Evaluation Programme Manager

Job ID: 005986

Salary: £38,304 – £45,026 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Closing date: 06-Oct-2020

Contact details: Eliza Kozman, eliza.kozman@kcl.ac.uk

Job description

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) is a new affiliate What Works Centre for higher education. TASO’s vision is to eliminate equality gaps in higher education and our mission is to improve lives through evidence-informed practice. We are seeking an Evaluation Manager to help build our research programme which is focused on developing a better understanding of the most effective approaches in widening participation and student success.

The Evaluation Manager will ensure that externally commissioned TASO-funded evaluations are designed and conducted to a high standard. They may also conduct in-house research and analysis projects, including randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs. They will lead on the development of guidance and resources designed to support evaluation activity in higher education, with a particular focus on impact evaluation and causal inference. They will also be involved in work to collate, translate, and disseminate evidence and evaluation guidance, via resources, training, events and collaborative projects.

The successful candidate will join a growing team of staff who are taking TASO forward as it spins out of King’s College London to become an independent charity. This team is building many of the charity’s systems and processes from the ground-up. The role is suited to an individual who is used to working in a small team and who is highly motivated by social impact.

Please note that TASO is being incubated within King’s College London while staff are recruited and during the charity registration process. However, TASO will transition out of King’s over the coming months (see job pack for more details).

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract to 28 February 2022

This is a full-time post – 35 hours per week

Key responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Deputy Director, and working with the Research Programmes Manager, manage TASO funded evaluations to ensure they are designed and conducted to a high standard. These evaluations to include a range of methods, including large-scale quantitative methods (such as RCTs and quasi-experimental designs) but also qualitative components (e.g. as part of implementation and process evaluation).
  • Commission and develop cutting-edge evaluation guidance for the HE sector, with a particular focus on impact evaluation and causal inference.
  • Manage projects focused on knowledge mobilisation and understanding how best to promote evidence-informed practice in widening participation and student success.
  • Work with the Research Programmes Manager to support the delivery of TASO’s research projects where appropriate.
  • Lead on some in-house research and analysis, including randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental designs.
  • With the Deputy Director, plan and deliver a programme of research dissemination and stakeholder engagement, including research training for evaluators and non-specialists.
  • With the Deputy Director, develop and maintain TASO’s publications and resources including an online evidence toolkit and evaluation guidance.
  • Develop and maintain a system for monitoring the generation of new research so that TASO stays up to date with the latest developments.
  • Provide verbal and written reports into TASO’s governance and advisory groups.
  • Be a respected and credible voice for robust research and evaluation within the sector.
  • Provide line management for a Programmes Officer who will support research and evaluation activities.
  • Undertake projects and duties as required or requested by the Director or Deputy Director of TASO.
  • The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • A postgraduate qualification with evidence of applied research.
  • Strong quantitative research skills including experimental and/or quasi-experimental methods.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into formats that are useful to a wide range of stakeholders including senior managers, practitioners and the lay public.
  • Confidence using software (such as Microsoft Office suite and R/Stata/SPSS) to analyse and present research findings in a variety of formats.
  • Awareness of data protection and ethical requirements for research and evaluation.
  • Experience of designing and delivering impact evaluation.
  • Experience of managing multiple projects and competing demands.
  • A commitment to evidence-led decision making.

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of widening participation and student success agendas.
  • Experience delivering capability-building presentations and workshops for professional audiences.
  • Experience of line management.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.This advertisement does not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will not be able to offer sponsorship for this role.

To apply for this role, please visit the King’s College London website.