Evaluation Specialist - Research & Assessment

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Job Title: Evaluation Specialist - Research & Assessmentand Requisition ID number: 59906
Close Date:11:59 PM on 09/19/2019
Organizational Unit: Research & Assessment (10001130)
Site: Davis Center (0001)
FTE: 1.0 FTE - 40 hours/week; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time
Union: AMP(42)
Functional Area: Administrative

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.

SUMMARY Under general supervision, performs program evaluation for MPS to include analysis of program and organizational effectiveness on comprehensive school reform efforts and other school change initiatives and interventions; conducts training in data-based decision-making.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Conducts program evaluations for Minneapolis Public Schools, including developing first draft of a variety of survey instruments to gather the necessary data; interviewing District staff or others as appropriate; conducting focus groups and performing systematic observations; collecting, coding and preparing data for analysis and analyzing both the qualitative and quantitative data gathered; developing summaries of the analysis; making recommendations and related activities.
• Makes presentations of evaluation results to District staff and others as appropriate; follow-up with staff to assure that they know how to interpret and use the evaluation results.
• Supports leadership in developing efficient systems to meet reporting requirements; seek input from stakeholders and revise systems as necessary.
• Conducts educational research; review and summarize extant literature on particular topics.
• Assists other department staff with completing requests for evaluation data from the central office, individual schools, external evaluators and/or others.
• Works with individual schools to design, support and expand their evaluation efforts as well as with central office staff on their evaluation efforts.
• Compiles, evaluates and analyzes information, and interprets impact of report results.
• Maintains data infrastructure for performance information and achievement indices.
• Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
• Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent's goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
• Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
Master's Degree in Public Policy, Statistics, Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation, or related field, or related field; AND one (1) year of professional program evaluation experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:
• State and Federal laws and regulatory issues governing school Programs in public education, including rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
• Cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity of program stakeholders and considerable ability to work effectively in the cultural context of programmatic offerings and with MPS staff representing diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
• Program evaluation theory and methods including quantitative and qualitative evaluation.
• Statistics, research methods, and quantitative and qualitative research standards.
• Statistical software packages, databases, spreadsheets, and other computer programs to manage large data files and translate quantitative data into information useful for planning, evaluation, and other decision-making purposes.
• Advanced mathematical principles as applied to quantitative research and evaluation projects. • Specialized MPS and state agency software applications and procedures.
• Principles of record keeping, records management, and management of confidential records.

Skill in:
• Determining and solving problems of a complex nature.
• Meeting multiple deadlines, prioritizing work and responding to changing priorities.
• Using quantitative and qualitative software programs to conduct data analysis
• Working with large data files.
• Interpreting, and applying state and Federal statutes, codes, rules, and regulations.
• Researching, collecting, analyzing, and preparing data and generating reports.
• Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, advocates and representatives from community groups and government agencies.
• Operating a personal computer utilizing specialized presentation and graphics software.
• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

A valid Minnesota State Driver's License may be required.

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

• Bargaining Unit: AMP
• Grade: 65
• FLSA Status: Exempt
• Job Group: Academics
• New: March 10, 2015

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

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