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Who are We?

APHL is a national nonprofit located in Silver Spring, MD that is dedicated to working with members to strengthen governmental laboratories with a public health mandate. We promote effective programs, public policy and we strive to provide health laboratories with the resources and infrastructure needed to protect the health of residents of the United States and to prevent and control disease globally!

Position Summary
The Senior Specialist for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) will work with the APHL Quality Systems and Analytics (QSA) program to develop and implement standardized practices and sound protocols with practical application across APHL. They will build a culture of learning and will  work collaboratively with staff, members, partner agencies and other stakeholders to monitor and evaluate APHL’s programs and projects to determine performance indicators and measurable outcomes, and support continuous quality improvement (CQI). The Senior Specialist will also provide guidance and expertise on program planning and collaborate with project leads to ensure that APHL’s work is designed to leverage findings that improve effective implementation of public health laboratory programs, policy, and practices in support of the greater public health laboratory system. This position reports to the Manager of M&E in the QSA program.

Duties & Responsibilities
The Senior Specialist will:

  • Implement, evaluate, and continually improve the evaluation and performance measurement plan to support APHL’s cooperative agreement.
  • Develop, prepare, and implement data analysis and evaluation plans.
  • Develop, prepare, and present monitoring and evaluation reports and summaries, including tables, charts, and graphs.
  • Develop and deliver monitoring and evaluation‐related trainings for APHL staff and its membership, when appropriate.
  • Contribute to the collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of program and project data to inform programmatic and stakeholder decision-making.
  • Research, assess, and implement efficient and high quality data collection and analysis processes, including the use of appropriate tools and software.
  • Research, assess, and implement processes to summarize collective efforts across the organization, i.e. establishing public-private partnerships or collecting best practices.
  • Provide expertise on development of performance monitoring systems and evaluation design at both a programmatic and organizational level.
  • May supervise staff or provide guidance to other professionals and administrative staff either in a project management or technical capacity.
  • As is true for all APHL staff, completes other duties as assigned.

Employment Standards- Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in public health, epidemiology, statistics or related field, and a minimum of five years progressive and relevant experience is required. An advanced degree is preferred and may be substituted for work experience.
  • Proven track record for applying knowledge and concepts in the design, development, and implementation of performance monitoring systems and evaluation studies.
  • Proven track record in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and interpretation of results.
  • Demonstrated experience in data management and retrieval systems and online databases.
  • Experience in preparing reports and summaries, providing technical guidance and recommendations, and delivery of training.

• Substantial knowledge and practical application of monitoring systems, data collection and analysis, and the range of evaluation theories and methods
• Understanding of performance measures, outcomes, and continuous quality improvement
• Administrative tasks requiring organization and record keeping
• Fluency with computer programs such as Office 360 and data analysis software required; familiarity with SharePoint preferred. Qualtrics survey platform and NVivo preferred.
• Interest in laboratories or the public health field preferred.

• Demonstrated skills in the design and implementation of monitoring systems and evaluation protocols.
• Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation of results.
• Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, members, government personnel, and others.
• Strong coordination and project management skills.
• Understanding of non-profit organizational systems and structures.
• Excellent skills in report writing and presentation development, editing, and creation of appropriate charts, tables, and graphics.
• Demonstrated presentation and training skills.
• Excellent organizational skills with emphasis on details.

• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to handle changing priorities and multiple tasks under tight deadlines and assuring completion of projects in a timely and efficient manner.
• Ability to follow APHL operating procedures and tracking systems.
• Ability to lead and collaborate within a team setting.

Special Requirements
 APHL Weeks:
We require remote positions to travel into the office for APHL’s weeks twice a year. APHL will not reimburse for this travel. Please keep in mind that salary is based upon the DC market and we do not adjust for geographic areas that are less expensive.

The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. That’s why all offers of employment are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Successful candidates for employment with APHL must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement. Please confirm that you are comfortable with these two requirements.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment may vary from light to moderate depending on the location.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is required to sit for long periods at a time; type using a computer keyboard; visually read information off of a computer monitor; talk, hear, and orally communicate information over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Description Status:
The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.

Association of Public Health Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer.