The Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) is responsible for leading the research agenda of the UNCF, the execution of numerous methods that support the agenda, and central in the development of the organization’s stance on advocating for HBCUs. The Research Associate is a critical component of the FDPRI, directly informing research strategies and decisions at various levels. Additionally, the Research Associate is charged with developing and executing a broad range of research methods, including the evaluation and learning work to inform strategy, practice, and future research. The Research Associate will support the research team in supporting program evaluation and assessment, the development of new knowledge through the collection of data, and the analysis of existing data. Additionally, the individual will work with academic and research partners to support the quality of their work, and identify and undertake research to inform UNCF’s ongoing organizational and strategy development.
The successful candidate will be part of a team seeking to partner with HBCUs and PBIs to increase student success outcomes and UNCF member institutional health and will work with a broad range of individuals and constituencies across the United States. The position requires a highly motivated and collaborative individual, who can communicate effectively and possesses strong organizational, analytic, evaluation, and writing abilities.
Research Associate, Learning and Evaluation
Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, UNCF
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Program Evaluation Design, Implementation, and Learning
Assess needs and design monitoring and evaluation plans to address the progress of scholarship, professional development, and institutional transformation programs.
Manage quality mid-term, final, developmental, and other types of evaluations of projects that support strategic learning on HBCUs.
Lead efforts to link program evaluation with ongoing program planning and improvement, including assistance with developing and/or updating strategic approaches, logic models, theories of change, identifying appropriate indicators, and analyzing data.
Managed the analysis and synthesis of key themes, achievements and lessons-learned
Collaborate with UNCF staff and external stakeholders to effectively share the lessons learned from programs
Contribute to fostering a “culture of evaluation” and expand the organization’s capacity and efforts around institutional learning and knowledge management.
Execute training and development programming for UNCF staff to use data in internal and external deliverables.
Execute various methodologies and methods related to overall UNCF research strategy
Produce literature for the higher education field related to UNCF program analysis
Assist in the creation and mainstreaming of best practice resources about data and research on higher education.