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Tribal Evaluation Practice Area Research Associate | James Bell Associates

James Bell Associates is hiring a Tribal Evaluation Practice Area research associate. Please see below and attached for more information about the position and how to apply. Please feel free to share with your networks and colleagues. Questions/applications should be directed to


James Bell Associates (JBA) is a nationally recognized program evaluation and applied research firm specializing in evaluations of health and social service programs and capacity building technical assistance (TA). JBA’s mission is to improve the lives of children, families, and communities through evaluation. Our projects cross disciplines, with an emphasis on child and family development, child welfare, health care, and partnering with tribal communities on evaluation. Clients include federal, state, tribal, and local governments as well as universities, foundations, and nonprofits.

JBA is currently seeking a Research Associate to join our Tribal Evaluation Practice Area. This role will support our research, evaluation and technical assistance projects within American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. We are looking for an individual who is highly organized and detail oriented, can coordinate and support the development of written products, is able to communicate effectively with diverse partners, and can support various evaluation and technical assistance tasks. The ideal candidate is proactive, able to problem solve, experienced with working in tribal communities, and interested in professional growth.

The position is a fulltime telecommuting position. Some travel is required when safety permits given the COVID-19 pandemic.

JBA offers excellent salaries and benefits including generous insurance coverage and 401(k) matching. JBA is deeply committed to the principles of equity and diversity and seeks to create an inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


• Serve as a liaison to tribes, tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations

• Provide technical assistance on program evaluation, performance measurement, data collection and reporting, and continuous quality improvement

• Deliver technical assistance webinars, trainings, and presentations

• Facilitate meetings and stakeholder engagement with AI/AN community partners

• Collect and analyze data

• Contribute to the development of reports, memos, TA tools, issue briefs, and journal manuscripts

• Engage in business development activities, including responding to requests for proposals (RFPs)

Required Qualifications

• Minimum of a master’s degree in education, child or human development, family studies, sociology, public health, public policy, psychology, social work, or related field

• At least three years of experience working collaboratively with tribal communities in an evaluation or research capacity

• Knowledge of community based participatory research processes

• Knowledge of the diversity of Native communities and tribal sovereignty

• Knowledge of research design and methods, both qualitative and quantitative

• Strong organizational and analytical skills

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with others, including working effectively as part of a team

• Flexibility to manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with early childhood, public health, health services, child welfare, behavioral health, or substance use prevention in AI/AN communities

• Experience with performance measurement

• Experience with continuous quality improvement

Email cover letter with salary requirements and resume to For more information about James Bell Associates, see

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