Location: Remote or Ashburn, VA. The Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology and hiring manager for this position works remotely.
Salary Range: $70,000 - $85,000
NRPA believes in the power of parks and recreation to increase the health, wellness, vitality and resilience of communities everywhere. Rooted in social equity, NRPA advocates on behalf of all people, delivering funding, resources and innovative solutions to the issues impacting our communities.
NRPA is currently seeking a Senior Evaluation Manager to join our Research, Evaluation and Technology department.
The Senior Evaluation Manager measures the short-term results and longer-term impact of NRPA grant programs and directs the overall evaluation agenda for NRPA, under the supervision of the Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology. The incumbent also assists Senior Staff and other stakeholders in measuring the progress and ultimate impact of NRPA towards its organizational goals. Further, this position provides tools and guidance to strengthen the evaluation skills of stakeholders inside and outside of the organization (e.g., NRPA members). This position will identify, collect and analyze data that hold the NRPA team accountable to members, board of directors and strategic partners to ensure we are supporting, inspiring and promoting the essential nature of park and recreation professionals and their agencies. As the leader of the association’s evaluation activities, you will work closely with NRPA program managers, research team and strategic partners in a fun, creative environment that improves the lives of millions of people each day.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Creates and executes measurement plans that assess the progress and long-term impact of NRPA grant programs. This includes developing evaluation plans and key project metrics for concept papers and grant applications. For some projects, the incumbent will develop a full evaluation framework, including identification of methodology, process and outcome measures, data collection methods and sources, and timelines. For other projects, the candidate will identify and manage relationships with outside consultants that serve as the primary investigators.
Refines program- and organizational-level goals to identify measurable metrics that assess produces
Collects, analyzes, and reports on output- and outcome data internally to improve program performance
Creates and implements surveys, focus group guides, and other data collection tools in collaboration with the Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology
Communicate evaluation findings (both in writing and verbally) to program managers, funding partners, NRPA management and other key stakeholders. This includes working with internal and external stakeholders on written reports for a diverse audience of members, funders and partners. This also includes the creation of best practice guides, presentations and webinars, and article public in NRPA’s communication channels and academic journals
Collaborates with the Vice President of Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology to create research and evaluation tools that can be used inside and outside the organization
Required Materials and Application Process: Applicants without the following required materials may not be considered for this position:
Cover Letter detailing your background and description how your experience and education would make you a successful candidate for this position
Applicants will first be evaluated on the completeness and qualifications of application materials. Qualified applicants will then be invited for a phone screen and selected applicants will be invited to an in-person interview. Finalists will be required to submit references for a reference and background check.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
NRPA values diversity, equity and inclusion and we are committed to integrating these core values more deeply into all elements of our daily work. NRPA is an equal opportunity employer and highly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, ethnic minorities, new Americans (immigrants and refugees), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, native people, and veterans.
Discover the Benefits at NRPA!
To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, FlexTime Schedules, 37.5-hour work week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions, and more. NRPA also offers a competitive Heath benefits package, generous PTO program where employees accrue 26 days of paid time per year, parental leave, and retirement and savings benefits.
Although we are currently working remotely due to public health safety, NRPA headquarters is situated on park land in Ashburn, Virginia. This campus boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest!
The space offers indoor & outdoor eating areas, as well as indoor & outdoor fitness opportunities, including an air-conditioned fitness room with access to showers, as well as foot trails for the outdoor enthusiast.
NRPA also maintains office space in Washington, D.C. for its D.C.-based staff that is centrally located and convenient to the blue, orange, silver and red subway lines.
Bachelor’s degree in Statistical Analysis, Public Health, Public Policy or related discipline required. Graduate degree with concentration in research, statistics, and/or program evaluation classwork preferred
4+ years of demonstrated experience conducting evaluation and research, including where the candidate conducted statistical validation, identified methodologies and used technology to create and share information. Experience conducting evaluation and research in parks and recreation, higher education, nonprofit/not-for-profit or business setting preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel required. Strong experience and skills with online survey software (e.g. SurveyGizmo); data analysis software such as SPSS or STATA, GIS software (ESRI), and data visualization (Tableau) are strongly preferred
Superior project and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision to initiate project ideas as well as manage them through to completion.
Excellent strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Robust collaboration skills with internal and external partners.
Solid written and oral communications skills, including the ability to synthesize research findings with clear and concise language.
Candidate Work Style
Excels in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment
Self-directed and detail-oriented with a collaborative and professional team spirit to contribute to a collegial, team-oriented environment
Willing to travel up to 25 days per year outside of the Washington Metropolitan Area or your remote work location. Remote workers must visit NRPA Headquarters periodically including attendance at the NRPA annual conference.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 21,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encourages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.
NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure¡¦s significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.
„h To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
„h To facilita...te adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.
„h To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.
For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: email@example.com.