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Director, Evaluation & Data Collection

Job ID 1779-7

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Read more about our benefits here:

The Evaluation & Data Collection (EDC) department within Mathematica's Health Policy Assessment (Health PA) unit seeks a director who leads through a group of supervisors and manages to performance targets specific to a related portfolio.

  • With the Senior Directors, contribute to business performance by monitoring and managing the staffing of EDC projects, proposals, and overhead accounts; lead reconciliation efforts to promote the equitable balance of work and opportunity across staff; and monitor the overall billability of EDC staff. 
  • With the Senior Directors, help lead the EDC supervisory team by identifying the need for new supervisors, selecting supervisors, assigning staff to supervisors, and being a resource for existing supervisors.
  • Work with EDC supervisors to promote staff engagement, foster community, and build a positive departmental culture; help promote staff development and mentoring activities by senior project leaders and supervisors in the department.   
  • Work with EDC Area Directors and Executive Director to develop recruitment targets, establish and coordinate with recruitment teams, and approve hiring recommendations; work closely with Health HR business partner on hiring and onboarding activities.
    • Monitor overall patterns in StaRS requests, including size and type of unmet needs, to understand possible implications for recruiting and/or coordination with other Health verticals. 
    • Coordinate with other Health verticals to promote the effective allocation of staff to projects and proposals.
    • Support excellent delivery on projects and proposals via staffing and staff development.
    • Coordinate supervisory meetings and support supervisors during the annual performance appraisal process.
    • Maintain project participation to support consistently billing at least 50% of time to project work

Position Requirements:

  • A master’s or doctorate degree in public policy, public health, economics, health services research, business administration, management, or other relevant discipline, or commensurate professional experience that may substitute for educational requirements
  • 5 or more years managing or directing the work of a group of staff (for example, supervising staff at several levels, leading strategic initiatives or process improvement activities, reconciling staffing, managing recruitment targets, managing staff development, and directing projects).
  • Strong understanding of needs of EDC clients based on knowledge and experience.
  • Experience leading and understanding the roles of staff with a wide range of skills relevant to evaluation, data collection, health services research, and policy analysis, among other offerings.
  • Strong commitment to organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to gain trust and support from groups of senior staff using both formal and informal leadership structures.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 18, 2022.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements at the time of application.

Available locations: Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Cambridge, MA; Woodlawn, MD; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Remote

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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