SDSU Research Foundation

Program Evaluator

Req No.
Dept/Proj Name
Interwork Institute


This position is open until filled with an initial application review to take place after September 14, 2023.


The salary for this position is $9,750.00 per month and is non-negotiable. 


This position will be assigned to work as an integral member of the Interwork Institute and its associated projects. The Interwork Institute promotes the integration of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into all aspects of education, work, family, and community life. The Institute conducts research, training, and education using a variety of strategies including distance learning technologies. Current efforts include promoting universal design and full integration of all individuals in our communities.  Education and research efforts involve organizations and individuals in all states, tribal communities, the Pacific Basin, Asia, and Europe. In addition to supporting the overall work of the Institute, the position will support the program evaluation activities of the VRTAC-QM project within the Interwork Institute.  The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM) provides training and technical assistance (TA) to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) to help them identify and adopt quality program and performance, and fiscal and resource management strategies and practices that will result in improved service delivery and outcomes. The position will be responsible for the evaluation activities of the entire project as directed by the lead program evaluator. 


Related to the work of the VRTAC-QM: Under direction of the Principal Investigator, and in partnership with the Project Director and lead Program Evaluator of the VRTAC-QM, the position will design, implement and conduct program evaluation activities for the project.

Related to the Interwork Institute work: The position will contribute to generating contracts and grant funding for projects that are consistent with the mission and vision of the Institute.  In addition, the position will direct funded projects, lead teams to accomplish project goals, and work collaboratively with other staff within the Institute as needed.



The Program Evaluator is responsible for, but not limited to:

Designing and implementing the program evaluation activities for the VRTAC-QM.  The position will work collaboratively with other SDSURF staff responsible for conducting the program evaluation activities for the VRTAC-QM.

Related to other projects, the position will work collaboratively with other SDSURF staff to identify and apply for other funded projects consistent with the mission of the Interwork Institute.

The duties of the position will vary in intensity depending on need, but will primarily be divided as follows:

Design, conduct and direct program evaluation activities – 80%

  • Design methods to effectively and accurately measure the impact of training and technical assistance provided by the VRTAC-QM to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies;
  • Develop logic models for quality management programs;
  • Assist the VRTAC-QM staff to gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative data for program evaluation;
  • Develop surveys to gather information for PE and analyze and report on survey results;
  • Conduct formative, ongoing and summative evaluation of the VRTAC-QM;
  • Assist in completing quarterly, semi-annual and annual program evaluation reports for RSA; and
  • Participate in team meetings for the VRTAC-QM and the Interwork Institute.


Research and Project Direction – 15%


  • Conduct independent complex scientific research related to individuals with disabilities and make the results of the research available to appropriate projects within the Interwork Institute;
  • Apply for external funding for projects that support the mission of the Interwork Institute; and
  • Direct projects, including teams of individuals as appropriate, to implement the funded projects.


Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned - 5%



Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of research and program evaluation
  • Advanced knowledge of program evaluation design and implementation
  • Independently conduct complex scientific research or scholarship
  • Generate contracted and grant-funded projects
  • Direct funded projects
  • Exceptional writing and verbal skills
  • Ability to gather and analyze research data, and in compiling data for reports and summaries
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports; draft and compose correspondence, standard reports and spreadsheets
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to independently handle multiple work unit priorities and projects
  • Ability to display strong interpersonal skills interacting in a professional manner with community partners and Interwork staff
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or related programs, and online databases to track data & provide reports
  • Ability to display exceptional organizational skills, meet deadlines, display detail orientation, and possess good judgment and common sense
  • Ability to display sensitivity toward individuals from underrepresented groups (i.e., disabilities, ethnic minorities, second language learners, first generation students, veterans, international students, etc.)


  • Masters degree in program evaluation or related field is required
  • Doctorate degree preferred
  • At least six years conducting and directing program evaluation activities for large projects;
  • Documented history of generating contract and/or grant funding for projects
  • Documented history of working as a Principal Investigator or Project Director on funded projects
  • Documented history of publishing articles for peer-reviewed journals



  • This position is open until filled.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation.
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.


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