Director of Evaluation/Senior Scientist

Institute of Community Health/Cambridge Health Alliance | Boston, Massachusetts


The Institute for Community Health (ICH) is a nonprofit consulting firm that provides participatory evaluation, applied research, and strategic planning. ICH helps hospitals, health centers, and community-based organizations to improve services and maximize program impact. 

Job Summary

The Director of Evaluation/Senior Scientist is a leadership position within the Institute for Community Health, reporting to the Executive Director. In addition to serving as the principal investigator (PI) on projects, the Director of Evaluation/Senior Scientist provides direction and oversight for program evaluation activities and oversees the relevant portion of the strategic plan, ensuring completion of goals. The Director of Evaluation/Senior Scientist is responsible for quality assurance of evaluation activities. This position is also responsible for helping to lead revenue generation for ICH, including developing relationships with potential clients and writing scopes of work and grant proposals. The Director/Senior Scientist will supervise PI level staff, and serve as a mentor to junior staff.

The Director of Evaluation/Senior Scientist will uphold ICH's core values: establishing strong, long-term partnerships, engaging in participatory and capacity-building processes, incorporating diverse perspectives, addressing social determinants of health, using data to guide policy and action. 

Reports To

Executive Director


  • Serves as part of the ICH management team and participates in organizational decision-making as required by the Executive Director
  • Along with other management members, implements ICH's three-year strategic plan
  • Develops and manages the institute-wide program evaluation plan that supports and advances the ICH strategic plan
  • Promotes and facilitates leading-edge participatory evaluation, including collaborative and interdisciplinary work, in areas related to the goals of ICH
  • Leads development and implementation of quality assurance structure for ICH
  • Works with other members of senior management team to develop best practices for scoping and implementing evaluation projects
  • Supervises and oversees the professional development of Research and Evaluation Scientist (RES) staff in order to strengthen ICH leadership capacity 
  • Advises the Executive Director 


  • PhD required, preferably in public health, anthropology, sociology, or related field
  • At least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience managing evaluation and research work, with extensive experience developing research and evaluation plans and instruments, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing reports
  • Strong knowledge of research and evaluation methods, including experience with community-based participatory research and evaluation
  • At least 5 years of management experience including budget, operational, and supervisory responsibility
  • A track record of success generating grant and contract revenue. Experience supervising staff and managing project teams
  • Experience working with community organizations, and ability to develop strong relationships with community partners
  • Excellent writing, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and be flexible in day-to-day work tasks
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other ICH staff
  • Ability to interact respectfully with community partners and community members
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of qualitative analysis software
  • Ability to independently travel to meetings locally and statewide 


Annual salary and comprehensive benefit package.


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations