Research Evaluation Manager

Susan G. Komen
May 14, 2019
Dallas, TX
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Rachel Begovic
5005 LBJ Freeway, STE 526



About this Job

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Dallas, TX

Job Description:

Basic Function

About Komen

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $988 million in research and provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Position Background


The Manager, Research Evaluation is a member of the Data Science & Impact team within Komen’s Mission division. The Data Science and Impact team supports Komen’s role as an evidence-based organization by transforming data into meaningful intelligence that will guide program strategy, convey Komen’s impact and facilitate the use of data to fuel scientific discoveries and improve breast cancer outcomes.


Position Summary


The primary objective of the Manager, Research Evaluation is to support Susan G. Komen in achieving our overall Vision and Mission by:

- Developing and implementing strategies to assess the outcomes and impact of Susan G. Komen's research portfolio and assessing alignment of mission activities with Komen's mission strategy.

- Implementing and maintaining the ongoing coding and categorization of Komen's grants and other mission­ related programs using established classification systems.

- Monitoring trends and developments in research evaluation methods and their application.

- Developing, writing and/or editing communication pieces for multiple audiences to communicate the outcomes and impacts as determined by the Evaluation Team.

- Providing accurate information to the Development teams to support efforts to raise funds in support of the Bold Goal.

- Promoting an organizational culture that values trust, commitment to the mission, scientific integrity, and professional and organizational growth.

Primary Responsibilities

Works closely with the Evaluation team to evaluate the impact of Susan G. Komen's research programs and portfolio and assess alignment of mission activities with Komen's mission strategy.

• Identifies gaps and weaknesses in current evaluation processes/procedures utilizing methods appropriate for each situation.
• Strategically develops evaluation processes for research-related projects using evidence-based practices and theories.
• Must be able to clearly communicate and teach others in order to increase their analytical skills.
• Identifies innovative approaches to program and portfolio evaluation and impact assessment.
• Works with Evaluation team to determine the bodies of knowledge to which Komen-funded research has contributed, and the impact of that contribution
• Conducts evaluation studies and portfolio analyses
• Designs, implements, and analyzes grantee, advocate, and stakeholder surveys
• Identifies and tracks measurable outcomes from Komen-funded research programs and projects
• Partners with SGK Mission teams to develop evaluation instruments, gather and analyze data, and measure and track impact
• Retrieves and analyzes data from research grant database(s)
• Analyzes both qualitative and quantitative data
• Responsible for conducting and completing multiple projects to assess impact of Komen-funded research. This includes incorporating strong project management skills to ensure timelines are being adhered to and projects are prioritized accordingly across the multiple projects.

Works closely with both the Mission and Evaluation teams to categorize Komen's grants and other mission-related programs using established classification systems, as well as maintain the ongoing coding.
• Works with other Evaluation team members to establish definitions for internal coding systems and inclusion/exclusion criteria and validate code assignments.
• Reviews and codes Komen research grants to facilitate portfolio evaluation. Creates and manages project databases, as needed.
• Monitors the processes required for on-going maintenance of the above structured database(s)
Develops and implements strategies to communicate the outcomes and impact of Susan G. Komen's research portfolio for multiple audiences
• Develops, authors and edits various communication pieces (e.g. Komen research articles, blogs, reports) that effectively convey to general audiences the outcomes and impact of Komen-funded research, as required.
• Develops innovative approaches to tracking and communicating the outcomes of Komen's mission activities.
• Works with other Mission staff to identify processes and activities to enhance internal and external communication about Komen-funded mission activities.
• Coordinates with the Manager, Data Analysis to prepare tables, charts and figures for internal and external reports, as required.
• Researches and prepares responses to requests for information on Komen Research Program processes, grant mechanisms, and funded research projects; serves as a back-up for the Manager, Data Analysis.
Works collaboratively across Komen departments to help secure funding mission programs and ensure donor stewardship.
• Represents Komen and the mission team in a professional manner internally and externally to prospective and current donors and other key stakeholders in the breast cancer research and advocacy community, as needed.
• Contributes to the development of donor proposals, pitch documents, presentations, and other materials to assist in revenue-generating activities seeking support for mission programs.


All other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Experience Required

Educational and Experience Requirements


Master’s degree in biomedical research or related field and. 3-5 years of program evaluation experienceDoctoral degree preferred.

Minimum Requirements

• Experience working in and/or conducting biomedical research (or related field)
• Knowledge of the research grant process
• Experience in mixed methods evaluation, data collection techniques, and data analysis
• Experience conducting evaluation to measure intended outcomes and answer evaluation objectives, including developing appropriate methodologies and data collection tools, such as assessments and surveys.
• Experience working on team-based evaluation projects
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and collaborate with team members.
• Ability to see projects through from conception to completion; demonstrated ability to identify problems and follow through until resolution.
• Ability to work independently and autonomously but also function well in a collaborative team setting, working across functions and different types of people
• Excellent attention to detail, and organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills for academic and lay, non-specialized audiences
• Experience translating research and complex concepts for non-expert audiences
• Advanced experience with Excel including pivot, formulas and other data analysis functions

Preferred Experience

• Experience with data visualization applications

• Ability to travelSpecialized Knowledge Requirements

• Position requires intermediate level of computer/technical skills. Programs utilized are Microsoft Office, databases (internal and external) and virtual networking programs (Lync, Skype, RingCentral). Must be able to assist others with basic computer/technical issues and/or understanding. Advanced experience using Excel formulas, pivot and other advanced functions are preferred.

• Experience with data management systems such as MS Access or RedCap preferred

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