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DCYF Preschool Development Grant Evaluator (MA4) - Remote/Olympia

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity.


We're looking for a Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Evaluator to join our team conducting program review and evaluation of Early Learning activities funded by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal. If you have experience in data analysis and in working with families or with family programs, and you want to join an organization that is working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity, apply today! Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community."


The Opportunity:

The primary objective of this position is to implement the planned program performance evaluation of PDG B-5 Renewal activities. Washington's PDG B-5 Renewal is a three-year initiative, begun in 2020, that aims to substantially reduce disparities in early learning outcomes for children across the state and to improve equity in Washington's early learning system through collaboration and service coordination. This position is currently funded through 2022.


As a PDG Evaluator, you will be the third member of the PDG Evaluation team, which is part of the larger Research and Evaluation team within the DCYF Office of Innovation, Alignment, and Accountability (OIAA). Working as a team, you will help evaluate a dozen, equity-focused PDG activities, and projects. You will develop relationships with each project team in order to measure the outcomes of their programs and to support continuous quality improvement.


This position is eligible to continue to work remotely, but in-person presence will be periodically required once we return to the workplace (after Labor Day, at the earliest). Washington State offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and an optional deferred compensation program. See the "Benefits" tab for more information.



Some of what you will get to do:

  • Create surveys and qualitative data collection tools
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Actively contribute to OIAA's antiracist and other equity efforts
  • Collaborate with program staff to support continuous quality improvement
  • Develop infographics and data visualizations
  • Summarize data and write program evaluation reports
  • Present evaluation research findings to stakeholders
  • Maintain relationships with program staff through regular meetings
  • Update the evaluation plan as research progresses
  • Submit evaluation information for federal reporting
  • Create and update logic models


What we are looking for:

  • Master's degree in public administration, public health, or related field.
  • Four or more years of progressive experience in data analysis, use of external data sources, and program evaluation.
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis
  • Experience working with families or with programs that provide services to families
  • Proven ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders
  • Dedication to antiracism and equity leadership


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  • Experience with statistical, data visualization, or data collection software (e.g., Stata, Tableau, SurveyMonkey)
  • Advanced Excel proficiency
  • Professional experience in Early Learning
  • Experience developing surveys
  • Experience developing logic models and theories of change


How do I apply? 

Complete your applicant profile and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest, up to 2 pages, addressing the following:
  • How you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • What important perspectives you would bring to the evaluation team, and how those perspectives shape how you understand the children and families of Washington State
  • What equity issues you believe are particularly relevant for research practice and how you propose addressing them

  • Current resume detailing experience and education

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22.  Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.



Supplemental Information:

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications without the required documents, or comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.


DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect.


Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply online? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388


Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email support@neogov.com.


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  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position. 
  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions.  Include all requested documentation. 
  • Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications. 
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  • Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills. 
  • Make sure your application reflects your best writing.


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