Evaluation Manager

Ashburn, Virginia
Apr 02, 2018
May 07, 2018
Analyst, Research
Full Time

NRPA is a national, nonprofit with a mission to “advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.” NRPA has an extensive nationwide reach that represents a network of over 60,000 park and recreation professionals.

Consistent with this mission, NRPA’s Partnership and Business Development (PBD) department works with partners across the country to implement programs that make an impact through local parks across three pillars: conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. Over the past year, these programs have benefited 1.4 million people in 929 communities across the United States through awarded grants totaling more than $4.7 million.

To support the growth of these efforts, NRPA’s Research team is accepting applications for an Evaluation Manager to measure the impact and effectiveness of NRPA grant programs.

This position will identify, collect and analyze data that will hold the NRPA team accountable to its members, board of directors and strategic partners to ensure we are supporting, inspiring, and promoting parks and recreation as leaders in creating sustainable, healthy, resilient and equitable communities. As the leader of the association’s evaluation activities, you will work closely with NRPA project managers, research team members and strategic partners in a fun, creative atmosphere that strives to improve the lives of millions of Americans.

In this position, you will:  

  • Design the evaluation and performance measurement plans for park projects and policies, in collaboration with program managers and the Vice President of Research. This includes developing evaluation plans and key project metrics to be included in concept papers and grant applications. For some projects, the incumbent will develop a full evaluation framework, including identification of methodology, process and outcome measures, data collection methods and sources, and timeline.
  • Develop data collection tools and methods that may include pre/post evaluation surveys, interview and/or focus group guides. When applicable, identify third-party data collection sources.
  • Collect evaluation data using tools and methods developed. Data collection methods can vary greatly by project and may including conducting phone and/or in-person interviews and focus groups. This also may involve the use of secondary data resources (including GIS and other analytical data sources) to measure projects’ and polices’ impact.
  • Analyze both quantitative and qualitative data to clearly identify the outcomes of projects and policies.
  • Communicate evaluation findings (both in writing and verbally) to program managers, funding partners and other key stakeholders. This will include working with internal and external stakeholders on written reports for a diverse audience of members, funders and partners. This may include the creation of best practice guides, presentations and webinars, and articles published in academic journals and on NRPA’s magazine and website.
  • Identify and manage relationships with outside consultants that would serve as primary investigators on select evaluation projects.
  • Complete special projects and assignments, as directed. 


  • Exceptional organization and time management skills including multi-tasking and the ability to set/adapt to changing priorities. Establishing and maintaining productive interpersonal relationships (oral and written).
  • Strong statistical data validation, methodologies and use of technology to create and share information.
  • Solid written and verbal presentation skills, with a strength at making complex topics, data, and analysis understandable to a variety of audiences using narratives, tables, graphs, and maps. Clear and consider communication skills are a must.
  • Strong listening skills are critical as the incumbent will be working closely with many parties with diverse needs and perspectives.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a project team in collaboration with NRPA staff and contractors and adapt well to changing conditions or parameters.
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field required. 3+ years of experience conducting evaluation and research in a parks and recreation, higher-education, association, not-for-profit, or business setting. Microsoft Office required. Experience with statistical analytical packages (e.g., SPSS) and ESRI experience strongly preferred.

Application Process

NRPA is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. We encourage racial and ethnic minorities to apply.

Discover the Benefits at NRPA

NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest! At NRPA we are committed to promoting an environment of work-life balance. In the office, you will have access to a fitness room with access to showers, walking and running trails, and indoor and outdoor eating areas. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, Flextime Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more.

Full time staff enjoy a very rich benefit package that includes:

  • 403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire;
  • Group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80+% by NRPA;
  • Life insurance, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability paid 100% by NRPA;
  • 26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment;
  • Length of Service Awards and much more.