Job opening: Evaluation Specialist

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The Down East Partnership for Children is now recruiting applicants for the following position:

Evaluation Specialist

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sydney Land, DEPC, PO Box 1245, Rocky Mount, NC 27802 or email to:  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  Down East Partnership for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


POSITION:    Evaluation Specialist

REPORTS TO:    Program Development Manager


HOURS PER WEEK:    40 Hours



Coordinate the gathering and management of all data and research for the Down East Partnership for Children to support the evaluation process.


  • To work independently
  • To be a part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • To manage multiple processes simultaneously
  • People skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Data management skills
  • Statistical analysis skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Strategic planning knowledge
  • Excellent writing skills


  • At least 3-5 years of actual experience in program evaluation and/or research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Grant writing experience preferred



Program Evaluation/Program Support

  • Complete quarterly reporting process:
    • Coordinate data collection from funded programs (internal and external)
    • Provide technical assistance to programs utilizing other reporting processes as required by funder
    • Organize data and submit to NC Partnership for Children, and other funders as needed
    • Analyze data and compile for Quarterly Review
    • Submit original quarterly reports to Operations Specialist to file in program files
    • Maintain file of copies of reports
  • Quarterly Review:
    • Facilitate the Quarterly Review Meetings and program action plans as appropriate; Develop necessary documents for meeting participants
    • Provide the Executive Director a review of quarterly program performance and spotlight areas of concern and notable successes.,
  • Review indicators to determine need for specific measurement instruments; research availability of appropriate instruments; develop new instruments as needed; and utilize as appropriate.
  • Provide support to the Program Development Manager to manage the process for review/edit/amendment of logic models for DEPC program files as required by funding sources.
  • Annually, participate in contract monitoring site visits to each externally funded program to ensure focus on long-term progress and the achievement of our Strategic Framework goals and targets.
  • As needed, research best practices for program improvement
  • Assist programs with survey development, data collection and analysis, and presentation of survey results as necessary

 Reporting & Communication of Evaluation Information

  • Review, report and evaluate yearly program evaluation data including funded program output counts, outcome results and progress toward achieving Strategic Framework targets and other evaluation standards.
  • Disseminate evaluation and strategic planning information and data to the DEPC staff, Board, committees, community partners, major funding sources and the general public as appropriate.
  • Collect any other program reports as requested by either the North Carolina Partnership for Children, SNAP-Ed, or other funders.
  • Communicate all program changes to the Program Development Manager and the R&D Director
  • Track the long-term impact of DEPC services.
Database Management/Maintenance
  • Management of GemsLite database
    • Develop processes to transition usage of the Family First database to GemsLite
    • Provide technical assistance/training for GemsLite users
    • Maintain updated information in databases (GemsLite)

Program Development/Grants Management

  • Work with funded programs and community partners to utilize data to drive programmatic and community-based planning processes.
  • With appropriate grants management team members, assist with program reporting for funding sources including
    • Data collection from subcontracted programs
    • Report writing and editing


Strategic Framework/Model of Services Evaluation

With Research & Development Director, and Program Development Manager support evaluation of the DEPC Strategic Framework and the model of services including:

  • As needed, manage needs assessment process including summarizing and reporting the results.
  • Work with funded programs to incorporate use of specific measurements database and/or other evaluation methods, as needed.
  • Assist in all Grant Evaluation Projects, which may include coordinating data collection of child assessments, family, and teacher surveys.


  • Monitor local statistics relating to quality of life for children and families.
  • Provide support to the Program Development Manager for planning and facilitating the Evaluation Committee as the oversight committee for the evaluation process.
  • Collaborate with the Program Development Manager to ensure ongoing information sharing.
  • Attend Early Childhood Community Partners, DEPC staff, Research & Development team, DEPC Executive Committee, and Board meetings as necessary to report on evaluation activities and build data use skills.
  • Attend local, regional, and state evaluation meetings or conferences.
  • Responsible and accountable to the R&D Director for day-to-day activities.
  • Responsible for other duties as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director and Research & Development Director.



  • A BA or BS degree in a field with a strong math and/or statistical background. Masters preferred.



  • While performing this job the employee is:
    • Frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms; and talk or hear
    • Periodically required to stand; walk, stoop, kneel
    • Occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision and the ability to adjust focus to operate the computer

The position also requires the ability to periodically work under time pressure

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