Associate Director, Evaluation Services Center

Ohio, United States
02 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university is built upon a strong interdisciplinary research culture that encourages collaboration across colleges.

The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) has functioned as an independent service center within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati since 1996. UCESC provides research, evaluation, assessment, and consulting services to equip clients and partners to make data-informed decisions for accountability, continuous quality improvement, program planning, and program and policy development. UCESC employs a collaborative model and has provided comprehensive services to schools and school districts, higher education, professional development providers, community partners, and health-related and social service organizations.

Position Description

The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) is seeking an Associate Director to join our evaluation and applied research team. In addition to working with other team members on projects, the Associate Director will work with the Director and administrative team, including the Business Manager, in the development, coordination and execution of applied research as well as program and policy evaluations in education, human services, public health, and other related fields. UCESC team members lead and collaborate on proposals, provide research, program and policy evaluation expertise to university faculty and staff as well as local, regional, state, and federal organizations, and conduct all aspects of studies (e.g., idea generation, instrument development, research design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report and publication writing, and presentations). The friendly and supportive environments within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Serves and the Center, as well as among research centers across Ohio, provide an ideal atmosphere for conducting applied research and evaluation for those who wish to work collaboratively with other evaluation and research professionals.  

The Associate Director will be expected to lead proposal development, initiate business development and promote the Center (among other units at the university and across Cincinnati, Ohio, and region), supervise and develop team members, lead as well as contribute to evaluation and applied research projects (when needed), provide data collection (primary and secondary) and analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative) guidance and support for projects, and ensure deliverable and project quality.

Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise in leading and managing teams, especially teams evaluating and researching multiple concurrent projects; proposal development and grant writing skills; history of successfully securing external funding (e.g., foundation, local, state, federal); strategic planning and change management; leading methodological and theoretical project designs; managing a diverse portfolio of budgets; strong writing skills including translating research and evaluation findings to a vast array of stakeholders; presenting at project meetings, advisory board meetings, and conferences; and working collaboratively across teams.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate must have the ability and working knowledge to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. UCESC works with a variety of partners at the University and across the region and state and is focused on growing our footprint within the University, region, and state as an expert in evaluation and applied research. As such, the Associate Director plays a significant role in creating business opportunities, managing change, and developing teams. The Associate Director will actively engage with research partners at the University from a variety of academic disciplines as well as regional non-profit organizations and governmental entities to conduct local, state, and federal projects to inform continuous improvement and provide avenues for further research and evaluation.

Responsibilities will include providing leadership for administrative and operational activities of the Evaluation Services Center; developing long-range plans and strategies to achieve Center, College, and University goals; attending meetings on behalf of the Director; consulting with the Director on major policy changes; functioning as Director in her absence, as required; assisting with administrative leadership and supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff; monitoring and coordinating professional development and training opportunities; and conducting research to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of programs. Responsibilities will also include other evaluation and research-related responsibilities as customarily performed by an employee in a similar position.

Specific responsibilities will include the following:

  • Assisting the Director and the administrative team with primary responsibilities for day to day operations and management
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with departments and units across the University and serving as liaison to various units and University and unit committees
  • Working collaboratively across teams to develop and submit proposals for evaluation and research solicitations
  • Working collaboratively with PIs to develop research and project plans, including creating logic models, output and outcome metrics and targets
  • Creation of reports, publications, and/or other deliverables and formulation of recommendations for program improvement

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to maintain a positive work environment and positive, professional interactions with a variety of colleagues and clients
  • Working knowledge of / background in evaluation, applied research, and/ or mixed methods
  • Project management, Database management; Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Innovative thinking and ability to identify the most efficient and innovative methods and approaches
  • Able to take direction, learn from mistakes, and make changes
  • Solid work ethic, dependable, focused, and proactive

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with seven (7) years of experience;  -OR- Associate's degree with nine (9) years of experience; OR- eleven (11) years of experience
  • Degree must be in statistics, public administration, health sciences, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, history, or a related field
  • Experience must be related also requires at least three (3) years of supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned master’s or doctorate in statistics, public administration, health sciences, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, history, or a related field at time of appointment;
  • Four years of experience in managing social, behavioral or health research or evaluation projects; data management; and using Office software (Microsoft Office: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Commitment to advancing the common good through data informed decision-making on issues related to education, income, social justice, and health;
  • Past successes in securing external funding; and
  • Four years supervisory experience (e.g., setting goals for performance and deadlines in ways that comply with the organization’s plans and vision. Organizing workflow and ensuring that team members understand their duties or delegated tasks. Providing constructive feedback and coaching).

NOTE: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications; please use the following link:  for more information about the university's benefits plans, benefits summaries, as well as information about employee discounts, professional training, and much more. Based on the nature of this position and the available funding for this position, the university is unable to provide sponsorship for work visas.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website to complete the online application. The following are required to be attached or included:

  • Cover letter. Please describe reason(s) for interest in the position.
  • CV or resume. Include employment dates and full or part-time status.
  • Professional references. Three professional references, one must be a current or former supervisor. Include names, business title, and contact information.
  • Two writing samples, including a grant application, if possible. All submitted samples will be held in confidence.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.