Job Description

Evaluation Specialist

Location: Boston, MA

Posting Date: 09/19/2017

Deadline Date: Open until the position is filled.


JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) seeks a candidate for a full-time position to deliver services to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)’s Division of Prevention and Wellness. The Division supports changes that create and sustain healthy environments where people live, work, and play. Healthy environments make it easier for people without chronic disease to lower their risk of developing these conditions and for people with chronic disease to manage them. The Division also works to eliminate health disparities so that all Massachusetts residents reach their full potential to live long and live well.

JSI seeks a highly motivated and dynamic individual to provide evaluation support to programs housed under the Division of Prevention and Wellness. Working under the supervision of an MDPH Epidemiologist II, the incumbent will be expected to work collaboratively with the evaluation team and Department staff to meet project deadlines and state and federal reporting requirements.

The candidate will perform these responsibilities at MDPH, 250 Washington Street, Boston MA. A writing sample (preferably a data-driven report) and at least two professional references will be required of each candidate selected for consideration.

This position is funded through June 30, 2018. Continuation of this position beyond June 30, 2018 is contingent on project continuation and available funding.


  • Thoroughly engage with literature and program materials to ensure analytic practices and findings are aligned with best practices.
  • Participate in data collection, data entry, data management and aggregation to support program surveillance and reporting needs.
  • Perform data manipulation and statistical analysis of state and local data using MS Excel and SAS.
  • Create spatial maps in ArcGIS to visualize and contextualize current health statistics.
  • Attend relevant departmental and community meetings.
  • Synthesize results of analyses and assist with preparation of reports to meet state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Communicate findings to technical and lay audiences via oral presentations and written reports at local and statewide meetings.
  • Support program evaluation through development of process and outcome indicators, logic models, and evaluation frameworks.
  • Conduct literature reviews of various topics to support evaluation efforts.
  • Regularly engage with program staff and key stakeholders to ensure data needs are being met.
  • Support other analytic projects and evaluation needs of different chronic disease programs as requested


  • Experience using SAS (required)
  • Proficient using MS Excel (required)
  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or biostatistics, with strong statistical background is preferred. Students currently working towards a degree will be considered contingent on experience and coursework completed to date.
  • Additional desirable qualifications:
  • Experience using ArcGIS
  • Experience conducting univariate and multivariate data analyses
  • Familiar with survey design and conducting interviews
  • Knowledge in: Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Food Access, Built Environment, School Health, Early Childcare and Education, social determinants of health
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent attention to accuracy and detail with strong organizational skills.
  • Desire and willingness to learn
  • Interest and ability to learn new software and programmatic concepts

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

No phone calls please.
Principals only please.

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