Organization Name: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Organization Description: For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in the state, territorial, local, and tribal (STLT) public health agencies to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at www.cste.org.
Position Description:Under the general supervision of the Chief Medical Officer, the Director of Evaluation and Assessment leads CSTE’s evaluation and assessment initiatives to provide critical information to inform CSTE’s national voice in scientific and policy discussions. The Director leads the Evaluation and Assessment Team to provide strategic direction, thought leadership, and progressive ideas in the areas of assessment and survey fielding, qualitative and quantitative methods, data visualization, and analytics. The director will be responsible for designing and implementing practical, timely, and rigorous monitoring and evaluation, assessments, and initiatives that provide valuable information to CSTE leadership, including the Executive Board, and staff in support of our organizational mission.
This is a management-level position at the CSTE National Office ideal for detail-oriented individuals with excellent evaluation skills, data analysis abilities, and experience involving public health assessment data. Strong mixed-methods analytical skills, evaluation capacity building, and communication skills are critical. This person will provide technical leadership, overseeing and providing strategic direction for all aspects of monitoring and evaluation and assessments conducted at CSTE to support the work of the organization as well as its members. Experience working in a state, local, federal, or non-profit public health setting, as well as in program administration is preferred.
The Director, under the supervision of the Chief Medical Officer and in close coordination with other Senior Directors, will oversee all aspects of CSTE’s program evaluation and assessment activities. The Director will champion an innovative and data-driven approach to CSTE’s role in supporting state health agencies as a foundation for driving improvements in operations and strategic decision-making, including the development of a frequent jurisdiction rapid assessment process. Evaluation and assessments are conducted to support CSTE programs and projects, including but not limited to CSTE’s fellowship and training/mentorship programs, epidemiology capacity assessments in STLT public health agencies, grant-funded activities, and programs, emergency response activities (e.g., COVID-19 response) including after action reviews, current surveillance practices/policies in place at STLT agencies in the US, as well as the annual CSTE conference and other large meetings/webinars. The Director will also lead the evaluation process for CSTE’s Strategic Plan (See 2021-2022 Strategic Plan at https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.cste.org/resource/resmgr/aboutcste/One_Pager_v5.pdf). The Director will work cross-functionally with executive leadership, programmatic leads, government relations, evaluation, IT, member engagement, and surveillance and informatics teams.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Build evaluation capacity at CSTE with a focus on building and fostering a culture for evaluation. Provide leadership and direction on all monitoring and evaluation activities.
Supervise the work of evaluation staff (currently two staff) and ensure the ongoing enhancement of their level of professional expertise and professional development. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; conducting annual performance evaluations.
Proactively collaborate with and develop formal processes for staff to request assistance with program evaluation, and to ensure active engagement and regular communication and coordination between the evaluation staff and the program/project leads throughout the evaluation period.
Work closely with staff in the Grants and Contracting Office in writing grants and reports for funders, to ensure evaluation is incorporated from the start. Ensure compliance with performance evaluation requirements for CSTE grants and cooperative agreements and help program staff develop metrics that meaningfully measure the impact of funded activities. Manage ongoing evaluation activities of CSTE cooperative agreement/grants, coordinating funder expectations with member needs as appropriate, and consulting with other CSTE staff as required to coordinate activities.
Develop and oversee evaluation design, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologic approaches, and data analyses and completion of final reports that clearly convey the key findings and their significance, to support the recommendations provided.
Manage timelines to ensure evaluation projects are completed in an efficient manner. Regularly review and as needed update evaluation plans for all projects and communicate changes with relevant CSTE staff and stakeholders, including the CSTE Executive Board and members.
Work collaboratively with CSTE staff and stakeholders to develop and facilitate evaluation projects, including creating logic models and output/outcome metrics as well as preparing final summary reports.
Collaborate with external evaluators working on CSTE projects to design evaluations that are aligned with key organizational metrics.
Conduct assessments of STLT agencies and/or CSTE members to provide relevant information for CSTE Senior Staff and the Executive Board to speak on behalf of national issues related to public health and epidemiology. Lead multi-jurisdictional analyses projects and publish results. Act as spokesperson for CSTE, including providing periodic updates of the technical progress of assessment and evaluation projects to the CSTE Executive Board, consultants, members, grant funders (e.g., CDC), and other partners.
Conduct literature reviews to identify appropriate evaluation methods and stay abreast of evaluation literature to maintain best practices and informed evaluation designs.
Write and submit articles and findings for publication; create innovative displays for presentations and reports; summarize and present findings to executive-level leadership, jurisdictions and staff via meetings, workshops, webinars, and conferences.
Provide periodic training to CSTE staff through Lunch and Learns and present to CSTE members on relevant evaluation methods and tools.
Participate in interdepartmental program/project management initiatives to advise on best practices for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of programs.
Undertake assessments and other evaluation activities to improve programs that support STLT health departments and CSTE public health partners.
Provide Senior Directors with written progress reports evaluating funded projects from outside agencies including CDC, RWJF, etc.
Qualifications and Employment Requirements:
Strong candidates possess the following abilities:
Think strategically and critically to solve complex problems and plan for the future.
A Progressive and creative mindset that thrives on identifying and realizing new opportunities.
Strong written communication skills, including presentations and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
Strong oral communication skills to effectively present information to CSTE staff, members, and the Executive Board, as well as funders.
Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Build consensus, facilitate meetings, and negotiate conflict.
Culturally sensitive, possesses interpersonal skills and diplomacy.
Understanding the importance of approaching work with a focus on health equity.
Effectively prioritizes multiple tasks.
Read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals, financial reports, legal documents, and grant documents including funding opportunities and notices of awards.
Proficient use of computer software such as Qualtrics, Tableau, Smartsheet, Word, Excel, Access, SAS, R, SPSS, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
Excellent data visualization skills.
Conduct other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience:8+ years of experience with program evaluation, evaluation methods, and program monitoring required to develop high-quality evaluations. Masters Degree required, Ph.D. highly preferred. Demonstration of experience with cooperative agreement funding/grant reporting requirements is preferred.
Knowledge: Extensive understanding of program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research design, and analysis. Familiarity with STLT public health department functions and the field of surveillance and applied epidemiology.
Skillset: Developing and implementing evaluations and presenting findings; data analysis and visualizations; project management; strong written and verbal presentation of evaluation information. Strong supervisory/mentoring skills and experience. Outstanding written and oral communications; robust ability to write and describe complex concepts in easy-to-understand language; strong computer skills; ability to document ideas, interpret and explain program progress and outcomes both orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse groups; ability to organize and execute work with limited supervision and within established timeframes and budgets; and ability to contribute to teamwork. Must be able to work independently and on many different projects at the same time.
About Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at www.cste.org - 'About'