Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Job Opening: Planning Council

Position Announcement: Evaluation Associate

The Planning Council has an opening for an Evaluation Associate position. The Evaluation Associate will be responsible for working on evaluations of health and human services programs and research related to community issues in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Planning Council is a non-profit organization that serves as an independent resource for information, education, research, and consulting on community issues.

Required Education and Experience
Education – Masters Degree or other advanced degree required.
Program evaluation experience – graduate level training and/or relevant work experience in program evaluation.
Community experience – past experience working with non-profit or governmental agencies, diverse community groups, and/or consumers of health or human services.

Required Skills
Listening skills – actively attends to and conveys understanding of the comments and questions of others; listens well in a group.
Analytical skills – gathers relevant information systematically; understands complexities and perceives relationships among problems or issues; accurately uses logic and interpretation in analyses; understands limitations of research approaches and methods.
Written communication skills – conveys information clearly and effectively; summarizes qualitative and quantitative data accurately and objectively, with attention given to the intended audience.
Oral communication skills – speaks clearly and expresses self well in groups and one-on-one.
Values diversity – shows respect and appreciation for diversity.
Interpersonal skills – sets appropriate personal and interpersonal boundaries; ability to be flexible.
Capacity for teamwork – works well both independently and within a team approach to project management.

Demonstrated Knowledge
Evaluation – familiarity with traditional program evaluation methods and emerging trends in evaluation; awareness of and/or experience with community-based research; familiarity with data collection instruments and procedures; familiarity with evaluator role and ethics; understanding of the function and use of program evaluation within non-profit agencies; understanding of the role of evaluation in federally funded programs (e.g., SAMHSA).
Data analysis –experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis and data interpretation.
Computer software – proficient with the application of computer programs for data entry and data analysis (e.g., Excel, Access, SPSS).
Human services – experience in mental health and/or substance abuse fields highly preferred.

Please submit resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references by May 15th, 2008 to:
Janet DeJesus, Office Manager
Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Inc.,
1442 N. Farwell Ave., Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53202
jdejesus [at] planningcouncil [dot] org


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