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Specialist, Program Evaluation STEM

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YMCA: YMCA of the USA Location: Chicago, IL

GENERAL FUNCTIONS The Specialist, Program Evaluation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), will be responsible for providing evaluation strategy oversight for Y-USA's strategic priority to develop, adopt and scale programs in the STEM curriculum areas for afterschool, early learning, summer learning and middle/high school programs. Specifically, this position will be responsible for designing, implementing, maintaining, and scaling the evaluation of all pilots and selected curricula implementation and measuring and reporting on local Ys to the fidelity of the curricula. This work will be done in collaboration with the Membership Support and Program Services department to evaluate effectiveness and make recommendations for enhancements. This position will also instruct and coach local staff in data collection and reporting capacity. This individual will serve as a key member of a team that works to fulfill the Y's strategic goal of addressing youth development.

This position is grant funded through 2014, with possible funding thereafter. This position is contingent upon funding.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES •Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree in Evaluation, Education, Physical/Social Sciences, Statistics, or related field is preferred. Education in evaluation methodology and/or research methodology strongly preferred •Minimum 5 years of experience evaluating out-of-school-time STEM/informal science education programs for early-childhood and school-age youth is required. Experience as an external evaluator is preferred •Minimum 5 years of experience measuring youth in informal science education programs on interest/engagement, attitude/behavior, knowledge/skills, or similar domains, through multiple methods (surveys, observation, etc.) is required •Ability to travel approximately 20% of the time is required •Advanced knowledge and experience conducting research, data collection, analysis and reporting is required •Advanced knowledge of survey software statistical software and analysis, relational databases, and Microsoft Office is required •Experience with training, program site visits, interviewing, and group facilitation is required •Experience in youth program quality assessment and program fidelity management is required •Experience establishing evaluation project protocols and meeting deadlines is required •Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required •Ability to design and deliver evaluation reports for varying audiences is required •Ability to work in a frequently changing environment and problem solve is required •Ability to work independently and within a team is required •Must maintain current knowledge in STEM/informal science field, including NAEP Framework, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, etc. •Experience designing and/or modifying developmentally appropriate assessments and data collection strategies and with assessments such as Dimensions of Success, Youth/School Age Program Quality Assessment, Common Instrument, NAEP Science Assessment, and similar, is preferred •Experience in nonprofit, federated association, or consulting environment is preferred •Knowledge of data management systems, school data sharing arrangements, and FERPA is preferred •Knowledge of the YMCA is preferred •Commitment to the YMCA character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility is required

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS •Leads the design, training and implementation of all STEM/informal science program evaluation, including data collection and reporting, for assigned projects •Provides expertise to Y-USA teams, funders, and external consultants on the overall topic of, and field-recommended practices for, STEM/informal science program evaluation, program monitoring and data reporting •Provides expert guidance and consultation on the creation of any STEM related program resources or training materials in cooperation with other Y-USA departments •Partners with Y-USA stakeholders to establish to establish, institutionalize, and maintain organization-wide strategies and practices related to STEM program evaluation (e.g., logic models, standard operating procedures, documentation, and communications). •Assists with assessment Y-USA and Y STEM/informal science evaluation capacity •Partners with Y-USA's Financial Development Department to ensure inclusion of STEM program evaluation function in proposals and program evaluation results in reports as appropriate •Performs other duties as assigned by Senior Manager, Youth Development Evaluation Strategies

EFFECT ON END RESULTS/STRATEGIC IMPACT This position will increasingly identify, develop, adopt and scale programs designed to provide informal science education and/or integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and into YMCA programs for children and youth. This position is a key driver of success in the organization's grant-funded STEM integration approach and is responsible for creating resources, designing measurement strategies and delivering results that demonstrate the effectiveness of these efforts.

Salary: $65,000 - $81,278 HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online: Resumes until: 8/1/2013 Contact: Erica Lee

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