Senior Evaluator I (Research Associate)

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Senior Evaluator I (Research Associate)

The Evaluation Center

School of Education & Human Development

Position #649107 – Requisition #15642


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students,

faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Evaluation Center at the University of Colorado Denver is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, team oriented, full-time Senior Evaluator to lead the program evaluation work currently underway on one high profile, federally funded project, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CCTSI) and support the work of several others. We are actively seeking candidates who are underrepresented in the field of evaluation.  We value diverse experiences and perspectives in our work.  This person will also be a member of the Leadership Team that provides input into the direction of The Evaluation Center organization.


The Evaluation Center is housed within the School of Education and Human Development but operates as a separate, autonomous, not-for-profit entity with the backing of a major research university.  This unique situation allows the Center to operate independently and to provide external evaluation services to clients aligned with our vision and mission both inside and outside of the University.  Our clients include nonprofit organizations, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other community organizations.


The Evaluation Center is committed to equity and equity evaluation; we seek to become leaders in this work.  Equity Evaluation is an approach that ultimately contributes to the betterment of community or program by examining issues of social justice in every aspect of the program or project being evaluated.


Our Vision

Improved lives and communities through high quality evaluation


Mission Statement

We strive to make evaluation a valued and widely accepted practice by increasing the use and understanding of evaluation. We collaborate with our clients to support evidence-informed programs, practices, and policies in schools, institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


Guiding Principles

  • We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices.
  • We strive to understand the context and communities in which we work.
  • We use rigorous and innovative quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.
  • We help clients obtain and use information to make informed decisions about the implementation and effectiveness of their programs and policies.
  • We make evaluation meaningful and accessible to multiple audiences.
  • We support the development of evaluation capacity and its use within institutions and organizations.
  • We provide real world evaluation opportunities for graduate students to apply coursework and gain evaluation expertise.
  • We advocate for the value and use of evaluation by a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Our work advances the field of evaluation.

Primary Project Description

The primary goal of the Colorado Clinical and translational Science Institute (CCTSI) is to accelerate the process by which new discoveries are made and translated (i.e., applied) to enhance clinical and community-based practice.


The CCTSI evaluation spans multiple disciplines, involves rigorous methodologies and mixed-methods approaches, and relies heavily on the engagement of stakeholders at multiple levels (from local program managers, to the CCTSI executive leadership, to NIH representatives).  Our team has developed a number of innovative tools and instruments to respond to the demands of evaluating/assessing organizational change across these levels and will be asked to do more.  Examples of methods utilized in the evaluation of the CCTSI include:  Progress monitoring (involves engaging stakeholders in logic modeling — the development of proximal and distal outcomes, anchored by a long-term vision), case studies and longitudinal assessment of cohorts (e.g., of pilot project and career development awardees), social network analysis and bibliometric analysis, and workflow and cycle-time analyses.



  • Advance the field of equity evaluation and social justice in Colorado
  • Support the work of nonprofit clients engaged in work aligned with the vision and mission of The Evaluation Center
  • Work with a dynamic team to develop and implement innovative program evaluation
  • Grow professionally

 Examples of Work Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with all evaluation team members
  • Serve as lead evaluator on complex evaluation projects
  • Support the inclusion of equity principles in all internal and external work
  • Advance equity in program evaluation planning and design
  • Develop and implement quasi-experimental evaluation designs as well as mixed methods designs
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Create a variety of ways to share evaluation data with program stakeholders
  • Prepare appropriate reports for various audiences and stakeholders including state policy makers and funders
  • Organize and maintain project materials
  • Provide technical assistance to team members
  • Identify funding for new projects and develop corresponding proposals

Additional Information

Please note: This position is not a teaching/instructor position. 


Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.


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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.



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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.




Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree with multiple years of evaluation experience, preferably evaluating programs in medical education, public health or related fields.
  • 5+ years’ professional full-time experience in program evaluation designing and implementing advanced mixed methods designs and analyses. 
  • 3+ years’ experience as a project lead.
  • Demonstrated experience, building client relationships, supervising staff, preparing reports, making oral presentations, and writing proposals.

Conditions of Employment

Must be willing and able to travel (local, national, international).


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Health Education, Program Evaluation or related fields
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience designing and implementing experimental design and/or quasi-experimental design studies.
  • Experience using various qualitative and quantitative software programs, i.e. SPSS, Nvivo, ACCESS etc.;


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Dispositions:  The ideal candidate has

  • Ability and desire to be a competent, contributing member of a dynamic team;
  • High level of integrity and personal and work ethics
  • Dependable and focused
  • Outstanding organization and time management skills, and is detailed orientated
  • Self-motivation and the ability to lead and manage multiple large-scale, multi-faceted projects        
  • Ability and desire to provide leadership, mentoring, direction, supervision, and training to evaluation specialists and graduate students
  • Appreciation for collaboration and teamwork
  • Skills to identify relevant theoretical frameworks to inform instrument development and evaluation design
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Experience working to advance equity
  • Strong background knowledge of program evaluation
  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information and distill themes, patterns, and nuances
  • Excellent writing skills (including editing and proofreading) as well as strong verbal communication skills (public speaking); the ability to tailor written, visual and verbal presentations to different audiences, as appropriate
  • Ability to think and brainstorm creatively to identify the most efficient and interesting methods for conducting evaluations.


Special Instructions to Applicants: REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 5 professional references. Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  

Job Category
: Faculty 

Primary Location
: Denver 

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30063 - EDUC-Ctr Collab Educ Ldrship 

: Full-time 

Posting Date
: Feb 7, 2019 

Unposting Date
: Ongoing 

Posting Contact Name: Jeff Proctor 

Posting Contact Email: 

Position Number: 00649107

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How to Apply: 

Please apply through the University's online interface:

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