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Research & Evaluation Coordinator

Seattle & King County Public Health logoCompany: National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Location:  Denver, CO or Washington D.C.

Date Posted: September 10, 2018

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary:  Dependent on experience and qualifications


Research & Evaluation Coordinator

About NEHA

The mission of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is to advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Be part of an organization that supports thousands of members committed to ensuring that the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and play in, and the homes and buildings we live and work in are all safe to enjoy. Since 1937 NEHA has been at the crossroads wherever human health and the environment intersect. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, through grant and membership support, NEHA works with partners such as the EPA, CDC and FDA on critical and diverse issues such as climate change, food safety, water quality, preparedness and more. With over 5,000 members and a growing staff of 30 employees we work to fulfill our mission by setting standards of excellence for the profession through our credentialing program; by providing opportunities for education and training at our annual conference as well as through online and in-person courses; and by providing advocacy through our Government Affairs Department. Our headquarters is located in the Denver area.

About the Position

The Research and Evaluation Coordinator (R&E Coordinator) seeks to increase the use of rigorous monitoring and evaluation methods throughout the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and to increase the quality and impact of NEHA’s work through strengthened evaluation capacity. The Coordinator will also initiate and lead research projects on a wide variety of topics such as, the Environmental Health workforce, emerging issues and public health accreditation.

This position requires a high level of program evaluation knowledge and both the conceptual understanding and enough professional experience to work on complex assignments with minimal supervision. This position requires originality and creativity in applying the knowledge and concepts of program evaluation in the context of a non-profit association whose work is largely grant-funded. The R&E Coordinator develops evaluation frameworks, plans, and tools; provides guidance and technical assistance to other professional staff at NEHA; conducts evaluations; analyzes evaluation data; and makes recommendations to senior management. The position typically performs analysis, research, writing, or project management and can completes projects or components of large scale projects.

The R&E Coordinator is considered a career level professional reporting to the Director of Program and Partnership Development. The R&E Coordinator will be expected to communicate with internal and external stakeholders at a level commensurate with the position’s duties and expectations. This position will have frequent contact with internal and external customers that may involve project coordination, information sharing, or the resolution of problems. Travel may be required to represent NEHA at scientific or professional meetings or as required by project activities nationally or internationally.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develops and implements an efficient and comprehensive approach to evaluation at NEHA.
  • Contributes to all aspects of cross-cutting evaluations of common NEHA program activities including: identifying and analyzing internal NEHA data sources to support evaluation; developing data collection instruments; collecting data via surveys and interviews; analyzing quantitative and qualitative information; and developing reports of evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • Works to implement evaluation recommendations.
  • Develops, encourages, and coordinates staff use of standardized evaluation instruments to assess activities that are common across many NEHA programs (e.g., trainings, meetings, webinars, and demonstration site programs, provision of tools and resources, and provision of technical assistance).
  • Builds staff evaluation and monitoring capacity through on-going training such as logic model and indicator development, research for publication, analysis of evaluation data and integrating data into planning and reporting.
  • Develops and implements an efficient and comprehensive approach to evaluation at NEHA.
  • Provides technical assistance on data collection and evaluation activities for other NEHA programs, including: survey design; data cleaning and analysis; and data visualization.
  • Collects, analyzes, and summarizes evaluation data across NEHA programs and create and maintain an online data dashboard.
  • Advises NEHA staff members on evaluation design, planning, and implementation.
  • Assists NEHA staff members in selecting external consultants and monitoring the quality of their work.
  • Works with NEHA staff to publish research papers in relevant scientific journals on topics of significance to the environmental health profession.
  • Provides support to the Emerging Issues Program Committee whose charge it is to identify trends and assist NEHA staff in formulating responses for environmental health professionals which can include: communication plans; creating webinars; initiating policy statements and white papers.

Education & Experience

EDUCATION
Masters’ degree in environmental health, public health or another relevant professional field with a minimum of three years relevant work experience. Doctorate in environmental health, public health or related field preferred.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND TRAITS

  • Minimum of three years of program evaluation experience; experience in the public health field or nonprofit organizations preferred.
  • Knowledge of qualitative evaluation techniques, including study design, qualitative data collection techniques, and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Knowledge of basic statistical techniques, including descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Experience with statistical analysis software and web-based survey software.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups.
  • Ability to conduct basic descriptive statistics (percentages, means, medians) including cross-tabulations and confidence intervals.
  • Experience in survey data collection, including use of web-based survey software and conducting follow-up activities to maximize response.
  • Ability to design structured interviews and accurately summarize their content.
  • Ability to present data and research findings in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience with Access, Excel, STATA, SPSS, NVIVO or other statistical software.
  • Experience working on a cross-disciplinary team conducting research or evaluation activities (quantitative and/or qualitative).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Occasionally required to sit.
  • Occasionally required to walk.
  • Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally required to talk or hear.
  • Occasionally required to bend, lift or climb stairs.
  • Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds).

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Applicants can reside in the Denver, CO or Washington, DC areas. If the applicant resides in DC, this will be a 100% telework position. The NEHA Office is in Denver, CO.

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Marissa Mills, HR Manager, at mmills@neha.org.

What We Offer

We offer a generous benefits plan including paid sick and vacation leave and health, dental, vision plans with employee premiums paid 100% by the association. Our benefits also include a five percent of base salary contribution to employee retirement plan; paid short and long-term disability plans and paid term life insurance. We offer workplace flexibility and a wellness program led by an employee committee that strives to inspire, create and maintain a workplace environment that supports physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

When Considering Applicants
When considering applicants, we look for integrity, a vision for what is possible and a proven performance record, along with the education, experience and skills that match the position requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
The National Environmental Health Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the association has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.