Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN), fiscally sponsored by Mission Edge San Diego, is a community collaborative comprised of thousands of partners including residents of City Heights, businesses, schools, faith and cultural organizations, and public and private agencies. Mid-City CAN’s mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. On its 27th year, Mid-City CAN plays an essential role in the community of City Heights by facilitating dialogue, identifying common issues, spearheading advocacy efforts, and training residents to take leadership roles in affecting change.
Reporting to the Associate Executive Director, the Evaluation & Learning Analyst will utilize research and a Theory of Change Approach to develop and implement an annual evaluation plan to measure changes resulting from Mid-City CAN’s work in the community. Mid-City CAN’s work consists of organizing community residents to build power, leadership development activities, facilitating workshops, community planning, and advocacy campaigns for institutional and social change. The Evaluation and Learning Analyst will also develop and execute Health Impact Assessments.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct information and data retrieval searches using electronic databases
Quantify and analyze data translating it into useable information for campaign and advocacy purposes
Identify and read academic journal articles on assigned topics to develop literature reviews and inform evaluation designs
Analyze, research, and interpret data, ensuring that key issues are identified
Design research and evaluation models using Health Impact Assessment pathways, a Theory of Change Approach, and/or participatory action research methods
Design logic models and quasi-experimental designs as needed
Conduct planning, design, and management of research and evaluation projects for advocacy purposes
Use a variety of computer programs and applications to collect, analyze, and organize information and data
Use a variety of methods, such as interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups, to investigate the views of population samples on evaluation topics and to collect information
Design questionnaires, methods, and surveys for data collection
Apply a variety of research techniques to gather relevant information, including document analysis, surveys, case studies, participatory reflection, and interviews (face-to-face, telephone, and online)
Generate both qualitative and quantitative data-driven reports and briefs for informed decision-making
Read academic journals and other literature for comprehension, summarize key points, analyze, and disseminate implications
Conduct work through interpreters and in a grass-roots community setting
Coordinate external analysis, reports, and workshops
Participate in reflection and evaluation of campaign activities
Participate and assist with organization-wide campaign efforts as assigned
Clearly articulate the efforts of the Mid-City CAN and its community development strategy
Write reports, write research briefs, and prepare and deliver presentations in a manner accessible to a general audience
Blend quantitative data findings with qualitative data to produce mixed-methods report
Offer training and technical assistance to community groups, public health agencies, and other stakeholders as assigned
Establish and maintain effective working relations with coworkers, administrators, other agencies, and a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
Accurately represent Mid-City CAN and maintain positive working relationships with the general public, clients, funding sources, government bodies, etc.
Travel to evaluation convenings and trainings
Other tasks as assigned by the organization’s management
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Bachelor degree or graduate degree in research, evaluation, public health, or other social science with strong research curriculum, and 3-5 years commensurate professional experience, preferably with the Theory of Change methodology and/or Health Impact Assessments
An understanding of best-practices related to focus groups, surveys, outcomes and evaluations
Effective oral and written communication skills required, including experience in public speaking and presentations in a manner accessible to a general audience
Experience framing and presenting research findings via oral and written presentations in a clear and accessible manner
Bilingual (Spanish, Somali, Swahili, Vietnamese, or Other) preferred
Familiarity or experience with any of the following data services a plus; SPSS, ARJIS, AVIS, CalEnviroScreen, CHIS, U.S. Census, Political Data Inc. or Voter Access Network
Extremely comfortable with technology, with the ability to learn new applications and software to gather and analyze data
Knowledge of Leadership Development and Community Organizing Theories helpful but not required
Must be able to exercise leadership in the area of research, self-direct, take initiative, and work independently, as well as demonstrate effectiveness working with a team when needed
Ability to be flexible in adapting and learning new ideas and/or concepts, including ongoing training, workshops and/or learning opportunities
Ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments and meet tight deadlines under pressure
Ability to balance conflicting demands and prioritize
Ability to effectively management conflict
Commitment to personal and professional growth and development
Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to maintain etiquette in a professional environment, and exude a positive attitude.
Passion for social justice and a willingness to discuss and work on projects and activities that are against racism
Comfortable working in a highly diverse environment across languages, race, ethnicity, countries of origin, religion, diets, LGBTQ, and genders
Access to reliable transportation and willing to use it for job-related tasks
Access to mobile phone and willing to use it for job-related tasks
Ability to work evenings and weekends with occasional travel overnight for training and trips approximately 20% of the time
Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an office or community-based setting; employee regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day and may stand for long periods of time during community meetings; occasionally lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communications; employee should be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these manners. The employee may spend periods of time sitting, standing, or walking. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Additional Salary Information: The salary range for this mid-career full-time, exempt position is $50,000 - $57,000 per year commensurate with experience.
We are the people of City Heights. Mid-City CAN is comprised of residents of the Mid-City neighborhood who care about making a lasting impact in this community. We gather around the top issues residents care about, forming teams of volunteers. Mid-City CAN helps organize these teams to accomplish their goals.
Mid-City CAN takes a unique approach to accomplishing its mission, working with reside...nts and partners to drive positive change across many systems and issues. Rather than coming in as an outside force, Mid-City CAN extensively collaborates with the people of City Heights to see what they need the most in their neighborhood. The most pressing issues raised by the people themselves are then addressed through Momentum Teams, which are councils made up of residents from City Heights