The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), a nationally recognized leader in developing and maintaining innovative, affordable housing communities, is seeking applications for a Research and Evaluation Analyst II or III within its Policy and Strategic Initiatives team.
Designation (II or III) within this classification is dependent on individual years of experience and education and the scope, complexity and impact of work assignments.
About our team:
SHA's Office of Policy & Strategic Initiatives (OPSI) supports the agency's mission by developing collaborative solutions, empowering data-driven decision-making and testing and evaluating strategies in partnership with other staff in the agency, community partners and the people we serve (mostly extremely low-income seniors, people with disabilities and families with children).
We work to ensure our policies and programs are informed by evidenced-based research. Our approach combines a strong commitment to SHA's values, mission and strategic plan with public policy and social science insights. Key to this approach is partnering with other sectors and leveraging housing as a platform to improve quality of life across health, education, employment and housing stability. We embrace continuous quality improvement, operate in an ever-changing context and strive to achieve the biggest impact possible. Our relationships with stakeholders are key to our success.
About the opportunity:
Seattle Housing Authority's Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives is hiring for two full-time Research and Evaluation Analysts (REA). This valuable role in our organization
- conducts complex research, analysis, planning and evaluation of programs, policies and strategic initiatives that enhance organizational capacity for impact toward our mission,
- Performs collaborative work within SHA and across external stakeholders ranging from residents to regulators, and
- creates and sustains relationships and environments that foster mutual learning, informed decision-making and effective action.
Examples of focus areas in the research and evaluation team include evaluating the impact of SHA's investments in youth services and co-developing recommendations for future investments, conducting formative evaluations of operational policies and practices in SHA's housing programs, collaborating with academic researchers in analyzing connections between the housing market and Housing Choice Voucher leasing success and modeling potential impacts of alternative waiting list and rent policies. Assignments vary based on agency needs and opportunities.
For a complete listing of representative duties and requirements see the job class specification listing.
Representative duties include:
- Design and conduct research and evaluation to inform new, alternative or modified strategies.
- Analyze qualitative and quantitative data from multiple angles, determine reliability and meaning behind the data and recommend ways to apply the data.
- Lead, coordinate and/or participate in interdepartmental or inter-agency teams to achieve strategic objectives, including but not limited to policy and program development.
- Advise the department and the agency in specified areas providing comprehensive and reliable information or recommendations to decision-makers on assigned matters.
- Develop and implement a variety of communication and engagement methods across key stakeholders to effectively convey conclusions and recommendations in a clear, objective and compelling manner to support well informed actions and decision making.
- Design and/or implement systematic approaches to the assessment, data collection and monitoring of assigned program elements. Provide recommendations or optional approaches that enhance the understanding of the program or unit and the effectiveness of activities.
- Monitor, track and analyze developments in research, best- and emerging-practices, legislative and political activity and other relevant business issues. Provide recommendations and materials for potential action and strategic response.
- Support and enforce the agency's equity and social justice values and objectives in approach to work, decision-making and determining priorities.
Required Education & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in the social sciences and 4-6 years of relevant work experience or a Master's Degree in the social sciences, public administration, or public policy, which can be substituted for one year of work experience.
- Research and evaluation design, methodology, and instrumentation.
- Relevant research experience, including interviews and focus groups, literature reviews, online research, data entry, survey design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing.
- Descriptive data analysis using Stata or other statistical software and presentation of data (making meaning of the data and using graphs, charts, and summaries to tell a story); experience with inferential statistics preferred.
- Data management (including merging and cleaning large administrative datasets and ensuring data quality and integrity).
- Experience working as part of a team to complete evaluation projects.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Essential Skills & Functions
- Employ various quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods related to policy development, strategic initiatives, program design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Conduct focus groups, observations, key stakeholder interviews, and survey development and administration.
- Conduct data collection and analysis using advanced Excel skills and Stata.
- Acquire deep content knowledge quickly and competently on a variety of subject matter related to low-income housing and social services.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and take initiative to complete assignments in a timely manner.
- Ability to exercise critical thinking and sound judgment in a variety of situations requiring strong problem-solving skills.
- Strong organizations skills, i.e., detail-oriented, accurate and thorough with the ability to prioritize and manage several tasks efficiently and effectively within deadlines.
To apply, visit the job page on GovernmentJobs.com and complete an online application.
Please answer the required questions in lieu of a cover letter. Cover letters will not be read.
Please note: Applications received by close of business on Friday, November 22, will be prioritized for review.