Senior Program Evaluator – Permanent
The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) is a nonpartisan professional office in Minnesota state government. OLA audits and evaluates state agencies and programs, identifies their strengths and weaknesses, and recommends improvements to legislators and agency officials.
The issues addressed in OLA evaluations are often complex and controversial. An ability to conduct nonpartisan, accurate, and objective research is essential. A person in this position would work with a small team of evaluators under the close supervision of a project manager, and must have the ability to independently work on research assignments consistent with high professional standards and within a limited time budget.
- Salary range is from $25.43 to $37.71 per hour, the equivalent of $53,098 to $78,738 per year. The Legislative Auditor will determine the starting salary (within the above salary range) based on the selected applicant’s qualifications.
- Evaluators typically work Monday through Friday. Hours are flexible (between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.). Office policy allows occasional telecommuting, pending supervisor approval and following a six-month probationary period. Some travel within the state may be required.
- Up to three positions may be filled.
The Senior Program Evaluator will:
- Assist in planning evaluations and developing research designs.
- Assist in developing evaluation criteria and identifying appropriate research methods.
- Conduct interviews, site visits, and document reviews, and analyze their results.
- Analyze existing research reports and state and federal laws and statutes.
- Design, administer, and analyze surveys.
- Manage, clean, and analyze large data sets.
- Synthesize complex, multilayered information into logical conclusions.
- Prepare written findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
- Produce tables, figures, and other graphics displaying research results.
- Assist other program evaluation staff and the Legislative Auditor as needed.
To be considered, a candidate must:
- Have completed a graduate degree program in the social sciences, public policy, applied economics, law, business administration, or a closely related field.
- Have computer skills, including experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and statistical software (e.g., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and SPSS or STATA), internet browser and search tools, and e-mail.
- Be able to organize data and perform quantitative analyses.
- Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research.
- Have strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on complex topics.
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
- The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, legislative staff, and staff in the agencies being evaluated.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Training or experience in critically reviewing professional research literature.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Program evaluation training or experience and an understanding of analytical methods used in program evaluation.
- Training or experience in critically analyzing demographic, economic, and financial data, as well as complex government-funded programs.
- Training or experience with applied research methods, including validity and reliability assessments, statistical analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and sampling techniques.
- Training or experience collecting information through interviews, surveys, focus groups, or other qualitative techniques.
- Proficiency in writing reports on public policy topics.
- Interests and experience covering a broad range of policy areas.
- Knowledge of state government and the legislative process.
- Experience obtaining and handling sensitive information.
Cover letters and resumes will be reviewed to identify applicants meeting minimum and preferred requirements. Selected applicants will go through an interview process and will be asked to submit writing samples, education transcripts, and employment references. Background checks will be conducted prior to any employment offer.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without needing sponsorship for an employment visa (e.g., H1B status).
Why Work for Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer-paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume through the state’s Careers website. In order to submit a cover letter, you must upload it as part of your resume document. If you are unable to apply online or need help, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
Permanent Senior Program Evaluator – Job ID 12000 (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2017)
Contact for More Information
If you have job-specific questions, contact Judy Randall at Judy.Randall@state.mn.us or 651-296-1227. For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb at Shelly.Gilb@state.mn.us or 651-296-1730.