Evaluation Unit Manager

GPTEC · RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Department GPTEC
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Job Summary:

The Evaluation Unit Manger is responsible for overseeing and managing internal and external evaluation planning and projects. This position will also provide leadership within their department by planning and tracking of the goals and objectives associated with Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center (GPTEC) funding streams. The Evaluation Unit Manger identifies opportunities for and response to external evaluation opportunities, develops and enhances partnerships and relations with individual tribes in the Great Plains Area. Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for developing plans, programmatic objectives, policy formulations, and evaluation activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee and lead the growth and sustaining of GPTEC’s Evaluation Unit, including managing budgets and staff, exploring opportunities for GPTEC involvement in evaluation projects, and other activities as appropriate.
  • Lead GPTEC's role in ongoing internal evaluation activities including data collection, communication with evaluation team and GPTLHB departments as applicable, and the preparation and dissemination of reports, findings, and recommendations.
  • Lead the development and provision of evaluation toolkits, technical assistance, and training in accordance with work plans for GPTEC’s funded projects.
  • Collaborate with the GPTEC Data Coordinating Unit in the process of data management planning.
  • Contribute to the translation and dissemination of evaluation findings and public health recommendations to respective Great Plains tribes.
  • Contribute to the development of written reports and dissemination of information to key stakeholders on GPTEC objectives, activities and projects.
  • Assist in carrying out GPTEC priorities, plans, and objectives.
  • Must comply with federal laws and regulations as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Performs related duties.

Professional Behavior  

  • Effectively plan, organize workload and schedule time to meet the demands of the position.
  • Work in a cooperative and professional manner with OHC and GPTCHB staff.
  • Treat Great Plains tribes and collaborators with dignity and respect.
  • Utilize effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advance personal educational development by attending training sessions and seminars as appropriate.
  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests.
  • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and respect.
  • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner.
  • Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or personalities. 
  • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality.
  • Handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
  • Be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others.
  • Resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision if needed.   
  • Promote an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free lifestyle.
  • Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional presence.
  • Adhere to GPTCHB policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor



  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests.
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with American Indian populations and respect for and knowledge of traditional, cultural and spiritual practices of diverse American Indian communities, as well as an ability to work with other culturally and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Must be able to handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
  • Must be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others.
  • Possess the ability to resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision.
  • Able to exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings, weekends and overnight or extended travel as necessary.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to community members, consumers and other employees of the organization.
  • Proficiency with computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other Internet technologies.
  • Valid driver’s license must be kept current, and certificates, credentials or licenses must be kept current and consistent with regulations required by applicable federal, state and/or grant regulations.


Supervisory Controls

The supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available. The employee and supervisor, in consultation, develop deadlines, projects, and work to be done.

The employee is considered an expert and is responsible for planning and carrying out the assignment, resolving most of the conflicts that arise, coordinating the work with others as necessary, and interpreting policy on own initiative in terms of established objectives. In some assignments, the employee also determines the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. The employee keeps the supervisor informed of progress and potentially controversial matters.

Completed work is reviewed only from an overall standpoint in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness in meeting requirements or expected results.



There are established procedures for doing the work and a number of specific guidelines are available as a resource. 

The employee may be required to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application and in making minor deviations to adapt the guidelines to specific cases. The employee may also determine which of several established alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guidelines cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred to the supervisor.


Complexity/Scope of Work

The work includes some variations, and may involve different and unrelated processes and methods. The decision regarding what needs to be done depends upon the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each assignment, and the chosen course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. 

The work involves establishing criteria; formulating projects; assessing program effectiveness; or investigating or analyzing a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions.


The personal contacts are with employees throughout the organization and are generally engaged in different functions and kinds of work, and may be representatives from various levels.  Other personal contacts at this level include contact with partner organizations, Tribal affiliate organizations, and members of the general public.


The purpose is to plan, coordinate, or advise on work efforts, or to resolve operating problems by influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.


Work Environment/Physical Demands

The characteristic demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing or stooping. The work is typically performed in an office and the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers to manipulate, handle, or feel; and, talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move light objects.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


This position requires operation of a motor vehicle, and may require travel.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Supervisory and Management Responsibility

This position is a first level supervisor and is usually responsible for the work performance of a small group of employees. The employee is responsible for planning, organizing and monitoring day‑to‑day work on a short‑term cycle. This position assigns work to subordinates, adjusts workflow to maintain balance among positions and meet priorities or deadlines, and makes minor changes in structure, methods, or procedures as necessary to accommodate changes in work pattern, emphasis, or capability. The employee carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



  • Bachelor's Degree in public health, health administration, social sciences, or related field required. Master's Degree Preferred. Three years of progressively relevant experience.
  • One (1) year of supervisory/management experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management and grant writing required.
  • Experience that indicates the ability to interact effectively with leaders among American Indian communities, government agencies, scientific and academic communities, medical and health-related organizations, nongovernmental groups and the public at large is required.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal and background check, and a pre-employment drug screen.

The GPTCHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates over qualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions, if all other qualifications are equal.

Employment is contingent upon the outcome of all required criminal background checks.

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