We are looking for a Manager of Policy, Learning and Evaluation who is passionate about research, quality evidence, data integrity, and knowledge mobilization and measuring the impact of policy and programs. High level skills and experience in research, evaluation and implementation theory, and both quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, are essential in this role. You will work with Community Action Initiative BC’s (CAI BC) team to lead and implement research and evaluation strategies and activities. This role supports the strategic direction through analysis and communication of the evidence-base as a function and in support of decision making, while also supporting knowledge translation and exchange. Information gathered supports internal, external and community priorities and evaluation services that inform the CAI BC’s grant funding, training and capacity building programs. Evidence translation is an important part of this role, involving interpretation of latest research findings and community impact results into practice and policy for a variety of target audiences – including policy makers and the community-based mental health and substance use sector. The Manager of Policy, Learning and Evaluation will also contribute to other activities in conjunction with the Executive Director and CAI BC Board that help to advance CAI BC’s strategic goals and will work effectively with diverse stakeholders including NGO’s, provincial government bodies, municipal governments, primary care networks, and community members. This position reports to the Executive Director.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Lead research, evaluation and knowledge translation/education initiatives for various CAI BC program areas
• Lead the initiative in the translation of evidence into publications that are outwardly focused, stakeholder relevant and engaging, and develop communications and engagement strategies and with respect to knowledge mobilization designed to enhance CAI’s role in the community-based mental health sector
• Develop and maintain relationships with CAI BC partners, external stakeholders and grant recipients
• Lead, plan and implement research and evaluation strategies, measures, tools and resources for CAI grant recipients and the mental health and substance use sector
• Build internal capacity for evaluation by leading and supporting staff and grant recipients to manage evaluation tasks related to their projects and programs, creating evaluation toolkits and resources, and conducting education sessions on evaluation topics
• Conduct research and analysis to respond to specific internal and external data needs, including literature reviews, policy analysis and knowledge exchange initiatives
• Provide advice and direction for various aspects of the evaluation process, including outcome and indicator development, program logic model/ theory of change, and evaluation plans and frameworks.
• Develop evaluation processes within the organization that complement popular and timely approaches to evaluation within the sector, (i.e. developmental and participatory evaluation approaches)
• Provide evidence to the sector’s value proposition through supporting performance measurement and evaluation which links to quality assurance initiatives or broader sector development activities
• Other duties as required
• Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Health, Health Sciences, Public Policy, Community Development, Psychology, Social Work or a related field and can demonstrate:
• Five to seven (5-7) years of recent, related experience conducting research, evaluating programs and/or administering grants or managing community programs
• Experience in developing and implementing evaluation plans
• Knowledge and/or experience with mental health and/or substance use topics and services in BC
Knowledge and Skills
• Proven research, writing and policy experience and education most often attained through completing a Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years’ employment in a related job
• Knowledge and experience in evaluating community impact
• Ability to design, develop and apply a variety of research and evaluation methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative)
• Ability to synthesize and interpret complex data for the purposes of producing reports, briefing notes, correspondence, and other materials
• Strong computer literacy, including full competency in Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and competency in data analysis software (e.g., SPSS)
• Experience with webinar software (e.g., Zoom) and website platforms (e.g., WordPress, Mail Chimp)
• Strong internet and public database search skills
• Project management experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to communicate with different audiences
• Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
• Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
• Strong multi-tasking skills to prioritize and organize tasks, and meet deadlines
• Ability to exercise good judgment and work with confidential materials
• Experience in knowledge translation best practice and government relations is an asset
• This position is located in Vancouver. The usual work week is 37.5 hours. Most work is accomplished during usual business hours however; the successful candidate will need to maintain some flexible scheduling.
• Travel may be required.
• This position is a unionized position under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association Collective Agreement. The rate of pay is $39.85 per hour.
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