Job no: 232982-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Grant, Research, Contract Management, Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

We seek an experienced Evaluation Consultant for the CDC-funded Opioid and Injury Harm Prevention program grants at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). This individual, based at DHS in collaboration with the UW Population Health Institute, will serve as lead evaluator for the Division of Public Health's programs to address the opioid epidemic and injury prevention initiatives. The incumbent will conduct CDC-required evaluation and reporting for state programs as well as support evaluation capacity development for community organizations, public health agencies, and other stakeholders.

The Evaluation Consultant will provide oversight on project-specific evaluation plans, as well as documentation of key lessons learned and program impacts. The Evaluation Consultant will work with partners in opioid and injury harm prevention evaluation activities using multi-sector, multi-faceted approaches and will engage stakeholders in determining indicators of success, evaluation questions and using monitoring and evaluation tools to inform day-to-day management of activities as well as report results. This role will support local partners by developing their capacity to use data to meet their program needs and inform direction and decision making around substance use and injury harm prevention in their communities.

The consultant will be expected to use participatory and empowerment evaluation approaches as much as possible to promote community ownership and sustainability of efforts. The consultant will work closely with members of the Violence, Injury Prevention, and Opioid Harm Prevention Unit at DHS, other DHS units and divisions, as well as with statewide partners, to disseminate learning, ensure consistency of messaging, and make recommendations for action based on evaluation findings. The incumbent will apply a health equity lens and promote diversity and inclusion throughout their work.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree in public health, social work, evaluation, social sciences or related field is required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Three years' experience in the field of program evaluation is required, including both outcome and process evaluation, developing multi-level, mixed method evaluation designs, and application of both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods.
2. Experience working with partners to develop relevant theories of change, indicators of success and monitoring mechanisms to track progress and use data to inform decisions is required.
3. Experience conducting evaluation that involve sensitive topics (e.g. substance use disorder, AODA and maternal and child health), including co-occurring conditions and the impacts on individuals, families and communities is strongly preferred.
4. Experience presenting evaluation results to diverse audiences is strongly preferred. This may include experience interpreting and translating evaluation findings for diverse stakeholders at multiple levels (e.g. program participants, local and tribal health departments, academic institutions, funders, general public and decision makers).
5. Experience building the capacity of others to utilize data in effective ways for multiple purposes (e.g. program development, process improvement, accountability, and decision making) is strongly preferred. This may include experience and skills in assessing the evaluation capacity of others, developing capacity building plans, and supporting the utilization of quality data to inform programming.
6. Extensive knowledge of working with community governmental, non-profit, and other community-based organizations, including county level public health/mental health/substance use agencies is preferred.
7. Knowledge of principles of program planning, implementation, evaluation and trend analysis as well as, knowledge and application of research ethics, evaluation standards, IRB processes and Human Participant Protection laws is preferred.

Additional Information:

Additional Qualifications/Information:

Ability to develop frameworks for improving communication and decision making among multiple stakeholders with diverse needs and interests, including knowledge of communications research methods for health promotion and a variety of communication channels to reach diverse audiences is desired.

Cultural competence and application of equity-based principles in evaluation design and implementation, including the ability to describe the effects of an intervention or program on diverse populations with a demonstrated knowledge of health disparities and factors that increase the risk of illness, disability, addiction, and mental illness is desired.

Primary office location for this position will be at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 1 West Wilson St, Madison, WI.

Some travel within Wisconsin is required, and candidate must be qualified to drive UW fleet cars and/or able to provide own means of transportation.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including at least one current or former supervisor.


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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Apr 8 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: May 7 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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