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TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Statistical Research Specialist-Lead Evaluator

TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


Job Summary

Summary of Position and Responsibilities

This is an entry-level Evaluator position for the Healthy Transitions-Improving Life Trajectories (HT-ILT) Initiative that is responsible for continuing established evaluation activities related to the initiative. The Tennessee Healthy Transitions-Improving Life Trajectories (HT-ILT) Initiative is a five-year SAMHSA-funded grant program that assists youth and young adults (Y/YA) who have a Serious Emotional Disturbance/Serious Mental Illness or co-occurring Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) in improving their health and wellness, maximizing their potential to assume adult roles and responsibilities and lead full and productive lives. Services are available to Y/YA ages sixteen to twenty-five (16-25) years of age who reside in selected Tennessee counties. The Healthy Transitions service model includes the following components: care coordination, outreach, peer support, and supported employment and education services. This initiative also includes a young adult peer stabilizer that will be collaborating with the child and adult mobile crisis teams at one of the local sites. This is an executive service, grant-funded position, contingent upon grant funding for up to five (5) years from receipt of the award (March 31, 2019 to March 30, 2024). Local and state wide travel is required up to 30%.

Job Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Statistical Research Specialist-Lead Evaluator include:

  • Collaborate with Project Director on all program activities and act as a liaison between grant officials, program staff and the evaluation team.
  • Develop the conceptual framework for the evaluation including the evaluation of peer stabilization services.
  • Prepare IRB applications and amendments, continuation applications, and evaluation reports required by funding sponsor.
  • Adhere to all HIPPA and 42 CFR standards.
  • Train service providers in data collection and management procedures.
  • Coordinate and review the collection, management and quality control of data.
  • Ensure data is submitted to SAMHSA according to grant requirements.
  • Incorporate cultural and linguistic competence in diverse evaluation activities (e.g. including family members and young adults in multiple activities of the evaluation, such as youth participatory action research).
  • Conduct focus group interviews with Young Adult Leadership Councils and service recipients.
  • Perform data analysis and interpretation, including cost analysis.
  • Develop user-friendly visualizations and reports of findings that are shared with program staff and Project Director to inform program direction.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary evaluation practices.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to plan and conduct evaluations.
  • Ability to organize and summarize information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to engage, listen to, and learn from stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in user-friendly formats including infographics.
  • Experience gathering data using qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  • Experience managing databases, constructing data files, conducting and supervising data entry, and performing data edits/cleaning.
  • Experience conducting analyses using analytic tools, specifically SPSS or SAS. REDCap and Tableau experience a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and creative problem solving skills.
  • Strong verbal, public speaking and written communication skills including experience facilitating groups.
  • Must value cultural differences, work independently and motivate others.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in statistics, social or behavioral science, epidemiology or health administration and public policy and experience equivalent to two years full-time professional work in program evaluations, research methodology and/or directing statistical research. Experience in government or health care organization is preferred.

Additional Information


Benefits include: State Hybrid Pension Plan, 401K and 457 (Deferred Compensation), 11 paid Holidays, Annual, Bereavement, Military, Family Medical, Parental, Sick Leave, Sick Leave Bank, Flexible Benefits. Insurance is available including Health, Dental, Life, and Vision.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume to Alyssa.F.Cave@tn.gov to apply for this position.


  • Date Posted: April 30, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Government
  • Salary Range: 5,222-8,353