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The Minnesota Office of Higher Education invites applications for a Program Evaluation and Research Manager for its Get Ready/GEAR UP program and other related program initiatives.
Responsibilities include: Manage, design and conduct quantitative and qualitative studies, and analysis of its Get Ready/GEAR UP program; design and conduct research studies and analyses related to early college awareness; oversee and manage agency program evaluation projects; design, conduct and manage longitudinal studies; assist with and coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive early college awareness data collection and reporting system; manage an enhanced program evaluation system; track and analyze best practices in early college awareness programs and identify means and processes to assure continual improvement in the agency’s early college awareness programs and initiatives; and work with internal staff and external customers in the state to further the agency’s mission.
Candidate Requirements: As a minimum, the incumbent must possess strong organizational, research, problem solving and program evaluation skills as indicated by a Masters Degree or Doctorate in program evaluation, social and behavioral sciences, curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, statistics, or policy analysis plus five years of relevant experience.
The incumbent must also possess:
• demonstrated knowledge of college awareness and preparation issues, particularly as they relate to low-income and under-represented populations in higher education;
• demonstrated expertise in program evaluation, including advanced education in evaluation theory, methods, and models, with extensive experience in evaluation practice;
• experience managing and conducting multiple large scale research/evaluation projects;
• experience with K-12 educational programs and measurement, including the use of achievement data for instructional decisions and the use of research findings for the design of interventions;
• demonstrated skill in survey sampling and weighting, and conducting statistical analysis;
• a strong working knowledge of social science research methods and experience in primary data collection procedures, particularly with regard to surveys, interviews, and both qualitative and quantitative methodology, and practicalities of implementation;
• experience with identifying relevant indicators for performance measurement and structuring the use of results for program/organizational decisions and improvement;
• strong problem solving resolution, organizational, analytical, and communication (oral and written) skills;
• ability to collaborate effectively with diverse groups and stakeholders;
• demonstrated competency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and statistical software (SPSS); and
• a high degree of competency in the initiation, design, implementation, and presentation of policy-oriented research.
The incumbent must also possess the ability to present complex information in an understandable manner to diverse groups; and the ability to conduct research studies and program evaluation activities that will drive quality improvement within the Get Ready/GEAR UP program, and ensure the achievement of program outcomes.
(Qualifications – education/training, experience and/or achievements – should demonstrate a level of knowledge /skill/ability sufficient to perform or readily learn to perform the Job Duties effectively.)
The Office of Higher Education:
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to post-secondary education.
The agency serves as the state grantee of a federal GEAR UP program entitled Get Ready! and administers other initiatives related to early college awareness and access. The agency serves as the state’s clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on post-secondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and trends.
In addition to providing a current resume, applicants are asked to mail/send a cover letter explaining the reasons you are interested in this position and why you feel your background and experience are relevant to the responsibilities of this position.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Attention: Lynne Richárd, Human Resources
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
Application deadline date:
To qualify for initial consideration, applications must be received by April 27, 2012, although additional applications may continue to be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Review of applications is ongoing and interviews will be scheduled as appropriate. Candidate finalists will be asked to supply contact information for three references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications and professional accomplishments. Successful candidates must pass authorized background checks. Candidates will be responsible for interview-related expenses.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer