LA2050
First 5 LA

Evaluation & Learning Analyst

Employment type
Full Time
Posted
about 1 month ago
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Description

JOB SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Manager, Evaluation & Learning and in partnership with the Integration & Learning Department, the Evaluation & Learning Analyst provides conceptual and technical evaluation, research, measurement and data related support for all First 5 LA's investments as appropriate. In addition, the Evaluation & Learning Analyst will partner with the Integration & Learning department to develop project specific learning agendas and support organization wide efforts to share learning internally and externally.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Evaluation and Learning Analyst should visibly demonstrate the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, respect, accountability, purpose, shared leadership and learning in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:

  • Key Areas of Responsibility:
    • Evaluation, research, and measurement project design & implementation
    • Indicator development and testing
    • Internal consulting to staff on measurement, research, evaluation and select data projects
    • Synthesis and sharing of shares lessons learned with internal and external stakeholders
  • Essential Duties:
    • Evaluation, Research and Measurement Project Design & Implementation
    • Co-designs, implements and manages select evaluation, research, data, and learning projects in support of both First 5 LA's strategic plan and operational activities
    • Conducts background research on issues relevant to early childhood development, policy, systems change, place-based initiatives. Makes recommendations supporting program and operational refinement and improvement
    • Compiles and synthesizes information that may be used to define programmatic goals, identify emerging issues and/or suggest new partnerships; employs diverse tactics to share learnings widely
    • Collaborates with other staff to capture and synthesize knowledge into organizational-wide knowledge management system
    • Conducts general logistical work to support all assigned Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation activities. This includes but is not limited to: scheduling meetings, maintaining a system to keep track of project timelines, booking conference rooms, planning meetings, reviewing contract invoices and general contract management as appropriate
    • Develops project/outcome area learning agendas and knowledge plans in collaboration with the Integration & Learning (I&L) Department
    • Shares evaluation, research, measurement, and data analysis findings and other information in writing and verbally to staff, Commissioners and the larger community; presents learning to targeted internal and external stakeholders are appropriate
  • Indicator develops and testing
    • Provides internal consulting to staff on measurement and evaluation topics as appropriate
    • Collaborates with I&L Department to develop and refine tools for monitoring progress of strategies, initiatives, and projects as appropriate
    • Leads efforts to proactively identify all measurement issues and provides recommendations about how First 5 LA should measure its impact
    • Collaborates with I&L Department to recommend measurement approaches for grantee and partner engagement as appropriate
    • Leads efforts to track program/operational indicators and utilize various data sources to monitor progress toward the First 5 LA’s strategic plan progress and operational goals
    • Summarizes knowledge products (i.e., evaluation findings, research reports, reflection blogs, etc.) for the Commission and/or executive leadership program directors, when required
    • Champions a culture of learning within First 5 LA by facilitating and participating in internal and external feedback loops that allow for evaluation findings, as well as community insights to be brought back to the organization and shared across departments
    • Conducts ad-hoc analysis of existing internal and external secondary datasets that support First 5 LA’s programmatic, systems change and policy efforts
  • Provides internal consulting to staff on measurement, research, evaluation and select data projects
    • Implements and contributes to the refinement of the organization's learning agenda
    • Assists with, and on select projects leads the identification, review, and selection of external evaluation consultants and research partners
    • Acts as an internal expert in the area of evaluation, research, data and measurement
    • Remains abreast of current research, activities and trends in the field(s) by reviewing professional publications, attending related conferences, meetings and other events, and sharing learnings with the Organization broadly
    • Drafts and edits internal and external correspondence, meeting agendas, presentations and other materials needed for programmatic and evaluation work
    • Implements a quality assurance process of all evaluation, research and data reports produced by First 5 LA’s I&L Division as appropriate
    • Represents First 5 LA externally in measurement, evaluation, data development, data sharing, and research efforts as appropriate
    • Connects other First 5 LA staff with contractors and/or partners in appropriate ways to achieve organizational goals
    • Acts as a resource to staff and/or grantee/county/state/national partners regarding program evaluation design, evaluation implementation, performance monitoring, organizational learning and knowledge sharing
    • Mentors student professional workers and/or interns within the I & L Division as appropriate
  • Synthesizes and shares lessons learned with internal and external stakeholders
    • Supports the retrospective analysis and synthesis of evaluation findings completed by First 5 LA, and creates a knowledge plan that outlines how lessons will be shared broadly
    • Is proactive in identifying opportunities to use lessons from measurement, research and evaluation projects to inform organization-wide learning
    • Provides written analysis on key topics as requested by Executive leadership
    • Supports the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and values a diversity of perspectives
    • Adheres to policies and procedures to ensure alignment with State regulations, local ordinances and First 5 LA directives
    • Keeps apprised of all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting First 5 LA and Proposition
    • Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed
    • Collaborates both internally and with external stakeholders to capture, synthesize and share learning and knowledge outcomes from the ongoing execution of all activities as necessary
       

