Tribal Evaluation Practice Area research associate

Oct 06, 2020

Dear Colleagues – 

James Bell Associates is hiring a Tribal Evaluation Practice Area research associate.  Please see below and attached for more information about the position and how to apply.  Please feel free to share with your networks and colleagues.  Questions/applications should be directed to


James Bell Associates (JBA) is a nationally recognized program evaluation and applied research firm specializing in evaluations of health and social service programs and capacity building technical assistance (TA). JBA’s mission is to improve the lives of children, families, and communities through evaluation. Our projects cross disciplines, with an emphasis on child and family development, child welfare, health care, and partnering with tribal communities on evaluation. Clients include federal, state, tribal, and local governments as well as universities, foundations, and nonprofits.

JBA is currently seeking a Research Associate to join our Tribal Evaluation Practice Area. This role will support our research, evaluation and technical assistance projects within American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. We are looking for an individual who is highly organized and detail oriented, can coordinate and support the development of written products, is able to communicate effectively with diverse partners, and can support various evaluation and technical assistance tasks. The ideal candidate is proactive, able to problem solve, experienced with working in tribal communities, and interested in professional growth.

The position is a fulltime telecommuting position. Some travel is required when safety permits given the COVID-19 pandemic.

JBA offers excellent salaries and benefits including generous insurance coverage and 401(k) matching. JBA is deeply committed to the principles of equity and diversity and seeks to create an inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. 


 Serve as a liaison to tribes, tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations

 Provide technical assistance on program evaluation, performance measurement, data collection and reporting, and continuous quality improvement

 Deliver technical assistance webinars, trainings, and presentations

 Facilitate meetings and stakeholder engagement with AI/AN community partners

 Collect and analyze data

 Contribute to the development of reports, memos, TA tools, issue briefs, and journal manuscripts

 Engage in business development activities, including responding to requests for proposals (RFPs)

Required Qualifications

 Minimum of a master’s degree in education, child or human development, family studies, sociology, public health, public policy, psychology, social work, or related field 

 At least three years of experience working collaboratively with tribal communities in an evaluation or research capacity

 Knowledge of community based participatory research processes

 Knowledge of the diversity of Native communities and tribal sovereignty

 Knowledge of research design and methods, both qualitative and quantitative

 Strong organizational and analytical skills

 Excellent written and oral communication skills

 Ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with others, including working effectively as part of a team

 Flexibility to manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines 

Preferred Qualifications

 Experience with early childhood, public health, health services, child welfare, behavioral health, or substance use prevention in AI/AN communities

 Experience with performance measurement

 Experience with continuous quality improvement


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