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Director of Research and Evaluation

Umoja Community
California, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Mar 13, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Other Administrative
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African American and other students. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student–body, mind and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja Community will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought. The Umoja Community seeks to help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education.


Umoja Community is currently seeking a full-time, hybrid Director of Research and Evaluation (DR&E), located in the state of California, to help us as we strive to meet our mission. The primary duties of the DR&E are to develop, implement, and oversee Umoja’s evaluation, measurement, and program impact activities and coordinate external research partnerships. The ideal candidate will have both a solid academic background and significant experience working in program evaluation. They must be adept at helping others understand why and how data can be most helpful to them in operating programs. In addition, this person's vision, deep commitment to social justice, inclination toward continuous improvement, and her/his/their client-centered focus will assist in more fully integrating this function into and throughout the organization.


Measurement & Evaluation: 

Use data to develop policy and program recommendations for senior and middle management, external partners, policymakers, and the general public. 

  • Lead the development. Implementation and management of data sharing agreements that are mutually beneficial to external partners. 
  • Lead Umoja's measurement and evaluation activities for Umoja’s suite of programs, pilots and other initiatives to ensure robust evidence to inform program and policy scaling, pivots, grant applications, reporting, funding and other adjustments. 
  • Lead management of data and information systems and analytic efforts to ensure robust data practices are used to inform agency policy and programming. 
  • Keep up to date with research and trends for educationally underrepresented student populations and share with staff, campus partners, and external audiences. 
  • Contribute to basic Umoja training offerings through the creation of training material, especially within the area of outcomes data related to student support services and instructional support.

Research Partnerships and Learning: 

  • Collaborate with senior leadership to develop Umoja's research agenda and lead its implementation. 
  • Foster and support applied research partnerships that answer operational questions, inform organizational strategy, and contribute to the national dialogue around Black and other student success. 
  • Develop and manage processes, learning formats, and communication tools to ensure research, measurement, analysis, and evaluation results are disseminated in practical and actionable formats for Umoja staff and leadership and external audiences and partners. 
  • Work with the staff and college-based Umoja program coordinators to help establish and collaborate with the college-based Institutional Research Offices to design and implement an Umoja research agenda; and 
  • Participate in planning and facilitation of the Regional Symposia, Summer Learning Institute, the Umoja statewide conference as well as other designated events and trainings as assigned. 


  • Lead, mentor, and oversee the research and evaluation team. 
  • Develop an overarching vision for the role of research, evaluation, and continuous process improvement within the organization. 
  • Provide leadership and recommendations for emergent organizational strategies and policy initiatives, including grant development, writing and idea synthesis, and internal and external stakeholder engagement. 
  • Oversee, plan, and monitor the reporting of third-party grants received as well as use of grants distributed. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the CEO. 

Presentations and Electronic Materials: 

  • Contribute to development of electronic materials for Umoja’s website, and other marketing materials and reports. 
  • As necessary, make presentations to professional, educational, and community conferences and organizations 


Supervisory Responsibility: Yes 


Travel: 40% 


Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Evaluation Science, Sociology, Applied Statistics or closely related field, Master's Degree preferred AND 
  • A minimum of six years of experience with applied research strategy and/or design and implementation, policy analysis, program evaluation and measurement OR 
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position. 


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Experience supervising staff including coaching, mentoring, and providing strong leadership in a dynamic work environment. 
  • Knowledge of education student success literature and/or knowledge of related social policy arenas such as health, housing, or other areas. 
  • Experience conducting or leading program assessments. 
  • Experience translating program evaluation findings into improvements to current program effectiveness or future program development. 
  • Experience managing external evaluators conducting program evaluation activities. 
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with analytic software programs such as Stata, Tableau, and/or GIS; proficiency with MS Office to include Word, Excel, Outlook, and database software. 
  • Applies effective written and verbal communication techniques to convey clear and timely messages to internal and external stakeholders; listens to others’ ideas and concerns; has exceptional public speaking skills. 
  • Values and contributes to a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity, equity, and inclusion; treats others with respect; promotes cooperation. 
  • Analyzes problems, identifies alternative solutions, and implements recommendations; demonstrates critical, creative, and reflective thinking. 
  • Establishes and nurtures relationships with internal and external stakeholders, regularly inviting feedback and suggestions; works cooperatively with others as an active member of a team. 
  • Works effectively and efficiently to provide quality service to satisfy service expectations; seeks ways to improve service delivery; demonstrates strong program management skills. 
  • Takes responsibility for own work performance and balancing critical job requirements, initiating, and completing work; manages time/conflict/stress; ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities; responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values. 
  • Collaborative team player that is at ease working with multiple and diverse stakeholders and who brings enthusiasm, curiosity, humility, and humor to their work.

As a member of the Umoja Community you will enjoy: 

  • Full Benefits 
  • 14 Paid Vacation Days 
  • Hybrid Work Environment 
  • Professional Development 

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