The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is in search of a Director of Research, Evaluation and Data Services. With a focus on the HIV prevention, HIV care and housing program areas, the director will provide evaluation services and data quality management.
Director of Research, Evaluation and Data Services (REDS)
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We envision a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Our work focuses on improving health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, and being a bold voice for change.
We are currently seeking for an individual to serve as our Director of Research, Evaluation and Data Services (REDS). This position leads all organizational efforts related to program evaluation, outcome data collection, data analysis, and research across AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) departments. The research, evaluation and data services (REDS) department, with particular focus on the HIV prevention, HIV care and housing program areas, provides evaluation services and data quality management. The REDS Director provides overall direction and expertise to improve AFC’s programs, monitors external research and relevant evaluation findings, secures new sources of support and represents the agency at conferences and symposia. It is expected that the REDS Director will be a skilled evaluator with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience coordinating multi-year evaluation projects. The Director must be able to discuss evaluation methods and findings in a clear manner to non-academic audiences.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Evaluation and Data Services
- Design program monitoring systems, instruments and protocols for needed process and outcome data, service utilization and program effectiveness;
- Monitor and oversee evaluators and researchers working for AFC and its partnership programs;
- Promote key findings through reports, presentations and published articles that support the mission of AFC;
- Provide technical assistance, when possible, to AFC partner agencies and other stakeholders regarding evaluation activities and needs assessments.
- Promote and ensure shared-services model, meeting the analytic and reporting needs of agency-wide departments;
- Oversee and implement agency-wide quality management plan that incorporates measurable program outcomes in partnership with the head of Programs and program Directors ;
- With Program Development, assist in securing funding for larger evaluation initiatives on an ongoing basis;
- Attend staffing and committee meetings as necessary in addition to AFC agency events.
Team Leadership and Planning
- Serve on internal and external committees, including cross-departmental work groups;
- Develop annual work plans for AFC evaluation projects;
- Oversee development and achievement of team goals and related strategic plan items;
- Responsible for overall team performance and product quality; ensure ongoing productive relationships with other teams;
- Supervise Associate Director of REDS and Research and Evaluation Manager, providing guidance related to team responsibilities and projects, and strategic planning.
- Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
- Maintain and update job knowledge by participating in training and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations;
- Protect organization’s value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, or related field with a strong background in social science research and evaluation methods in social science, psychology, public health, education, social work, or a related field AND 5 or more years conducting program evaluation
- PLUS 2 or more years experience conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- PLUS 3 or more years supervisory experience
- Doctoral degree in Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, or related field with a strong background in social science research and evaluation methods in social science, psychology, public health, education, social work, or a related field
- 10 or more years experience conducting program evaluation
- 3 or more years experience creating grant proposals and reports
- 5 or more years supervisory experience
- Published and/or presented research or evaluation findings
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Requires strong background in social science research and evaluation methods. Demonstrated data analysis and interpretation skills. This includes knowledge of statistical software programs (i.e., SPSS, SAS) and the ability to import data, select the appropriate analyses, conduct the analyses, and generate output reports.
- The ability to provide efficient, quality service to both internal and external customers. This includes putting the customer first, following through on responsibilities, ensuring that promised work is completed, taking responsibility for commitments.
- Solid verbal/written communication skills. The ability to quickly and accurately process multiple types of information and/or perform multiple tasks simultaneously is critical to this role.
- Also the ability to prioritize, plan, and coordinate work activities, and manage resources so that work objectives are accomplished efficiently are key to success in this role.
Send cover letter and resume to: Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, via mail to AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 200 West Jackson Suite 2100 Chicago, IL 60606, or via fax to (312) 784-9054.
Please reference position code PROG DRD 242
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.