Be part of our mission.
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 23 membership centers, five camps, early learning, school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.
The Department of Learning, Evaluation, & Community Impact is responsible for driving cross-functional learning, evaluation, and innovation throughout the YMCA of Metro Chicago. The department’s leading goal is to cement the Y as the region’s leading nonprofit provider of effective early childhood, youth, and family enrichment programs and services. The Learning, Evaluation, & Community Impact team members work closely with other departments to develop a portfolio of high quality, evidence-based, and measurable programs that are consistent across our service areas. The team is also responsible for identifying training expertise and modules at all levels within the Y in order to create a shared culture, understanding, and common language for effective program services.
The Evaluation Coordinator is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data in order to demonstrate the YMCA's impact on individuals and communities we serve. This includes collecting and reporting on programmatic activities and providing overall support for the development of evaluation tools, methods, and reporting capabilities.
Scope of Responsibilities
- Support Learning, Evaluation, & Community Impact efforts by conducting both internal and external evaluations with a focus on youth programs
- Develop data collection protocols that align with both internal measurement and evaluation needs and grant requirements
- Conduct research to inform evaluation strategy and measurement development
- Support the design and development of data collection tools
- Collect and manage data from multiple sources such as surveys, observations, interviews, focus groups, documentation review, administrative datasets, external datasets, and portfolio assessments
- Assist with conducting community asset mapping and community needs assessments
- Collaborate with evaluation stakeholders to ensure data collection is relevant and responsible
- Serve as a liaison between the Learning, Evaluation, & Community Impact team and program staff to ensure accurate and timely data collection and reporting
- Analyze data and present findings to a variety of audiences
- Promote and support the use of evaluation findings across programs
- Support the coordination of external evaluation partners, as needed
- Perform duties designated in the Grants Management Process (i.e. review proposals, contribute to reporting, etc.)
- Coordinate with Mission Advancement and Operations to ensure the YMCA is meeting all grant measurement requirements, as needed
- Support the mission and vision of the YMCA and the Learning, Evaluation, & Community Impact Team as assigned
Child Abuse Prevention
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
Minimum and Preferred Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, humanities, economics, or related field and/or equivalent experience
- One or more years of experience in professional role or internship; experience collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data preferred
- Commitment to, and a passion for, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission and vision
- Demonstrated verbal, written and presentation skills with the ability to adapt communication and messages to diverse audiences.
- Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills with the ability to research, identify,and analyze relevant trends and qualitative/quantitative data.
- Continuous learner who leverages opportunities for learning and applies new knowledge and skills
- Intermediate PC proficiency (Microsoft Office, reporting tools, email, etc.) with the ability to learn and adapt to new technology
- Ability to organize and prioritize multiple, competing priorities to maximize personal and team effectiveness
- Ability to travel locally to multiple locations in the Chicagoland area; must possess a valid driver’s license if driving a Y vehicle.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, when needed to observe program operations to collect data
- Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Leader competencies in previous experience or practice
- Meet physical qualifications required as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.