Summary Description

The Senior Director for Research and Evaluation will be responsible for leading CCUSA’s national research agenda, cultivating external research partnerships, and building services to support member agencies’ research and evaluation efforts. This position is embedded within CCUSA’s Member Services Division, with key coordination with the Programs and Services team, the Government Relations team, and Communications and Development offices. This position’s primary objective is to cultivate reputational respect for CCUSA and its members as sources of credible information and insightful ideas related to the practice, policy, and theology of poverty reduction in the United States.

Leadership Exercised

  • This individual will be called upon to lead a team to provide research and evaluation on programs and services connected with governmental relations efforts.
  • Serves at team lead in research and evaluation efforts
  • Motivates and communicates effectively with staff

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic guidance and recommendations for organizational engagement on research and thought leadership initiatives related to CCUSA’s anti-poverty agenda.
  • Provide team leadership for the CCUSA Annual Survey and other data collection efforts to ensure quality primary data is available to the organization.
  • Cultivate and manage external research partnerships, including with the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, and with other Universities and Colleges as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Government Relations staff to guide research-driven advocacy positions and materials.
  • Consult with CCUSA member agencies to help in the development of research and evaluation strategies for their programs.
  • Coordinate across departments to ensure consistent use of quality data and research in external communications.
  • Lead the implementation of new research and evaluation projects to advance the mission of CCUSA. Direct the development and analysis of original research to inform the organization.
  • Monitor program(s) expenditures to ensure accountability and operation within budget constraints.
  • Represent the organization externally at relevant coalitions meetings and other events to cultivate and maintain strategic external partnerships.
  • Exercise significant leadership in CCUSA’s mission to Reduce Poverty in America and promote our Catholic Identity.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong understanding of Catholic Social Doctrine and the Catholic Moral Tradition
  • Solid organizational and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative analyses
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines
  • Demonstrated policy knowledge and background on priority issue areas for CCUSA
  • Embrace CCUSA’s values and the behaviors that support the values
  • Respond in a timely manner to management requests for information
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong internal and external relationship building skills
  • Excellent writing skills; demonstrated presentation writing abilities
  • Excellent communications, interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Ability to work with initiative, without close supervision
  • Solid experience with project management
  • Strong customer/member services skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and to make timely, value-based decisions
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Ability to excel in fast-paced, changing, and challenging environments
  • Proficient in computer, Qualtrics and Microsoft Office Suite programs with advanced knowledge of MS Windows: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio required
  • Exercise significant leadership in CCUSA’s mission to Reduce Poverty in America and promote our Catholic Identity

Education & Experience

  • Master level (or equivalent experience) in statistics, political science, public policy, social work or related field
  • Minimum of five to seven years of experience in a non-profit, association or related fields

Work Environment

  • This position is located in Alexandria, VA.
  • This position may require extended periods of standing, sitting, as well as some repetitive movements, bending and repetitive lifting of minimal weight
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key components and primary responsibilities

Application Process

Email a cover letter and resume to

Job Title
Senior Director, Research and Evaluation
Catholic Charities USA
Alexandria, VA 22314
Posted On
March 5, 2024