver effective health education to over 72,000 public high school students in New York City, Boston, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In 2011, we launched a four year Strategic Plan that has three major priorities: deepening our impact, investing in more robust program evaluation, and developing and testing additional methods for impact, all while serving 120,000 teens by 2015.

      PHE's National Program Team oversees the development, continual improvement and evaluation of PHE's program model, and provides training, coaching and support to PHE's local program staff in order to maximize our impact on teens in each site. Over the course of the Strategic Plan, the National Program Team will also lead the development and evaluation of strategic investments aimed to improve the impact of our program model. The work of the National Program Team is concentrated in three areas: Teaching and Learning, Evaluation and Organizational Learning and Volunteer and Alumni Impact.


      Please submit a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample that illustrates your skills and experiences (3 pages or fewer) to: directorofevaluation@.... Resumes without cover letters and writing samples will not be considered. For more information about Peer Health Exchange, please visit www.peerhealthexchange.org. No phone inquiries will be accepted.