Research and Evaluation Specialist

University of Pittsburgh

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  • Mechanicsburg, PA
    University of Pittsburgh
    Nov 20, 2017
  • distance: 5,535 Miles

The University of Pittsburgh’s Mechanicsburg Child Welfare Training Programs is seeking a Research and Evaluation Specialist. This position functions as a team member in the Research and Evaluation Department of the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Resource Center). This position is responsible for the management and coordination of evaluation activities for the Resource Center, including internal and external evaluation requests.

The incumbent is responsible for fielding evaluation requests, helping stakeholders define evaluation needs, prioritizing requests, and defining evaluation projects. Within the context of evaluation projects as well as in response to ad hoc requests, the Research and Evaluation Specialist develops data collection strategies (e.g., surveys, focus groups, interviews), collects data, manages data (e.g., develop databases using SPSS, Excel or Access, clean, code and enter data), and analyzes data using statistical software packages such as SPSS. The Research and Evaluation Specialist is also responsible for creating reports and presentations to communicate findings to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Finally, the incumbent advances the Resource Center’s research and evaluation agenda by working with the Research Team and other stakeholders to pursue grant and other funding opportunities.

Potential project focus areas include the evaluation of family engagement strategies, curriculum/training, and organizational effectiveness/continuous quality improvement efforts, as well as developing and supporting/managing evaluation efforts that arise from Pennsylvania’s participation in the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR).

Note: This position is located in Mechanicsburg, PA (near Harrisburg, PA). Travel is required.

PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.

For full consideration, apply online at and attach a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample not to exceed 25 pages by December 10, 2017. The writing sample should reflect experience with research and evaluation

For more information about the Resource Center, visit us at

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled


A Master’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Public Administration, Social Work or closely related field is required and coursework in evaluation is preferred. This position requires a minimum of five years of experience in child welfare and/or another related human service field. This position also requires a minimum of three years of experience in a Program Evaluation role.

In addition:
– Candidates must have competency in program evaluation and basic research methodology including evaluation and research designs.
– Candidates must have experience working with databases and Microsoft products. Experience with SPSS is preferred.
– Knowledge, skills, and experience related to evaluating the effectiveness of training, including online and in-person training events and transfer of learning, are preferred.
– Knowledge of public child welfare practice is preferred.
– Candidates must have excellent interpersonal, writing, collaboration, problem-solving, planning/organizing, and facilitation skills.


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