Ideal candidates for PCA’s Director of Research & Evaluation position have significant experience designing and executing evaluation strategies, conducting social science research and leading outcomes measurement. This PCA leadership position will direct efforts to measure and communicate our impact and will collaborate with colleagues to leverage our findings to continuously improve our programs/offerings.

The Director of Research & Evaluation will report to Tina Syer, PCA’s Chief Impact Officer, and will ideally work out of PCA’s headquarters in Mt. View, CA.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to PCA as a learning organization and upholding “The PCA Way.”
  • Demonstrating knowledge, support and passion for the mission, vision and values of PCA,
  • Presenting PCA findings at both internal and external events and conferences,
  • Synthesizing and sharing research and evaluation insights and findings to all PCA departments, through written reports and oral presentations,
  • Measuring impact on the organizations, schools and communities we serve and recommending data-driven strategies to ensure our impact is sustainable,
  • Acting as the liaison between PCA and external collaborators (such as university-based researchers) to conduct research exploring PCA’s impact,
  • Collaborating with PCA’s Chapters (there are 17 now) to implement our MLE plan and to address their specific evaluation needs,
  • Directing PCA’s internal measurement, learning and evaluation (MLE) efforts,
  • Leading PCA’s overall research and evaluation agenda and enhancing our ability to collaborate with others to produce tangible, compelling and best-in-class research and evaluation,
  • Developing and managing the design, implementation and oversight of research and evaluation processes,

A minimum of five years experience doing research and evaluation in the social sector with the following qualifications:

  • Deep experience in the design and execution of evaluation strategies, social science research and outcomes measurement,
  • Experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis, including understanding when each is appropriate,
  • Familiarity with writing funding requests to support research and evaluation efforts,
  • Experience working with practitioners to evaluate their program impact and to leverage these findings for program improvements,
  • Deep knowledge of the youth and high school sports sector,
  • Experience managing consultants, contractors and other third party entities including contract and deliverables management,
  • Strong proficiency in data analytic software, survey distribution software and Microsoft Office,
  • Knowledge of Salesforce preferred, but not required,
  • Ph.D. required; significant coursework in statistics strongly preferred.

Personal Characteristics
The Director of Research & Evaluation should embody the following personal characteristics:

  • Passion and love for sports and belief in the power of sports to teach life lessons,
  • Self-starter with teachable spirit and creative thinking,
  • Team player who works cooperatively and collaboratively with individuals inside and outside of the organization,
  • Excellent oral and written communicator,
  • Detail-oriented and organized,
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities,
  • Top-notch analytical and problem solving skills,
  • Strong belief that data can reveal opportunities for program innovation,
  • You’re a “translator” – someone who can effectively bridge the divide between research and practice.

Target Hire Date
As soon as possible.

Compensation & Benefits
Total compensation is commensurate with skills and experience.

PCA provides competitive benefits, which include:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Long term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • 11 holidays a year
  • 12 vacation days and 12 sick days starting first year
  • Flexible working environment

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national nonprofit organization founded at the Stanford University Department of Athletics in 1998. PCA’s Mission is to transform high school and youth sports into a Development Zone to develop BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. PCA provides training to coaches, parents, youth athletes, and youth sports organization leaders on how to use the youth sports experience to teach youth athletes positive character traits and "life lessons.”  Through partnerships with more than 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations (YSOs), PCA has conducted 13,000+ workshops for leaders, coaches, parents and athletes on using sports to teach life lessons. PCA is headquartered in Mountain View (CA), with Chapters in Central Texas, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Hawaii, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New England, New York City, North Texas, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Sacramento, SF Bay Area, Seattle and Tampa Bay with sales offices in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

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