Program Evaluator
Posting Details
Position Title:
Program Evaluator
Program Evaluation Division
Position Number:
Closing Date:
2/14/20 5:00 p.m.
Posting Description

Program Evaluator

$53,000.00 - $80,322.00 Annually
Wake County, NC
Job Type
Permanent Full-Time
General Assembly
Job Number
2/14/2020 5:00 PM Eastern
Position Number
Recruitment Range
$53,000.00 - $58,376.00 Annually
Description of Work

*** THE HIRING SALARY IS $53,700–$58,376 ***

The North Carolina General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division is one of six divisions of the Legislative Services Office, responsible for providing nonpartisan services to the 170 legislators and their staff. The dedicated employees of the Program Evaluation Division perform evaluations of efficiency and effectiveness of state and local programs pursuant to G.S. § 120-36.11, et seq. The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee (JLPEOC) and the Division Director prepare a work plan consisting of topics assigned to the Division for evaluation. See for more information about the Program Evaluation Division.
GENERAL DUTIES: A program evaluator serves on research teams that plan and conduct complex and diverse evaluations of state government programs using a wide range of research methods. As a member of a research team, each evaluator uses quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to study performance impact and outcomes of state programs including performance measurement, financing, operational procedures, and other issues of interest to the NC General Assembly. The Program Evaluation Division staff interviews public officials and stakeholders; inspects facilities; reviews records; compiles and analyzes data; writes reports, memos, and papers that present evaluation findings; and delivers formal presentations to legislative committees and state agency boards and commissions.
  • A program evaluator may be called upon to lead projects, assume additional work assignments, and provide assistance to other staff.
  • The Program Evaluation Division expects a program evaluator to work independently and to work effectively on project teams as a team member.
  • Program evaluators work under the guidance of a principal-level mentor in the Division.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all tasks, which may be found in positions of this class.)
  • Completes legislative program evaluation projects on a team.
  • Identifies important issues in an evaluation.
  • Develops and designs questionnaires, surveys, and other data-gathering instruments for evaluations.
  • Collects data and conducts interviews or focus groups.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of any discussion or written communication with a legislator. Such communications are presumed confidential and may not be acknowledged or shared with others without the legislator's prior approval.
  • Analyzes data on program operations and maintains confidentiality of agency data when required by state or federal law.
  • Maintains research files and records to underpin evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • Writes clear, comprehensive reports with conclusions and recommendations that are useful to legislators and staff.
  • Delivers formal presentations to legislative committees and boards and commissions.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

  • Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and procedures of public policy evaluation, performance auditing, or financial or economic analysis.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local government organization and functions.
  • Ability to perform research independently, using appropriate methods of approach and source materials, and ability to follow office procedures and norms.
  • Strong presentation and written communication skills. Heavy writing required. Ability to work independently and on project teams.
  • Ability to express conclusions clearly and logically in oral and written form.
  • Strong skill in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.
  • Willingness and ability to work extra hours during legislative sessions and in the interim. Ability to maintain composure and work cooperatively under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, and state government staff on a daily basis.
  • Ability to work objectively and impartially with members of all political parties and independents.
  • Willingness and ability to travel overnight at state expense.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree and three years of directly related experience; or Master's degree in public or business administration, public policy, finance, economics, operations research, or a closely related field (degrees expected by May 2020 are acceptable) and one year of directly related experience. An earned doctorate in a related field may substitute for one year of directly related experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

***NC General Assembly positions are NOT subject to the State Human Resources Act.***

To apply for the program evaluator position, submit the NC General Assembly application through the NC General Assembly website:

To be considered for the program evaluator position, all applicants must submit a NC General Assembly application and all of the below listed attachments (cover letter, resume, transcripts, writing sample, and references) by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 14, 2020:
  • A detailed cover letter addressing each minimum qualification individually, describing experience relevant to the work of the Program Evaluation Division, and reasons for interest in joining the Division.
  • A current resume (maximum 2 pages).
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial versions acceptable at time of application). The Program Evaluation Division will not offer employment unless applicant has furnished the Division an official transcript.
  • A sample of written work with a note on the first page explaining the extent to which the sample has been edited by another. Applied policy writing samples are preferable. There is no maximum allowed length for a writing sample, but a writing sample exceeding five pages may not be considered in its entirety.
  • A list of three academic or professional references, including name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and relationship to the applicant.
Agency Contact Information:
North Carolina General Assembly
Human Resources Office
(919) 715-1210

***Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application.***

The General Assembly offers employees and their eligible family members a comprehensive and valuable benefits program. The employees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefits which can enrich their quality of life, their health, and their future. Benefits include employee health insurance options, standard and supplemental retirement plans, NC Flex (flexible benefits - a variety of high-quality, low cost benefits on a pre-tax basis), paid vacation, sick, community service leave, and more. 

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An Equal Opportunity Employer, North Carolina, State Government