Evaluation Program Manager, Community-led Initiatives

CAI, a training, technical assistance, and research-to-practice nonprofit organization, is seeking a highly motivated professional for the full-time position of Evaluation Program Manager, Community-led Initiatives. The Evaluation Program Manager will work under the direction of CAI’s Director of Research and Evaluation, and with key project directors and staff, to provide day-to-day research and evaluation management and coordination on a portfolio of projects and initiatives at CAI that uses community-driven approaches to addressing social determinants of health and their effects on disparities in rates of chronic disease and sexual and reproductive health outcomes throughout the U.S., specifically in New York State in Buffalo, NY. The Evaluation Program Manager should have experience in applying a culturally responsive and racial equity lens to design and implementation of evaluation activities including participatory research methods and collective impact evaluation approaches. This position will be based in CAI’s NYC or Buffalo office.


  • Works as part of a multidisciplinary team to design evaluation activities using a culturally responsive and racial equity lens, and concepts of Collective Impact and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) 
  • Develops tools to foster implementation of identified approaches and methods to data collection (e.g., needs assessments, literature reviews, data workbooks, community café facilitator guides, surveys)
  • Works collaboratively to implement evaluation strategies and manage the data collected from the projects
  • Partners with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, stakeholders, and community members and peers to identify relevant data sources and/or develop simple strategies to collect and report data for monitoring, reporting, and planning purposes
  • Researches and applies state-of-the-art theories, frameworks, and approaches to evaluating community-led strategies
  • Applies expertise in community-led and -driven approaches to evaluate CAI’s initiatives in topics related to chronic disease and sexual and reproductive health 
  • Employs innovative data visualization tools and strategies to communicate research and evaluation findings to diverse audiences including stakeholders, community members, and peers
  • Performs other duties as necessary/assigned 


CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 

  • Lead all data and evaluation activities for CDC REACH Initiative to meet funder annual evaluation report and performance measure deliverables related to increasing access to healthy food, promoting breastfeeding, and enhancing community and clinical linkages to community-based diabetes management support.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the tobacco-evaluation plan with key CAI staff and community partners to ensure all data is being collected, tracked, and reported on as defined in the evaluation plan, including the community-wide tobacco survey
  • Develop, implement, and process results from standard evaluations collected during meetings, community-led advisory and action groups, and other stakeholder groups
  • Routinely gather program-level and population-level data required for annual reporting in collaboration with key staff and community partners
  • Support project team in utilizing data in the development of presentations, trainings, reports, infographics and/or other communication materials 
  • Develop, implement, and continually improve data dashboards that summarize key programmatic achievements using real-time data, including the Peer Breastfeeding Initiative 

HOPE Buffalo 

  • Manage HOPE Buffalo’s performance measure requirements associated with strategies to promote adolescent health and wellness with a focus on addressing enduring disparities in rates of STIs and teen pregnancy through monthly reporting and ensuring regular communication on meeting targets with project team and community partners
  • Manage evaluation responsibilities of CAI’s external evaluation partner to ensure meeting of deadlines and effective contract management 
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of community assessments needed for the initiative on a quarterly to annual basis (i.e., annual collective impact survey, asset map) 
  • Manage all referral and linkage data being collected by community partners including development and implementation of data collection tools and analysis 
  • Routinely gather program-level and population-level data on teen pregnancy, STIs, youth risk behavior required for semi-annual reporting in collaboration with key staff, community partners, and statewide surveillance
  • Develop, implement, and process results from standard evaluations collected during meetings, community-led advisory and action groups, and other stakeholder groups
  • Support project team in utilizing data in the development of presentations, trainings, reports, infographics and/or other communication materials 


  • Master’s degree in health/social sciences, public health, or comparable field preferred 
  • 3 to 5 full years of pertinent full-time work preferred 
  • Experience developing evaluation strategies that are culturally responsive and employ a racial equity lens 
  • Expertise conducting evaluation or research using community-based and participatory approaches (e.g., Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR), Collective Impact) 
  • Experience working and evaluating chronic disease and sexual and reproductive health initiatives 
  • Experience working with evidence-based interventions and fidelity monitoring
  • Knowledge of field of implementation science 
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative data analysis software (Excel, Atlas ti, STATA, SPSS etc.)
  • Experience working with data visualization software (Tableau, PowerBI etc.)
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail and coordinating multiple tasks 


In keeping with CAI’s “safety first” approach during the COVID-19 epidemic, to ensure the health of our employees and the public whom we interact with, we are requiring all CAI employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations within 6 weeks of their hire date. (If someone is unable to obtain a vaccine due to a medical/disability or religious reason, they may contact CAI’s HR department; contact information will be provided as part of the interview process.)


The salary range for this position is $65,000- $80,000. CAI offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Health, dependent care, and commuter flexible spending accounts
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with employer contributions after the first year
  • 29 days’ paid vacation, sick, and personal time in first year of work
  • 11 paid holidays


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