NRPA believes in the power of parks and recreation to increase the health, wellness, vitality and resilience of communities everywhere. Rooted in social equity, NRPA advocates on behalf of all people, delivering funding, resources and innovative solutions to the issues impacting our communities.
NRPA is currently seeking an Evaluation Manager to join our Research, Evaluation, and Technology department.
The Evaluation Manager supports NRPA’s growing evaluation activities. They provide data analysis and reporting support that furthers NRPA’s goals in the areas of community health & wellness, park access, resiliency, and equity.
This position plays a key role providing evaluation support for grant programs in communities across the United States. This position is also responsible for coordinating the data collection, analysis, and reporting of key data to help the organization and the Programs, Partnerships, and Development team measure progress toward long-term goals.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Providing evaluation support for several grant programs, including, but not limited to:
Collaborating with the Programs, Partnerships, and Development team members and other departments to develop effective evaluation plans for grant programs
Measuring the short- and long-term impact of national community health, equitable park access, and resiliency initiatives using a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative data sources
Analyzing, reporting, and presenting evaluation results in a variety of formats
Conducting site work and evaluation-related training for grants (e.g., park observations. administering neighborhood surveys, site visits, survey administration training)
Executing the day-to-day responsibilities of the organization-wide and grants performance measurement systems, including, but not limited to:
Managing monthly, quarterly, and annual data collection and management
Analyzing trends with a wide variety of data sources and drawing conclusions for the Research and Programs, Partnerships, and Development teams
Reporting data through online dashboards, presentations, and meetings
Collaborating with the Senior Evaluation Manager and members of the Research Team to improve the way that NRPA measures the performance and long-term impact of its grant and other initiatives.
Working with the Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology and the Senior Evaluation Manager to support NRPA members in advancing local evaluation strategies to include developing resources, creating content, providing technical assistance, and facilitating trainings and other professional development offerings.
Representing NRPA at conferences, meetings, and site visits with local park and recreation agencies.
Undertaking special projects and assignments as directed.
Seeking new methodologies for evaluating the impact of NRPA’s grants in communities and the overall impact of NRPA.
Bachelor's degree or continued education equivalent or industry certification or equivalent. Advanced degree is preferred.
3-5 years of work experience in data management and analysis; Research and/or program evaluation experience a plus.
Coursework in introductory data analysis and statistics (descriptive statistics, t-test, regression, pre/post analysis, longitudinal analysis)
Advanced MS Excel skills (pivot tables, formulas, descriptive statistics, data visualization); Experience creating and modifying tables and figures in MS Word; Experience with Tableau, SPSS, and ArcGIS preferred; Experience with MaxQDA (or other qualitative analysis tool) a plus.
Experience designing and administering survey questions and analyzing survey data, including pre/post analyses. Experience using online survey tools.
Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate data analysis results and key findings to a wide variety of audiences.
Interest and willingness to facilitate meetings, trainings, and professional development opportunities, and present on behalf of NRPA at conferences and meetings.
Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion concepts, is able to represent those in external relationships, and ensures that they are reflected in the programs and activities for which they are responsible.
Passion for parks and recreation, health equity, community health, emerging public health threats, and/or social justice.
Adheres to NRPA policies and contributes to an inclusive work culture.
Willing to travel up to 25 days per year. Remote workers must visit NRPA Headquarters periodically, including attendance at the NRPA annual conference.
Candidate Work Style
Excels in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment
Self-directed and detail-oriented with a collaborative and professional team spirit to contribute to a collegial, team-oriented environment
Willing and able to learn new skills and tools, as needed
Required Materials and Application Process: Applicants without the following required materials may not be considered for this position:
Cover Letter detailing your background and description how your experience and education would make you a successful candidate for this position (limit 2 pages).
Applicants will first be evaluated on the completeness and qualifications of application materials. Qualified applicants will then be invited for a phone screen and selected applicants will be invited to a Zoom interview. Finalists will be required to submit references for a reference and background check.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
NRPA values diversity, equity and inclusion and we are committed to integrating these core values more deeply into all elements of our daily work. NRPA is an equal opportunity employer and highly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, ethnic minorities, new Americans (immigrants and refugees), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, native people, and veterans.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, FlexTime Schedules, 37.5-hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions, and more. NRPA also offers a competitive Heath benefits package, generous PTO program where employees accrue 26 days of paid time per year, parental leave, and retirement and savings benefits.
The National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 21,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encourages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.
NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure¡¦s significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.
„h To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
„h To facilita...te adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.
„h To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.
For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.