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CIRES/ CEEE Entry Level Program Evaluator

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks to hire an entry-level Program Evaluator within our Center for Education, Engagement and Evaluation (CEEE).

The Program Evaluator supports and collaborates with the CEEE research and evaluation team on the design, implementation, and reporting of program evaluations undertaken by CEEE. Program evaluation includes curriculum development projects, professional development programs, informal education initiatives, training programs, and synthesis centers. The Program Evaluator will also be responsible for input, organization, analysis of and reporting on evaluation data.

This work involves collaboration with the CEEE Research and Evaluation team members, project leadership at CEEE and collaborating institutions, the CEEE Director, and other staff. The ideal candidate will have an evaluation background and diverse skillset in data analysis, education, and environmental science. The ability to work collaboratively with scientists, educators, undergraduate and graduate students and other external partners is essential to this role.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CIRES, more than 950 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

CIRES Center for Education, Engagement and Evaluation (CEEE): is a team of 24 outreach, education and evaluation professionals. CIRES CEEE is a well-known and trusted partner for connecting CIRES science with educators, learners and communities. We strive to make research data accessible, inspire environmental action and empower curiosity and scientific engagement. We provide accessible, inclusive, high-quality environmental science curriculum and informal learning experiences, as well as meaningful professional and career development opportunities. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Development of Evaluation Programs (35%)

  • Support the CEEE Research and Evaluation team in the design of instruments for data collection (e.g., workshop forms, website analytics, interview protocols, surveys, observation protocols including usability testing)
  • Support the team in co-design, implementation, and coordination of all data collection processes including the receiving, inputting, and organizing of data
  • Assist in the development of program evaluation plans, including IRB applications and consent processes to support program evaluations
  • Review relevant literature and evaluation information in a timely manner

Evaluation Data Analysis (50%)

  • Organize data and data processes in ways that support analysis of program evaluation data (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Analyze data, create data visualizations, and generate reports and/or other dissemination products for program evaluation related presentations, publications, or website pages
  • Collaborate with evaluation team in conducting or administering program evaluation studies (interviews, surveys, observations)

Partnerships and Dissemination of Results (15%)

  • Assist partnering institution staff, external evaluators and funders on program evaluation efforts
  • Assist in dissemination of program evaluation results, both written and orally, through reports and presentations including those at professional conferences
  • Collaborate on the coordination of input from multiple stakeholders to keep complex program evaluations on task and meeting required timelines

What You Should Know

Questions should be directed to Anne Gold ( 

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES offers a generous compensation and benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary for this position ranges from $50,654 - $63,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • This position can accommodate a hybrid (in-office and at-home) work modality.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by U.S. News.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, you will have free access to the regional public transit system, an outstanding network of buses, and light rail systems that service Boulder and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, cognitive science, library science, or related degree
  • At least 1 year of work experience related to program evaluation and data management (collection, utilization, and validation)
  • Coursework and/or practical experience in data collection and analysis methodology, especially with applied quantitative and qualitative methods

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated ability to collect and work with data; including survey design and comfort with data cleaning, descriptive statistics, and data visualization techniques; willingness to grow in this area
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and organize information carefully with full attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Ability to work both independently and to function as a respected team member with faculty, administrative, and staff colleagues
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, documentation and organizational skills; ability to accept criticism and manage conflict; ability to follow through with external partners and colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage and complete multiple projects on schedule and to deal patiently with changing priorities

What We Would Like You to Have

We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Experience in Environmental Science disciplines
  • Experience designing and conducting interview studies
  • Experience supporting education research efforts
  • Experience in culturally-responsive evaluation
  • Experience using Qualtrics
  • Experience with inferential statistics
  • Ability to rapidly learn new technical and data analysis skills and share that expertise with others.
  • Experience in/proficient in R programming language

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email, and phone number) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference.
  4. Additionally, if you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request a SkillSurvey questionnaire. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. Please be prepared to submit a list of 3 professional references (1 of whom must be/must have been a supervisor or professor) through the SkillSoft software if requested. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

This posting will close on July 26, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Anne Gold

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