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Senior Evaluation Associate


Oxford, MS, US, 38655

Department:  Center for Research Evaluation (10000915)
Employee Designation:  Temporary Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description


The Center for Research Evaluation is an independent evaluation center housed at the University of Mississippi. We work with communities, universities and other mission-focused organizations to lead meaningful evaluations that enhance the impact of their work.  


We are recruiting a 12-month full-time Senior Evaluation Associate to help grow our Education evaluation portfolio. The Senior Evaluation Associate will design and manage evaluation and applied research projects from start to finish while building strong trusting relationships with our clients. The Senior Evaluation Associate will also apply creative and innovative evaluation designs to ensure that we deliver high-quality, technically sound, and useful evaluations for our clients. 


Senior Evaluation Associates also contribute to building the Center's profile through proposal writing and grant development, and by contributing to CERE's outreach efforts such as capacity building workshops, social media, blog posts, academic publications, and other outreach activities. 


Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a Senior Evaluation Associate who is creative and eager to make an impact in Mississippi. We’re also looking for someone with outstanding skills in quantitative and qualitative research/evaluation methodologies and who has multiple years of experience with a wide range of evaluation approaches.  We’re also looking for a creative, analytical thinker who can critically analyze an evaluation context and match client needs to evaluation methods, while finding innovative ways to answer important questions in unique circumstances. Our ideal candidate is also actively involved in the professional evaluation field (i.e., the American Evaluation Association, local affiliates, regional associations or other communities of practice).


As an organization, we want to make an evaluation as easy as possible for our clients. So, we’re looking for a Senior Evaluation Associate who has the people skills to build strong and trusting relationships; who can talk about evaluation findings to nontechnical audiences; and can also create simple reports that translate complex data into meaningful insights for busy clients. At CERE, our mission is to support meaningful social change, so we are looking for candidates who can facilitate data-informed conversations in support of that goal.    


Our Senior Evaluation Associates will manage between 5-10 projects at any given time, so should be someone who thrives in a fast-pace environment and enjoys managing multiple projects at one time. 


We especially seek candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds—and who have experience in and are interested in contributing to evaluations that explore issues of diversity and inclusion.

Application Procedures

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Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Requirements

1.    Possession of a Master’s Degree in a relevant field (e.g., Education, Psychology, Social Sciences, Public Health, etc.). 
2.    At least 3 years conducting evaluations for paying clients/in a revenue-for-service organization? 
3.    Demonstrated ability to lead multiple projects at a time. 
4.    Demonstrated ability to perform quantitative and qualitative design. 
5.    Demonstrated ability to design a wide range of evaluation approaches. 
6.    Demonstrated experience contributing to proposal development and grant writing. 


The Senior Evaluation Associate will work from the Oxford campus.


Successful candidates will also be expected to travel (typically throughout the United States or Mississippi) approximately 5-10% of the time. 


To Apply 
If you’d like to join our team, please send us your resume along with a cover letter that describes how and why you think this role might be a good fit for you; what you would bring to this role; a sample of your work (e.g., an evaluation report that you have been the primary author on) and what you would like to learn during your time in the role. 


For additional information and to apply, please go to You can also read more about our center at Questions may be directed to Dr. Sarah Mason, search committee chair, at

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Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi