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The recruitment is open until filled, for best consideration please submit your application materials by 5:00 p.m. July 6, 2022.

Why work for the Washington Student Achievement Council? 
 At the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), we are committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. We believe that every person living in the state of Washington should have access to educational opportunities and be encouraged to pursue education or training beyond high school. To achieve our mission, we:  

  • Lead statewide strategic planning to increase educational attainment. 
  • Administer programs that help people access and pay for college.
  • Advocate for the economic, social, and civic benefits of higher education. 

Learn more about the work of the Washington Student Achievement Council and our equity statemen (Download PDF reader)t.
Our programs and policies work with diverse communities to eliminate barriers to people pursuing education beyond high school.  As an employer, we strive to hire, cultivate, and retain a competitive workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

  • We offer flexible/alternative work schedules, wellness activities, and teleworking opportunities.
  • Eligible employees who are new parents or legal guardians can bring their infant (six weeks to six months) when returning to work.
  • Employees have access to tuition assistance and tuition waiver programs,
  • If you have experience advocating for communities of color or others who are experiencing educational inequities-including those directly impacted by the criminal justice system; people who identify as queer, trans, lesbian, gay or bisexual; veterans; and people with disabilities you are strongly encouraged to apply, even if you don’t meet all the desired/preferred qualification listed.

About the Research Division 
The Research Division provides information and analyses that guide the Washington Student Achievement Council's efforts to advance higher education attainment in the state. The Research Division is committed to creating a workplace where all researchers thrive personally and professionally. This includes continued professional development and training, opportunities to collaborate and learn from leading national research organizations, and opportunities to be part of innovative research projects. 

We also believe that our division should reflect the rich diversity of the student population we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, culture, sexual orientation, ability status, and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all our research practices. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral values of the WSAC Research division, and a key strategic focus for WSAC as an agency. To continue to prioritize these values and associated activities, research staff centers the agency’s equity lens and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee’s equity strategy to drive our work.

About the Position
Under the direction of the Senior Director of Research and Student Success, the Associate Director leads program evaluation activities for the agency—including evaluation design planning, development of evaluation materials, management of data collection and quality control, data analysis, and report generation. A strong candidate will bring experience in program evaluation, quantitative analysis, and application of various research methodologies. They will also be a self-starter, highly organized, and eager to contribute to WSAC’s mission of improving educational attainment for Washington residents.

Some of what you will be doing includes: 
Program Evaluation

  • Evaluate WSAC programs and initiatives to determine whether they are meeting intended objectives and understand their effects on key outcomes
  • Support the Washington Career and College Pathways Innovation Challenge Program by developing program evaluation planning and guidelines
  • Produce analysis and reports to improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming
  • Write grant proposals to acquire additional funding for program evaluation work

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Determine data needs, data availability, and data quality for program evaluation work
  • Conduct surveys and focus groups, including development of instrument, deployment, and analysis of results
  • Analyze data using statistical analysis software and create reports to share with internal and external stakeholders
  • Support/perform research activities and other ad hoc analyses directed by the Senior Director

Project Management

  • Provide project management through the creation of project management documents, facilitation of project meetings, and monitoring of progress on project timelines and completion of deliverables
  • Create evaluation framework for program evaluation, including communication of evaluation plans and data needs with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist with appropriate state-level planning and accountability measures tracking and reporting


Required Education, Experience and Competencies for the Role:

  • Master's degree in Economics, Social Science, Statistics, Public Policy, Mathematics, or other relevant field
  • At least two (2) years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated data analysis skills using SAS, SQL, R, or other statistical software
  • Strong grasp of research methodologies (i.e., mixed methods, non-experimental methods)
  • Experience using program evaluation techniques (i.e., logic models, evaluation frameworks, implementation methods)
  • General knowledge of and experience working with datasets such as academic, workforce, economic, census, fiscal, or administrative data
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to produce written reports in a variety of formats for easy interpretation and use, and to design and prepare graphs, tables, and other visuals
  • Organizational skills to plan and prioritize work efficiently and productively to meet competing deadlines
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to translate these values into research work

 Desired  Education, Experience and Competencies:

  • Five or more years of related work experience
  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration in a complex organization and working with external groups  and organizations
  • Experience evaluating state programs
  • Knowledge and experience working with data definitions, data dictionaries, and data standards
  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Experience conducting surveys with a standard survey research tool (e.g., Survey Gizmo/Alchemer, Survey Monkey, etc.)

Supplemental Information

The posted salary is the starting salary consideration.  The full salary range is $74,292 - $100,513.

Conditions of Employment
As stated in Governor’s Proclamation 21-14, all employees engaging in work for the Washington Student Achievement Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be verified by the Office of Human Resources after an employment offer has been extended and accepted. Please reach out to the Office of Human Resources at if you need information on a medical or religious accommodation.

Application Procedures
To be considered for this position you must possess the required qualification listed above. Find this job posting and complete your profile at which must include the following:

  1. Letter of Application.  A letter of application that addresses how you meet the required education and experience described in this announcement. Applications with generic cover letters will be considered nonresponsive and may eliminate the application from further consideration.
  2. Resume.  A detailed resume including all educational and professional experience.
  3. 2 Report samples.  These reports should showcase your writing and research skills.
  4. References.  A list of names, titles, and current telephone numbers of three (3) employment references.

QUESTIONS?   For questions about this recruitment contact Crystal Hall at

EEO Statement
The Washington Student Achievement Council is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all applicants and employees. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, and veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need accommodations in the application process or wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, please call 360.485.1138 or email
Please Note: Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64014006
  • Location:
    Olympia, Washington, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Position Title: Associate Director of Research and Program Evaluation
  • Industry: Government/Civil Service
  • Job Function: Research
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: 74,292.00 - 92,000.00 US Dollars (Yearly Salary)

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