NRPA believes in the power of parks and recreation to increase the health, wellness, vitality and resilience of communities everywhere. Rooted in social equity, NRPA advocates on behalf of all people, delivering funding, resources and innovative solutions to the issues impacting our communities.
NRPA is currently seeking an Evaluation Manager for our Research team to support the organization’s growing evaluation activities. This position's primary responsibility will be to provide data analysis support that furthers NRPA’s goals in the areas of community health & wellness, environmental conservation, and social equity.
This position is responsible for running the “NRPAStat” performance measurement system – managing, analyzing, and reporting on key data that helps the Programs & Partnerships team measure its progress toward long-term grant results in the health, conservation, and social equity mission areas. This position also will play a key role providing evaluation support for specific grant programs in communities across the United States.
At NRPA you will be an instrumental part of advancing the organization’s strategic priorities focused on building healthy communities, ensuring equitable access, and climate resilience. You will report to the Senior Evaluation Manager and work with a group of passionate, creative, and fun leaders dedicated to creating more equitable, healthy, and resilient communities through parks.
Executing the day-to-day responsibilities of the NRPAStat performance measurement system:
Managing monthly, quarterly, and annual data collection and management
Analyzing trends with a wide variety of data sources and drawing conclusions for the Research and Programs & Partnerships teams
Reporting the data through online dashboards, PowerPoint presentations, and in highly interactive meetings & presentations
Providing evaluation support for several grant programs:
Measuring the long-term impact of a national community health initiative using a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative data sources
Conducting park observations and administering neighborhood surveys for a playground renovation project
Analyzing and reporting on grantee data collected through semi-annual reports across programs
Collaborating with the Senior Evaluation Manager and members of the Research Team to improve the way that NRPA measures the performance and long-term impact of its grant initiatives in communities around the country
Representing NRPA at conferences, meetings and site visits with local park and recreation agencies.
Partnering with all NRPA departments to maximize the value of each project within the Programs & Partnerships portfolio.
Undertaking special projects and assignments as directed.
Seeking new methodologies for evaluating the impact of NRPA’s grants in communities in the areas of public health, conservation, and social equity.
Salary: $50,000 - $60,000
Required Materials and Application Process: Applicants without the following required materials may not be considered for this position:
Cover Letter detailing your background and description how your experience and education meet the qualifications (limit 2 pages).
Applicants will first be evaluated on the completeness and qualifications of application materials. Qualified applicants will then be invited for a phone screen and selected applicants will be invited to an in-person interview. Finalists will be required to submit references for a reference check.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
NRPA values diversity, equity and inclusion and we are committed to integrating these core values more deeply into all elements of our daily work. NRPA is an equal opportunity employer and highly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, ethnic minorities, new Americans (immigrants and refugees), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, native people, and veterans.
Discover the Benefits at NRPA!
NRPA has been named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post every year since 2014. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, FlexTime Schedules, 37.5-hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions, and more. Situated on park land, our Ashburn, Virginia campus boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest!
The space offers indoor & outdoor eating areas, as well as indoor & outdoor fitness opportunities, including an air-conditioned fitness room with access to showers, as well as foot trails for the outdoor enthusiast. NRPA also maintains office space in Washington, D.C. for its D.C.-based staff that is centrally located and convenient to the blue, orange, silver and red subway lines.
Bachelor's degree or continued education equivalent or industry certification or equivalent
3-5 years of work experience with data management and analysis
Educational experience with data analysis and statistics (coursework involving use of Excel and analysis of quantitative data – pivot tables; regressions; use of basic formulas)
Strong knowledge level of Microsoft Excel; Experience with Tableau, SPSS, and ArcGIS preferred
Passion for parks and recreation, health equity, community health, emerging public health threats, and/or social justice
Excellent ability to communicate effectively data and key findings to different audiences.
Interest and willingness to facilitate meetings, trainings and professional development opportunities, and present on behalf of NRPA at conferences and meetings
Candidate Work Style
Excels in dynamic, fast-paced work environment
Self-directed and detail-oriented with a collaborative and professional team spirit to contribute to a collegial, team-oriented environment
Willing to travel up to 25 days per year
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 21,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encourages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.
NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure¡¦s significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.
„h To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
„h To facilita...te adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.
„h To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.
For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: [email protected]