Research and Evaluation Manager

Washington D.C.
Mar 17, 2017
Apr 10, 2017
Full Time


The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a big mission: we’re working to ensure the federal government is dynamic, innovative and that it effectively serves the American people. We’ve got a great team that helps make it happen.

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core, we share a lot of the same traits. We are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.

Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:

  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government
  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect
  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results
  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible

We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process.  Are you ready to join our team?


A manager on the Research and Evaluation team is responsible for all aspects of a research project or program from start to finish, including project scoping and design, budgeting, project staffing and collaboration, data collection and analysis, data synthesis and report writing. The manager is also responsible for day to day interactions with our sponsors and other partners. As a key member of the Research and Evaluation team, the manager will also contribute to the Partnership's overall research agenda and will mentor junior colleagues. 

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of writing research reports designed to make an impact based on quantitative and qualitative data. This person would also possess broad knowledge of management and organizational change, as well as familiarity with federal government operations or a willingness to become an expert on the topic. Advocacy experience is also desired.


  • Manage the Partnership’s research portfolio on selected topics, including developing research ideas, designing, planning, and implementing research projects and drafting research reports or other research-related products
  • Work across the organization to coordinate and collaborate research efforts with other programmatic work
  • Lead diverse project teams, often including external consultants and private-sector partners
  • Develop methodologies, devise questions and conduct in-person interviews that will elicit relevant key information from federal agency or private-sector representatives
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data, identify insights and synthesize information into findings
  • Be able to communicate the results of research, both in written and oral communications, including engaging reports, issue briefs, presentations and other content with actionable recommendations
  • Manage project budgets, timelines and junior staff
  • Work across the Partnership with other teams to publicize results and put them into action, including guidance or content for legislative briefings, position papers and advocacy articles
  • Build and maintain relationships with government officials, corporate partners and other experts to ensure the successful design and implementation of projects 


  • Communicating in writing and orally
  • Presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, display and convey research results clearly and persuasively to a variety of audiences
  • Listening and interpersonal skills, including ability to manage complex relationships with federal officials, private sector firms, nonprofit foundations, consultants and other partner organizations
  • Analytical and critical thinking, including translating ideas and insights into real-work research projects with specific and measurable outcomes of value to managers, policy makers and the public
  • Ability to do collaborative work as part of a team, sharing information and insights, engaging in ongoing intellectual exchange, and operating with minimal supervision


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree in public policy, public administration, economics, social science, human resources, political science, or a related field strongly preferred
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated research experience, including designing and leading complex and/or multiple projects, and completing them on time, under challenging deadlines, and within budget
  • Statistical expertise and familiarity with packages such as SPSS strongly preferred


This position reports to a senior manager or director.
This position may have direct supervisory responsibility for junior staff.


This job operates in a professional office environment in Washington, DC. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner.


This is a full-time position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. There may be occasional evening or weekend activities required.


If travel occurs, it is usually during the business day to local federal agencies. Some out of the area and/or overnight travel may be required as well.


The Partnership is an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any application for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.


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