Senior Associate - Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data

Annie E. Casey Foundation | Baltimore, Maryland

Job Summary

The Foundation’s Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data (REED) unit develops and manages a wide range of activities related to research, evaluation, data development, evidence-based practice, performance management and implementation science. The senior associate will play a lead role in the Foundation’s strategies for promoting the development and use of state and county integrated data systems (IDS), supporting an accurate census and American Community Survey and building local-level data capacity and resources. In addition, the senior associate will lead development of a strategy for connecting Casey to advancements in civic and human service technology, big data and predictive analytics in service of the Foundation’s organizational mission of achieving a brighter future for all children

Reports To

Vice President of REED

Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

State and County Integrated Data Systems

  • Conduct outreach and engagement, including identifying potential partners in government, philanthropy, academia, the nonprofit sector, existing IDS jurisdictions, multisite IDS initiatives and national organizations of public officials; organizing meetings and convenings involving potential partners; setting agendas; facilitating and documenting meetings; and developing and executing follow-up plans
  • Encourage knowledge building and dissemination, including keeping colleagues current with emerging challenges and opportunities in the IDS field, through participation in relevant conferences and webinars and systematic review of relevant websites, electronic media and publications; disseminating Casey’s IDS products and resources to key audiences through conference presentations, webinars and blog posts; producing content for Casey’s IDS resource web page and policy and research newsletter; documenting and supporting dissemination of cross-project lessons from Casey’s IDS demonstrations; and conducting reconnaissance for opportunities to support and disseminate IDS-based research
  • Provide technical assistance (TA), including coordinating Casey-brokered TA to emerging IDS sites and working with colleagues to promote the use of IDS in their programmatic work
  • Engage in strategic planning, including adapting and retooling IDS strategies in response to emerging challenges and opportunities identified in the outreach/engagement, knowledge-building and TA work

Census

  • Partner with External Affairs to support efforts to ensure a complete count of Casey target populations in the 2020 U.S. Census. Includes participating in the Census Funders group, managing REED’s census-related investments and promoting engagement of REED grantees and networks (e.g., the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, Metro Lab) with census planning and advocacy

Local Data

Work with NNIP network, local data partners and related national organizations to strengthen locallevel data resources and capacity, and thereby promote data-driven decision making at the regional, city and community level

New Work

  • Develop a strategy for connecting Casey with advancements in civic and human service technology, big data and predictive analytics that support and enhance the Foundation’s programmatic work. This would involve building upon the work of field leaders in the Foundation’s existing networks (NNIP, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, Metro Labs) and developing new relationships and networks based on a comprehensive landscape scan and a Casey-focused needs assessment

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in any of the following areas: public policy, public administration, sociology, criminology, economics, social work or related fields
  • Approximately 10 years of experience working with state and local officials, nonprofits, community organizations and philanthropies on the use of technology and public data to improve public services and government functions

Compensation

Starting salary is commensurate with experience. A strong benefits package will be provided.

Requirements/Other

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • A strong social justice orientation and a commitment to policy and practice reforms that address racial disparities
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with particular expertise in communicating technical issues to generalist audiences
  • Computer skills that encompass databases designed for routine grants management, reporting and correspondence and statistical analysis
  • Substantive knowledge and expertise in relevant areas such as urban studies, human service system reform and public administration
  • Familiarity with relevant national networks and resources that support the development and use of local, state and national data in the public interest
  • Ability to appropriately prioritize among multiple competing requests in a demanding, deadline-driven environment
  • Sound and seasoned judgment, including a demonstrated capacity to support and lead effectively when working with Foundation leaders and colleagues, senior professionals, policymakers and advocates
  • Organizational, analytical and planning skills essential to forward-looking strategic planning
  • Willingness and aptitude to work effectively in an environment of collective decision making and cross-disciplinary cooperation, while taking leadership on strengthening public data decisions
  • Ability to act as translator and liaison between data and technology experts and colleagues in the Foundation’s program units
  • Independence and initiative to anticipate and act upon the needs of grantees and the goals of the Foundation, in ongoing consultation with the vice president

How to Apply

Please apply online at www.aecf.org/about/jobs 

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