Senior Associate, Evidence Based Practice Group

Senior Associate, Evidence Based Practice Group

Hiring Organization: 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Description: 
POSITION SUMMARY

The Foundation’s Evidence-Based Practice Group (EBPG), within the Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data (REED) unit, supports building evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of practices, programs and policies in Casey priority areas that ensure youth and young adults have the family connections, relationships, communities and educational and employment opportunities they need and want to be able to thrive.

Reporting to the EBPG director, the senior associate plays a leadership role in the Foundation’s strategic grant-making process and in working with Casey units to support and sustain the supply of culturally specific, evidence-based programs. The senior associate oversees Casey’s portfolio of evidence-based and promising programs and practices designed to promote equitable outcomes. The senior associate plays a critical role by coordinating and providing technical assistance and working in partnership with program leaders of color to build capacity in implementation and program evaluation for scaling and sustainability.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide content expertise on evidence-based program (EBP) implementation, program fidelity monitoring and engagement strategies
  • Promote the Foundation’s focus on evidence-based practice, communicating information to policymakers, target communities, providers, philanthropic partners and the general public
  • Support a proposal evaluation process that focuses on evidence-based practice, soundness of project design and adequacy of program evaluation and sustainability
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees, including conducting orientation sessions for new grantees, convening and leading workshops and facilitating roundtable discussions
  • Establish and maintain positive relations with program developers, technical assistance providers, community leaders and members, and other key partners
  • Collaborate with the director and other senior research associates in supporting equitable approaches to evidence development and use and facilitating engagement with impacted populations, as appropriate
  • Prepare written reports and program/policy analyses
  • Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender
  • Work collaboratively with other teams across the Foundation
  • Initiate and monitor grants, contracts and invoices to ensure compliance and timely completion of requirements
  • Partner with the REED vice president and EBPG director, in collaboration with other REED senior associates, to develop a budget and refine an overall approach to supporting the Foundation’s work

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master’s degree at a minimum, in a relevant field (e.g., social work, public health, education, juvenile justice or mental health) with a minimum of 12 years of work experience
  • Minimum of three years of management experience in a human services field. Management experience must include supervisory responsibilities as well as operational oversight of budgets and strategic planning
  • Experience with recruitment and retention of target populations that could benefit from evidence based programs and/or experience with building provider capacity to engage target populations
  • Experience working in community settings and/or with system leaders in child welfare, education, juvenile justice, mental health or other human services fields
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and delivery is essential
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Strategic Thinking and Agility: Demonstrated ability to think organizationally and to manage the resources to solve complex problems. Commitment to a service concept of philanthropy and to the public trust. Outstanding judgment, initiative and motivation, including a capacity to both support and lead effectively when working with Foundation leaders, senior researchers, policy makers, consumers and advocates. Intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for diverse professional challenges
  • Equity and Inclusion: Demonstrated ability to lead efforts to build equity into solutions and organizations. Ability to work with people who have diverse perspectives and backgrounds to facilitate strong relationships and shared interests. Ability to collaborate with grantees, be comfortable with their changing needs and remain open to different deliverable and progression rates for each grantee, serving as a thought partner to leaders and program developers of color
  • Communication: Exceptional writing, public speaking and presentation skills, including experience presenting complex subject matter to non-expert audiences and high-level decision makers in a strengths-based and positive manner, with particular expertise in communicating research findings, data and issues to non-research audiences. Is a good listener
  • Analytical and Assessment Skills: Strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Adept in assessing, analyzing, maintaining and disseminating data and information
  • Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates potential challenges and conflicts, planning accordingly; views corporate policies as a necessary part of organizational life. Acts as a communications bridge between grantees/contractors and Foundation colleagues
  • Intellectual Curiosity and Creativity: Comes up with many new and unique ideas; easily makes connections between previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as adding value to brainstorming sessions; challenges the status quo, takes risks, supports change and encourages innovation
  • Project Management: Establishes project goals, workplans, milestones and procedures; defines roles and responsibilities, acquires supportive resources. Displays the administrative and organizational skills necessary to coordinate, implement and oversee multiple complex projects within the EBPG and throughout the organization. Monitors and reports on progress.
  • Planning/Organizing: Ability to prioritize among multiple competing demands in a manner consistent with the REED mission of promoting data-driven, research-based decision making in the Foundation and the field
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, inside and outside the Foundation; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team. Demonstrated ability to build field relationships and to engage co-investors
  • Computer Skills: Has computer skills that encompass databases designed for routine grants management, reporting, correspondence and statistical analysis. Familiarity with relevant national databases, on-going studies and technical trends
  • Evidence-Based Practice Skills: In-depth knowledge of EBP implementation including staff selection, performance evaluation, training and coaching; and policies necessary to support successful EBP implementation. Knowledge of successful implementation, evaluation and performance management
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
  • Microsoft Office suite, smart phones, copy machine, fax machine, etc
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
  • This work is performed primarily in an office setting, with some travel may be required.
COMPENSATION
  • This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis.
Application instructions: 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter describing how you fit the qualifications above, why you are the best person for this job, and why working for the Foundation as a senior associate interests you via this jobs portal. The Foundation will not consider resumes submitted without a cover letter.

Publish date: 
09/01/2021
Position Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
Type of Position: 
Full-Time
Education Requirement: 
Master’s
Experience Requirement: 
> 10 Years
Submitting Organization: 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation