Indian Child Welfare Evaluation

Contact Name: 
Karah Lothian
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Position Description: 
We are currently looking for an Indian Child Welfare Act Evaluator to research and evaluate how DCYF is meeting both requirements and goals related to the 2022 Indian Child Welfare (ICW) and Washington Indian Child Welfare (WICW) policy changes and Supreme Court decisions. You will conduct program evaluation research, plan and manage activities and identify indicators and appropriate data sources. As an expert in data analysis, you will conduct statistical analysis activities, report findings, and ultimately enhance state and agency policies, practices, and services for Washington State children. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply today and see all that DCYF has to offer! Some of what you will get to do: Plan and manage research to evaluate the extent to which DCYF is meeting the requirements of ICW/WICW, policy changes and Supreme Court decisions. Use sound, state-of-the-art research methodology to plan and implement professional process and outcome evaluation of policy changes resulting from ICW. Conduct statistical or data analysis activities. Utilize statistical analysis software to analyze data. Use current and appropriate statistical techniques in use of the social science research community. Prepare and present professional, publishable reports to meet the requirements of legislation, and guide legislative and agency decisions. Produce final reports, conclusions, and recommendations regarding ICW to the legislature, DCYF executive leadership, the governor, and community groups. Provide technical assistance and professional expertise to interpret, develop, and implement tools for ongoing process evaluation and reporting. Utilize data to make recommendations that specifically address DCYF’s policies and services. What we're looking for: A Bachelor’s degree in social science, public health, or a related field AND five years of progressively responsible experience in data analysis, use of external data sources, and program evaluation. Research and Analytical Skills/Abilities: Proven ability to research, evaluate, and draw conclusions form data; support policy recommendations with facts and analysis. Program Evaluation: Proven ability to design and conduct multi-modal program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, construction of appropriate comparison groups, and writing summary evaluation reports. Problem-Solving and Creative Thinking: Proven ability to understand complex problems and system challenges, and to propose new solutions or improvements to existing solutions. Dedication to and experience with antiracism and data equity principles and practices. Proficiency using statistical software through the command line interface or syntax editor, preferably Stata or R, or transferable coding experience. In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: Abilities: A Master’s degree in social science, public health, or a related field; Three years of research experience in Native and Indigenous American related research and/or graduate-level education in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Or three years of research experience in Child Welfare related research and/or graduate-level education in Child Welfare. Demonstrated experience as a participant, personal or professional, with DCYF programs. Demonstrated experience with integration of data and complex statistical analysis and reporting. Proven knowledge of statistical methodology appropriate for research in ICW and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to large data sets. Demonstrated ability to convey ideas and facts orally and in writing, using language the audience will best understand; Demonstrated ability to translate complex research to a non-technical audience. Demonstrated ability to support interested parties who have content expertise but limited or no research training, in developing questions that meet their needs. Demonstrated ability in partnering with a variety of interested parties to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues. Experience working with children and/or families. Demonstrates an active interest in learning and keeping analytic and related skills current.
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Target Audience: 
Undergraduate Alumni
Graduate Alumni
Application Deadline Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2023