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Director of Research, Evaluation, & Innovation

  2023-01-31     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Cruz  

Director of Research, Evaluation, & Innovation

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 47841



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The IRD for this job is: 02-08-2023.


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation are part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


UC Santa Cruz offers a vibrant community that inspires the intellectual and personal development of all students. The Division of Undergraduate Education supports students and creates a living-learning community where students thrive, belong and are engaged world citizens. As a member of the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Educational Partnership Center (EPC) provides an array of school-centered and student-centered activities for students, parents, faculty and community members across the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley/San Jose regions to support students on the college-going pathway. The EPC coordinates new and longstanding student academic preparation efforts of the University of California, Santa Cruz with the goal of increasing access and opportunity to postsecondary education for students across our service area. The EPC provides support to faculty, staff and outreach groups to work collaboratively with schools, community colleges and universities to promote educational pathways to success for all students.

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Under the direction of the EPC Executive and Deputy Directors, the Director of Research, Evaluation, & Innovation (REI) uses qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct educational research and evaluations that support data-driven decision making that advance the EPC's mission, as well as those of its programs. The incumbent supervises a team of two career staff plus graduate student researchers and works closely with EPC Program Directors to ensure evaluation and reporting compliance with federal and state agencies, foundations and UC Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships Programs (SAPEP) rules and regulations. The incumbent is the lead evaluator implementing the evaluation plan for federal and state grants (i.e., GEAR UP, EAOP) and conducts outcomes analysis to identify opportunity to create systemic change. The Director of REI manages the overall research agenda of the Educational Partnership Center, and 1) designs and develops evaluation plans and needs assessments of grant proposals for new and continuing programs for the EPC; 2) analyzes and reports data deliverables to foundations, federal and state grants, as well as SAPEP and others; 3) collects and analyzes program data and interpret results for various reports and proposals; 4) develops and reviews annual goals, objectives, baselines and annual targets for program objectives/performance measures; and 5) determines strategies for measuring and reporting accomplishments for each program and the center for formative and summative evaluation purposes.


Budgeted Salary: $75,900 - $91,850/Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

• Full-time, Fixed

• Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week

• Days of the Week: Mon-Fri

• Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: PROJECT POLICY ANL 4 (007399)

Travel: Up to 25% of the time


• 40% - Leads efforts to conduct highly complex analyses across a broad spectrum of programs, policies and initiatives or provides in-depth, complex analyses as a specialist in policy.

• 20% - Develops proposals and recommendations for programming based on data analysis to guide and support a broader strategic direction for EPC programs and the Center as a whole.

• 15% - Collaborates with partners to coordinate the monitoring of new programs and processes, identifying ways to increase accessibility to data and transparency in EPC program outcomes. Builds and maintains positive relationships with community and school partners. Works with the Executive Director and other program directors to present and publish findings and best practices for programs, and to prepare and present analysis of outcomes for partner school district staff, EPC directors and staff, etc., with occasional travel to partner meetings, as needed.

• 15% - Oversees and works with EPC staff to develop and collect formative and summative data for programs and projects and monitor that FERPA and data security measures are followed. This includes implementing quality control measures throughout all processes and procedures to ensure data quality and accuracy; managing the ongoing collection, analysis and interpretation of data as well as develop implications of results for planning and improvement; and ensures that all EPC data and evaluation commitments are on schedule and meet parameters of grant reporting compliance.

• 10% - Researches and summarizes best practices in field including taking part in and sometimes leading policy, strategy and planning committees and working groups.


• M.S./ M.A. in relevant field of study or with equivalent work experience.

• Extensive experience, skills and knowledge using quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate educational project outcomes as well as in leading and managing the evaluation plan for multiple projects. A strong commitment to quality standards in reports and analysis is essential.

• Demonstrated ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data, interpret findings, discern implications, draw conclusions and make recommendations.

• Recent and significant experience in collection, tracking and analysis of data from outreach programs, P-20 schools, or educational organizations, including, but not limited to, knowledge of school accountability structures, middle and high school courses and course sequences, grading structures and college entrance requirements.

• Ability to think strategically, delegate responsibilities appropriately, listen carefully, build consensus and communicate and advocate effectively in a complex organization.

• Excellent organizational skills to establish priorities, delegate workloads and manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously with competing deadlines while producing work with high degree of accuracy.

• Experience effectively using methods, spreadsheets, databases, data analysis software and processes to analyze and synthesize complex data for measuring student outcomes for various reports.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and flexibility to work effectively with directors, field staff, K-12 partners and university faculty and staff.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills to produce correspondence, reports and publications and to clearly explain quantitative issues and complex ideas and findings to colleagues and stakeholders.

• Proven ability to work independently, cooperatively as a member of a team, and as a team leader to coordinate efforts with a variety of individuals to complete reports and projects.


• PhD in relevant field of study.

• Recent and significant experience in analyzing and presenting data to demonstrate a compelling need for a project as well as with developing and writing evaluation plans and measurable outcomes for grant proposals.

• Thorough knowledge and understanding of a university setting, including its people, programs and educational and fundraising objectives.

• Experience supervising professional and support staff and graduate/undergraduate students, including developing performance objectives, managing and rewarding performance and providing professional development and constructive feedback to staff.

• High level of cultural competency, with proven ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultures, ethnic groups, lifestyles and backgrounds.


• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

• Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.

• Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.

• Ability to perform essential physical job functions.

• Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.

• Selected candidate will be required to provide proof of negative TB test.

• Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.

• Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.

• Ability to travel within a defined regional or service area.

• Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.

• The University of California has implemented a covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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