Research and Evaluation Specialist (full-time one-year term)

St. John's, NL | Summerside, PE | Moncton, NB | Fredericton, NB | Saint John, NB | Bathurst, NB | Corner Brook, NL | Gander, NL | Sydney, NS | Truro, NS | Amherst, NS | Halifax, NS | Yarmouth, NS | Charlottetown, PE

Atlantic Colleges Atlantique (ACA) is an association of the seven public institutions delivering college programming in Atlantic Canada with a total of 60,000 full- and part-time students annually at 40 campuses across the region. Atlantic Canada is experiencing rapid technological change which requires new skills, new abilities and new approaches in the workplace.

In response, colleges in the Atlantic Region have partnered to advance a collaborative vision built on innovation and equity to transform the college system. Through a virtual Innovation Centre and a series of cutting-edge pilot projects that form the College Transformation des Collèges (CTC) initiative, member colleges will engage with a broad range of partners to deliver high-impact innovations.

The Innovation Centre is now hiring a Research and Evaluation Specialist to lead all facets of project research and evaluation, such as conducting relevant research, designing a logic model that includes targets for participation outcomes and theory of change, and developing and implementing a formal evaluation plan. Key responsibilities include building a comprehensive evaluation framework with data collection and analysis approaches and designing measurement tools and metrics to specifically monitor impacts on students from equity-seeking communities.


The incumbent will:

  • Lead the development of a robust CTC project evaluation framework to gauge impact and outcomes to facilitate collaboration and learning across the Atlantic region
  • Incorporate the principles of educational equity, quality and continuous improvement into the project evaluation
  • Work with partners and stakeholders to co-design and implement research and evaluation activities
  • Develop a system for ensuring the accurate collection, reporting and use of data
  • Monitor and track critical data, both quantitative and qualitative, to extract insights and create recommendations to assist in program planning and quality improvement for the pilots
  • Assist in researching best practices for member colleges to cultivate new approaches to programming and pathways to meet future labor force requirements across sectors with particular emphasis on improving labour market attachment for members of equity-seeking communities
  • Support the team with content for proposals, reports and other documents, as needed
  • Support the research and evaluation of other special projects to advance additional ACA college transformation efforts, as needed
  • Work with Innovation Centre staff in helping to facilitate professional development learning opportunities on topics related to equity-centered evaluation
  • Carry-out other duties, as required


The incumbent must have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field
  • Three to five years professional experience and expertise in research and evaluation in the education sector or recognized equivalencies with a passion for equity and innovation; combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Knowledge and skills in designing logic models, implementing theory of change methodologies and monitoring evaluation frameworks to promote social change
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative analytic skills with experience in database development and management
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders including government, employers and community to support and lead research and evaluation activities
  • A collaborative working style with a high level of adaptability in dealing effectively and positively with diverse team members and partners
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision and must be detail-oriented and self-motivated
  • A high degree of integrity, transparency and professional values
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook and be computer literate.
  • Credentialed Evaluator status is considered an asset.


  • Ability to speak, read and write in both English and French is required

*Atlantic Colleges Atlantique values equity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal/Indigenous Persons, members of racially visible communities, persons with disabilities, and women. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their covering letter.

Please send your resume and cover letter, indicating the title of the position by Monday August 2, 2021 to

Timeline: One-year term with the possibility of extension, beginning September 2021

Location: The candidate must live in Atlantic Canada. Options to work from home or potentially from one of the ACA colleges.

Compensation: Up to $80,000/year

*Candidate may be seconded from a College within ACA. If this is the case, all terms, including salary, will be negotiated with that College.

Atlantic Colleges Atlantique's Optimizing Skills Development project is funded by the Government of Canada's Future Skills Centre. Le projet d'Atlantic Colleges Atlantique pour Optimiser le Développement des Compétences est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.

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