Apply today! Data and Evaluation Lead (Project Program Manager III)  

The application deadline is April 1, 2023. 

Job Description 

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is seeking a Data and Evaluation Lead (Project Program Manager III). This position will lead the evaluation and performance measurement support for DCHS’s Children, Youth and Young Adults Division (CYYAD). This division is home to Best Starts for Kids, the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account, Restorative Community Pathways, and a direct services unit operating several programs for youth and young adults.  

Job Duties 

Support the development of strategic vision and direction 

  • Provide collaborative leadership among PME and CYYAD to identify, develop, and evolve data and evaluation strategy in close partnership with the CYYA division and informed by an equity lens. 
  • Facilitate conversations to align measures across CYYAD strategies and programs to demonstrate the broader results and impacts for youth and communities being served. 
  • Present or lead discussions about data for a wide range of audiences including policy makers, system administrators, service providers, clients, advocates and/or community representatives. 
  • Provide leadership in the development, implementation, and management of continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes needed to support community partners demonstrate positive change for young people they serve. 
  • Serve as a liaison to key external data and evaluation partners. 

Lead a highly technical team 

  • Provide leadership and support evaluation staff to develop, analyze and report evaluation and performance measurement of CYYA programs and strategies. 
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of a strong, supportive, and equity-driven team culture. 
  • Participate as an extended unit leadership team member and ensure consistency of activities with unit and department mission and goals. 

Manage performance measurement and evaluation activities 

  • Direct and coordinate performance measurement, policy analysis, and evaluation activities, including development of measures, evaluations, and theories of change. This may include leading or co-leading evaluation for more complex programs or conducting independent research projects. 
  • Review and/or develop reports, dashboards, presentations, and other visual representations of data. 
  • Support the analysis and interpretation of both quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate statistical methods, data manipulation tools, and an equity lens. 
  • Oversee and/or develop responses to data requests requiring integrated data or complex analytical approaches. 
  • Draft and review contracts associated with projects assigned to team. 

Perform other duties as assigned 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills 

  • Demonstrated experience applying racial equity and social justice principles to evaluation design and implementation, including methods, analysis, results interpretation, and dissemination. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with community, health or human services organizations in designing and implementing real world performance measurement, including quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. 
  • Experience directly supervising staff and/or providing functional leadership to a team.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis principles and methods, principles and practices of intervention research and program evaluation, subject privacy, methods, tools and techniques of applied research, study design and advanced analytic procedures, and data collection methods including surveys and computerized database systems. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate evaluation concepts to diverse audiences in multiple settings.   
  • Skilled at writing professional documents for specific audiences including high-level summaries for non-technical stakeholders and detailed technical notes for evaluation colleagues.   
  • Experience successfully managing complex projects, summarizing information for diverse audiences, making decisions, and meeting deadlines.  
  • Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and develop collaborative relationships as part of a team. 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to ensuring children, youth and families are happy, healthy, safe and thriving.  
  • Experience with data management, analysis, and visualization tools such as R, Tableau, SQL, and/or Excel.  
  • Experience in utilizing a Results-Based Accountability framework. 

Best Starts for Kids  

Building on the deep knowledge, connections, and skills within King County communities, and backed by what science and research tells us about human development, the Best Starts for Kids King County initiative meets children and families with the right services at the right time. The first Best Starts for Kids levy, approved by King County voters in 2015, reached 490,000 of King County’s youngest children and their families and 40,000 youth and young adults, catalyzing strong starts in a child’s earliest years, and sustaining those gains through to adulthood. In August 2021, King County voters chose to renew the levy with over 62% approval for another six years. The plan for Best Starts for Kids 2.0 will maintain current Best Starts for Kids investments in promotion, prevention, and early intervention, while deepening our investments to address critical needs in our community. View the Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan: 2022 – 2027.  

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