The Center for Research Evaluation is an independent evaluation
center housed at the University of Mississippi. We work with
communities, universities and other mission-focused organizations
to lead meaningful evaluations that enhance the impact of their
We are recruiting a full-time Principal Evaluation
Associate to help lead either our
Education or Community
change-focused evaluation units within the center.
The Principal Evaluation Associate will develop and lead a
program of creative, meaningful evaluation research in their
specific content area (i.e., Education and/or Community change).
They will be charged with leading and building out their
relevant unit, serving as Principal Investigator on
content-relevant evaluations and supervising/supporting the
Graduate Assistants, Project Coordinators, Evaluation Associates
and Senior Evaluation Associates who serve on their team. The
Principal Evaluation Associate will also have responsibilities for
business development, with the long-term goal that the Principal
Evaluation Associate will lead a self-sustaining unit.
Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a Principal Evaluation Associate who is
entrepreneurial, creative and eager to make an impact in
Mississippi. We’re also looking for someone with outstanding skills
in quantitative and qualitative research/evaluation methodologies
and has multiple years of experience with a wide range of
evaluation approaches. We’re also looking for a creative,
analytical thinker who can critically analyze an evaluation context
and match client needs to evaluation methods, while finding
innovative ways to answer important questions in unique
circumstances. Our ideal candidate is also actively involved in the
professional evaluation field (i.e., the American Evaluation
Association, local affiliates, regional associations or other
communities of practice).
As an organization we want to make evaluation as easy as
possible for our clients. So, we’re looking for a Principal
Evaluation Associate who has the people skills to build strong and
trusting relationships; who can talk about evaluation findings to
nontechnical audiences; and can also create simple reports that
translate complex data into meaningful insights for busy clients.
At CERE, our mission is to support meaningful social change, so we
are looking for candidates who can facilitate data-informed
conversations in support of that goal.
Our Principal Evaluation Associates will serve as the Principal
Investigator on 10+ evaluation projects at any given time, so
should be someone who thrives in a fast-pace environment and enjoys
managing multiple projects at one time.
We especially seek candidates with diverse experiences and
backgrounds—and who have experience in, and are interested in
contributing to evaluations that explore issues of diversity and
- Possession of a terminal degree in an appropriate field (e.g.,
Ph.D. in Measurement, Evaluation, Psychology, Public Health,
Education, Political Science, or an Ed.D., etc.).
- The attainment of national reputation for successful research
relating to evaluation in a specific area, as evidenced by
authorship of one or more published books or numerous refereed
articles in leading journals, collaborations with national
researchers/evaluators and/or the receipt of funding in support of
research or evaluation projects.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a research/evaluation group.
- Demonstrated experience leading evaluation for paying
- Demonstrated ability to attract research/evaluation funding
necessary to support a team of evaluators.
- Demonstrated ability in evaluation-related budget development
and/or budget management experience.
- Demonstrated ability to design strategic plans for a program of
evaluation research within a specific content area.
- Demonstrated ability to network locally, nationally and
internationally in support of marketing and promotion efforts.
- Demonstrated ability to independently lead high-quality
evaluations that are practically useful for clients and/or
- Demonstrated ability to independently build and maintain
strong, trusting relationships with evaluation clients and
community organizations/members. Our center works with federal and
state agencies, philanthropies and non-profits, institutes of
higher education and faculty on our campus to lead evaluation
activities to support improvement, adaptation and learning; the
ideal candidate will be skilled in building relationships with
clients from a number of these backgrounds.
Principal Evaluation Associates independently lead evaluation
teams who deliver high quality, technically sound and useful
evaluations for our clients. The primary purpose of the Principal
Evaluation Associate role is to develop and run programs of
evaluation research within a specific content area (e.g. Public
Health, Education, Community Development, etc.). Principal
Evaluation Associates are also responsible for attracting
research/evaluation funding to support their teams.
- Designs strategic plans for a program of evaluation research
within the Principal’s content area
- Networks locally, across the state, nationally and
internationally to build CERE’s profile and establish relationships
that support the Principal’s program of work
- Responds to requests for proposals, leads grant applications as
the Principal Investigator to establish a successful evaluation
- Manages a team of Evaluation Associates, Senior Evaluation
Associates and Graduate Assistants
- Designs high quality, innovative and creative evaluations that
help organizations achieve positive change
- Acts as a thought leader within the field of evaluation,
regularly contributing to evaluation research on topics related to
the Principal’s content area of expertise
- Contributes to the development of new evaluation methods and
Building Evaluation Capacity
- Builds evaluation capacity across the state by leading
evaluation workshops and other capacity building efforts
The candidate would be expected to work from the Oxford campus.
Successful candidates will also be expected to travel (typically
throughout the United States or Mississippi) approximately 10-20%
of the time.
If you’d like to join our team, please send us your resume along
with a cover letter that describes how and why you think this role
might be a good fit for you; what you would bring to this role; a
sample of your work (e.g., an evaluation report that you have been
the primary author on) and what you would like to learn during your
time in role.
For additional information and to apply, please go to https://jobs.olemiss.edu. You can
also read more about our center at cere.olemiss.edu. Questions may
be directed to Dr. Sarah Mason, search committee chair, at
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool has been
established. The University of Mississippi is an
VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.
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