Evaluation & Research Specialist:

Performance Measurement & Improvement Team
Temporary Full-time (37.5 hours/week)
Contract Dates February 2018 – February 2019
File # 17-045

Peel Children's Centre is an accredited children’s mental health centre that provides a continuum of high quality mental health services for children, youth and their families who are experiencing or may experience serious emotional difficulties. Nexus Youth Services creates opportunities for youth by providing high quality services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs and voices of youth. Our services are provided in a dynamic, client-centered environment that values flexibility, accessibility and responsiveness.

Working closely with and reporting to the Director, Performance Measurement and Improvement, the Evaluation and Research Specialist will have a key role in ensuring that the department develops evaluation processes that enhance the effectiveness of clinical services and provides information that supports evidence-based decision making. In this role, you will be responsible for the identification, measurement, monitoring and reporting of clinical outcomes and the implementation of best practices in program evaluation that are congruent with the Centre’s quality enhancement strategy and accountability framework. As part of the department’s decision support team you will contribute to building the capacity for program evaluation both within the organization and the children’s mental health services sector.
All duties and responsibilities are performed in keeping with the agency’s Vision, Mission and Values, policies and procedures and accreditation standards.

The successful incumbent will:

* Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement processes and strategies and set standards for data collection to ensure the completeness, entry, integrity, analysis and reporting of outcome evaluation data processes;
* Measure the effectiveness of new and existing services and recommend program evaluation and research methodologies that can be integrated into day-to-day clinical work by consulting with staff, management, clients and community stakeholders;
* Utilize program evaluation tools and methods such as logic models to describe program activities and outcomes for evaluation;
* Support program evaluation, research and evidence-based program implementation through the development, design and implementation of data collection procedures and measurement tools;
* Possess extensive experience with databases and data management, including collection, monitoring and auditing to ensure data integrity and facilitate analyses and reporting;
* Gather data from a variety of internal and external sources:
* Ensure that data is inputted efficiently and accurately and maintain outcome data sets;
* Analyze data using quantitative and/or qualitative statistical techniques for interpretation, and produce reports and presentations for both internal and external audiences;
* Have strong research, interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills with a keen attention to detail and accuracy;
* Possess applied knowledge of program evaluation processes and methods, research methods and statistical techniques;
* Possess excellent computer skills and applied experience using SPSS with a demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email and Internet);
* Exhibit excellent project management skills with proven ability to work on multiple projects concurrently;
* Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
* Possess a minimum of three years directly related experience in program evaluation and applied research with a Master’s Degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
* Be eligible for membership in the appropriate professional association (e.g. Canadian Evaluation Society);
* Possess familiarity with children’s mental health services accreditation standards and certification as an evaluation professional (considered an asset);
* Have a valid Ontario driver’s license (Class G), use of a vehicle and the ability to work in a variety of settings. Some evening work may be required.
* Demonstrate sensitivity and awareness of cultural diversity issues.

The annual salary range for this position is from $58,430 to $68,355. As a contract employee, you would also eligible for 4% in lieu of benefits and 4% in lieu of vacation.

Please note that all successful candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector police records check prior to the commencement of employment.

At Peel Children's Centre we value diversity in our workplace, our clientele and our communities. We are actively engaged in building an increasingly diverse workforce. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply no later than December 18, 2017.

Please submit a cover letter and chronological resume, referring to file #17-045 by selecting "apply for this position" below. Only documents submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format will be accepted.

Human Resources
Peel Children's Centre
85A Aventura Court
Mississauga, ON
L5T 2Y6
Fax: 905-696-0351

We appreciate your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

If selected to participate in the assessment and/or selection process, accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used. If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, we shall consult with the applicant and provide or arrange for the provision of a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs.

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