Director, Research, Evaluation and Data

January 2019

Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, the Director oversees all operations of the Research, Evaluation and Data (RED) team consistent with AccessMatters’ Strategic Plan and in support of current programs and future programmatic expansion. The Director leads staff and departmental activities that result in: 1) new public and private funding opportunities and earned income for research, evaluation, and data-related projects, 2) external and internal dissemination and translation of data, program evaluation results, and research findings to benefit AccessMatters’ programming and visibility, and 3) development of internal program databases to support planning, evaluation and advocacy work. The Director also develops and directly manages research/evaluation projects, conducting all phases of design, implementation, data acquisition, data analysis and synthesis. The Director writes and directs preparation of funding source reports and papers for publication, while also supervising research staff and manages research-related program budgets. The Director also advises organizational program staff on best practices regarding research, evaluation, and data management.

As part of the Senior Management team, the Director embraces and advances the mission and core values of AccessMatters, setting a positive example for staff by uniting colleagues and supervisees in support of the strategic vision adopted by the Board and Chief Executive. The Director helps to provide leadership, direction, and resource stewardship to the organization, while fostering a culture of accountability, professional development, high-performance, and ethical behavior. This position is full- time and exempt.

Essential Functions

Lead the Operations of the Research, Evaluation, and Data Team and Function

  • Monitor data management across the organization’s various databases and data systems, and implement data quality processes.
  • Maintain current knowledge of data management systems and processes.
  • Oversee provision of technical assistance to provider agencies as needed to ensure data integration.
  • Ensure organizational compliance with HIPAA requirements and implementation of best practices for data security.
  • Maintain current knowledge of community-based research and evaluation methods, including best practices for conducting community assessments, program evaluations involving community partners, and participatory research studies.
  • Maintain current knowledge of field-related research on issues related to sexual and reproductive (SRH) health, including family planning, adolescent health, pregnancy, STDs/HIV, maternal/child health, LGBQ/T health, healthy relationships and relevant issues associated with SRH health and service delivery.
  • Review appropriate research design, survey research and analytic methods for use in AccessMatters’ programs. Develop the capacity of AccessMatters to use emerging technologies to advance research methods and data analyses.
  • Develop ideas and participate in collaborative proposal writing process for grant-funded projects, including development of logic models, needs assessments, work plans, and evaluation plans.
  • Develop and propose original clinical or behavior research projects on topics that will uphold and strengthen AccessMatters’ goal to be a thought leader in SRH.
  • Implement and manage evaluation studies and multi-year research projects for which AccessMatters receives funding.
  • Manage all aspects of AccessMatters’ Institutional Review Board (IRB). Assure all federal requirements are met relative to human subjects’ protections and the review of research activities in which AccessMatters or its provider agencies participate.
  • Maintain budgetary accountability for research activities both internal to AccessMatters and to external funding sources; authorize expenditures as delegated in budget responsibilities.

Lead the Planning and Implementation of Data-Driven Research and Evaluation Projects and Consultations for Internal and External Clients and Stakeholders

  • Develop protocols and solicit new clients to provide research and/or evaluation consultative services for external partners to generate earned income.
  • Manage calendar of regular staff and board educational opportunities related to increasing understanding of research and evaluation methods and keeping abreast of current research developments in SRH.
  • Utilize demographic, surveillance, clinical, and service utilization information to monitor the spectrum of services and target population healthcare trends. Lead staff and providers in identifying, prioritizing, and developing action plans to respond to emerging populations and service needs. Collaborate with the organization’s Senior Management team in planning startup activities of new projects, research, and initiatives to ensure service integration.
  • Develop and manage budgets related to research/evaluation/data projects and activities.

Cultivate and Manage Relationships with Clients and Organizational Partners

  • Collaborates with other staff to develop marketing pitches and outreach strategies to promote evaluation consultation services.
  • Represent AccessMatters and its research/evaluation/data endeavors in leadership capacity on internal and external initiatives, committees, and boards.
  • Develop and manage research/evaluation/data collaborations that extend AccessMatters’ participation with external partners.
  • Participate in professional organizations and review articles, abstracts and proposals as invited by funding sources and peer-review journals.
  • Oversee the recruitment and activities of undergraduate, graduate, and/or post-doctoral interns and exchange of research professionals from universities.

Advance the Mission of AccessMatters and Fulfill Organizational Duties

  • As a member of Senior Management Team, exemplify our Core Values and dedication to a culture of excellent leadership, in which leaders foster an environment where staff feel valued and appreciated, where all staff hold themselves accountable in service to our community and stakeholders, and all staff eagerly pursue excellence.
  • Consistently exercise discretion and sound judgment to analyze, interpret and act, evaluating possible courses of conduct and making decisions for the best outcomes for the client, team and the organization.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and conduct regarding confidentiality, integrity, dual-relationships, and professional behavior overall, representing AccessMatters effectively and positively to all internal and external constituents.
  • Create and maintain an inclusive and equitable work environment that is respectful of all, embraces diversity and equity, and includes diverse perspectives and talents in problem-solving.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of public health research and best practices; experience with sexual and reproductive health preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research/evaluation proposals and successfully secure funding.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and delivering government-funded research, evaluation, and/or data projects, including reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and analyze qualitative data and to conduct advanced quantitative analyses of large and small-scale data sets.
  • Experience using administrative and/or clinical data to assess provider or health system performance and quality of care.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in pertinent software programs, including Excel, SPSS, and Access.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a research agenda, conceptualize, manage and/or conduct applied research initiatives related to organizational priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing collaborative projects and working with a variety of public and/or private providers, policymakers and researchers.
  • Excellent supervisory and staff development skills and team leadership abilities for multi- dimensional program activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects with multiple deadlines and priorities. 
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to work within a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team environment, serving diverse populations and institutions across a broad spectrum of community and clinical providers within the fields of sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, coupled with highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to counsel others and facilitate meetings.
  • Flexible and open to changing priorities and managing multiple tasks effectively within a compressed timeframe.
  • Excellent assessment, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
  • Eligible for all city and state mandatory clearances, e.g. criminal and child abuse clearances.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum master’s degree in public health, social work, or related field, with experience conducting research related to sexual and reproductive health topics.
  • Experience in human subjects research and working with institutional review boards (IRBs). 
  • Minimum experience seven years with five years in research and evaluation projects including statistical applications of data and additional two years of study management experience; Principal Investigator experience preferred.
  • Minimum three years of supervisory experience.

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