Senior Director for Research, Evaluation, and Performance, The Hackett Center - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Senior Director for Research, Evaluation & Performance

Job Title: Senior Director for Research, Evaluation, and Performance

Reports To: Executive Director of The Hackett Center

Position Summary: The Hackett Center for Mental Health and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute seek a collaborative and strategic professional to serve as Senior Director of Research, Evaluation, and Performance (Senior Director) for THC. The Senior Director will strengthen the work of THC by creating the development of cross-disciplinary, action-oriented research projects to answer research questions that are relevant and can aid in community and societal impact. The Senior Director is tasked with creating and leading research and evaluation efforts that align with THC priorities spanning early childhood, mental and behavioral health, and health equity. The Senior Director will work collaboratively with staff, contractors, partner agencies, and stakeholders while remaining aligned with the mission and strategy of the organization. This role is a remote position. This position may not be filled or performed in California, Colorado, Montana, Rhode Island, or Washington at this time. Travel (up to 15%) may be required. Some duties may require access to reliable personal transportation.

Provide technical and management direction on designing and implementing a diverse portfolio of complex evaluation, research, and data collection projects

  • Provide quantitative research and evaluation expertise applied to a range of projects in early childhood, mental and behavioral health, and health equity research and evaluation.
  • Plan and implement all phases of research and evaluation projects, including design, quantitative data collection and analysis, and reporting.
  • Present findings visually, orally, and in writing, as appropriate, and contribute visual and written materials to reports, publications and proposals. Design and produce charts and graphs that describe and interpret findings, and efficiently and effectively reveal spatial and statistical relationships. Develop briefs, presentations, and reports that describe and interpret findings and provide actionable insights.
  • Work closely with the THC leadership team to identify funding opportunities that align with THC priority areas and capitalize upon THC’s intellectual and programmatic expertise.
  • Coordinate and craft high-quality proposals that expand and enhance THC interdisciplinary collaboration infrastructures and cultivate a culture of appreciation for large research projects.
  • Ensure rigor and best practice in a variety of methodological designs and analytical procedures.
  • Track research and policy developments to support strategic response to changes in the field, including rapid response communications, technical assistance, the commissioning of original research, and brief and/or policy proposals.
  • Support the editing of technical and non-technical research proposal content, ensuring exhaustive and rigorous compliance with all proposal requirements.
  • Research, draft, and edit policy reports, analyses, fact sheets, columns, interactive graphics, and other collateral materials on a wide range of topics associated with the work of THC. Disseminate and translate research findings and support evidence-based/informed practices for practitioner and policy audiences.
  • Design and implement performance management standards in alignment with prioritized and targeted research initiatives (e.g., determine, maintain, and monitor data collection standards, process measures, and success metrics).
  • Liaise with other staff on project efforts that span across the Meadows Institute.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, health services, public policy, statistics, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience leading research in local, state, or federal government, academic institutions, non-profit, or similar contexts.
  • Proficiency in technical research design, methods, and concepts (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, community-based participatory research).
  • Extensive program, policy and/or systems evaluation expertise with progressive experience conducting and overseeing evaluation design and implementation.
  • Experience with a breadth of statistical methods (parametric and nonparametric inferential, predictive correlation, and predictive regression)
  • Experience with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval process and maintaining ethical approval for research studies.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing, orally, or in presentations to audiences.
  • Ability to think independently, have strong problem-solving skills and thrive working in a team environment to execute coordinated research for priority areas.
  • Capacity to think strategically and critically and respond analytically.
  • Decisiveness in asserting professional opinions and extrapolating data on topics that do not yet have deep evidentiary or research histories.
  • Able to integrate various tasks on a theoretical basis.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
  • Strong experience with the management of databases.
  • Flexibility in working with new issues, topics, and approaches.
  • Cultivation of own line of research and dissemination a plus.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience in a senior leadership role (e.g., Director, Vice President, Associate Dean).
  • Experience and/or credentials in using data management systems, for data entry, extraction, and analysis (e.g., Microsoft Excel, SPSS, Nvivo, ARCGIS, and other tools).
  • Experience and proficiency in using data visualization systems tools (e.g., Tableau)
  • Knowledge or content expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Early Childhood
    • Health Equity
    • Program Evaluation
    • Mental Health
    • Health Services

Eligibility Requirements:

  • This position is remote. This position may not be filled or performed in California, Colorado, Montana, Rhode Island, or Washington at this time. Relocation assistance is not available. Successful candidates must show proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

To Apply:
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

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About The Hackett Center for Mental Health

The Hackett Center is a permanent operating center of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and the first regional center in the state of Texas.

About Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is a data-driven, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that supports the implementation of policies and programs that help Texans obtain effective, efficient mental health care when and where they need it. The Institute’s vision is for Texas to be the national leader in treating all people with mental health needs.

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and provides full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, age, citizen status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.