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Program Evaluator - SAMHSA, Denver, CO

Organization: Mental Health Center of Denver
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Denver, CO
Date Job Posted: November 19, 2021
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Mental Health Center of Denver

Our work enables adults to live more fulfilling and productive lives, children to be more resilient, and families to be happier and healthier.

Through multiple community sites, mental health providers in several Denver public schools, collaborations with community partnerships and home-based outreach, we provide treatment, prevention, outreach and crisis services to children, families and adults.

Top Workplace

The Mental Health Center of Denver has been named a Top Workplace by the Denver Post nine years in a row! We believe that people are resilient - they can and do recover from mental illness. At the Mental Health Center of Denver, we hire people dedicated to working toward that goal.

Our benefits

Our generous benefits package starts at 30 hours per week. Some of the benefits include:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Retirement match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Free RTD EcoPass (bus/light rail)

We are currently recruiting the following key position

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Program Evaluator - SAMHSA

EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.


POSITION SUMMARY: Collaboratively develops comprehensive evaluation plans as appropriate to program or grant goals and objectives. Works with stakeholders to develop and implement evaluation frameworks for monitoring and evaluation. Utilizes data to assess effectiveness and highlight areas for improvement. Develops summative and formative reports for stakeholders and grantees. Works in collaboration with the Evaluation and Research team to incorporate equity and social justice principles into work performed. This position will primarily work on a SAMHSA grant evaluating the implementation of a virtual walk-in center.


  1. Design and implement evaluation projects for grants, programs, and departments.
  2. Design data collection tools and protocols.
  3. Collect data through interviews, surveys, and focus groups with staff, people we serve, community members, and stakeholders.
  4. Analyze both quantitative and qualitative data from internal and external sources.
  5. Create presentations, documents, and Tableau dashboards for reporting and monitoring.
  6. Dedication to continuous practice and growth around equity in evaluation. Promoting the values of equity and furthering these practices in collaborative work within MHCD and with partner agencies.
  7. Establish and maintain relationships with program managers and program directors to advise on data and evaluation reporting.
  8. Establish effective relationships with external stakeholders to advise, provide technical assistance, and implement data and evaluation reporting needs.
  9. Advise internal and external stakeholders on instrument development, evaluation and data reporting.
  10. Work collaboratively with the Evaluation & Research team to assist the organization in building capacity to use evaluation in strategy and decision-making processes.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in related field (psychology, program evaluation, applied research, public health, sociology or other social sciences degree with strong emphasis on quantitative and qualitative research), required.

EXPERIENCE: Experience evaluating SMI, SED, and COD services (serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, co-occurring disorders). Experience with SAMHSA or other large government grant evaluations and reporting. Minimum of two years’ experience planning, implementing, and reporting on program evaluations. Experience with qualitative analysis techniques and basic quantitative statistical analysis. Experience in mixed methodology, strongly preferred.

Highly desirable experience:

  • Working directly with people who have mental health or substance use issues
  • Using data to guide program development and improvement

Experience with equitable, collaboratory, participatory, and action research methods, a plus.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from all walks of life
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and proficiency of MS Office software including word processing, spreadsheets, database, e-mail
  • Experience with or willingness to learn data visualization software, such as Tableau
  • Experience with or willingness to learn programming languages, such as SQL.
  • Experience using statistical software packages such as SPSS or R, a plus
  • Bilingual (ex. Spanish, ASL), a plus

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No supervisory responsibilities

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED: Computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires ability to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office and/or clinical equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: May require occasional evening or weekend hours. Much of the job can be done virtually, but some duties will need to be performed in person, in the Denver Metro area.

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