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Organization-wide Competencies
    • Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors
    • Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is aware of and considers relevant internal and external stakeholders and their needs (customers); identifies solutions to be responsive to stakeholder needs; considers impact when executing daily tasks
    • Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public
    • Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; demonstrates active listening and comprehension; selects and uses appropriate communication methods to keep others appropriately informed; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences
    • Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of his/her true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
    • Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to effectively think through problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches
    • Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Considers issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; identifies alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to layout several points of view on a course of action to accomplish goals
    • Role Specific Content: Knowledge of evaluation design and implementation with a variety of methodologies; ability to work with multiple stakeholders to identify learning priorities for an evaluation project; knowledge of the scientific method and applied hypothesis writing for research projects; ability to use learning priorities to select appropriate evaluation framework that will yield timely and actionable information; ability to implement an evaluation framework beginning to end; design research questions, data collection strategy, analytical plan and reporting plans; ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative data analyses to observe and share trends with stakeholders; ability to review design multi-level measurement frameworks; ability to consume technical research and translate relevant findings into plain language for a variety of stakeholders; ability to conduct surge research about trends in the evaluation field (theory, practice, best practices, emerging trends); knowledge of research and policy trends and best practices in early childhood education, health, and development; ability to design rapid feedback evaluation deliverables to inform business decisions; understanding of the evolving role of measurement, research and evaluation in effective grant-making and social change in learning focused organizations; knowledge of culturally sensitive evaluation approaches
    • Content Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to learn and apply new skills; ability to learn how to operate new systems quickly; demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; knows how to use technology tools to effectively manage and expedite processes; uses resources effectively
    • Planning and Organization and Project Management: Works in an organized manner with strong attention to detail; prioritizes and plans work activities; ability to effectively manage overlapping projects and deadlines; ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly; sets goals and objectives; ability to manage high performance projects
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of five years of related experience conducting evaluation, research, measurement and/or data projects preferred Experience working on research and evaluation projects that focus on one or more of the following areas is highly desired: maternal/child health, early childhood education, systems change evaluation, public health, mental health, child welfare and development, place-based evaluation, and process improvement
    • Experience facilitating stakeholders through a process resulting in prioritized learning topics preferred
    • Experience supporting the development of data sharing and data use agreements preferred
    • Familiarity of the landscape of social, educational, and health services for young children and families in LA County preferred
    • Experience in conducting original research using large-scale public-use data files, including playing a primary role in conducting relevant data analyses for such projects preferred
    • Demonstrated skills in writing, facilitating and public speaking
    • Ability to communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing, in varied settings and different audiences
       

Education:

Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, education, human development, sociology, economics or a related field preferred

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Proficiency in data visualization software (such as Tableau), and/or GIS software (ArcView) preferred
  • Proficiency using SPSS, SAS, STATA, or other statistical software
  • Ability to use widely supported internet browsers
     

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Valid automobile liability insurance
     

Travel Requirements:

This position requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Date Approved: 11/30/2016

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