Evaluation Manager

Posting Date: Until filled 

Term: Temporary full-time contract position until October 27, 2024

Hiring Range: $70,000-$80,000 annual salary

Benefits: Extensive benefit package inclusive of health, dental, RRSP, and paid personal days. Hybrid working options are also available for team members.


The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a charitable non-profit organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, and Schlegel Villages to enhance care and quality of life for older adults. Through engagement with key partners and collaborators, RIA supports practice- relevant research and knowledge mobilization. Research evidence is used to inform programs, education and training, and influence practice and policy.

Primary Purpose

The evaluation manager will provide leadership for the development and implementation of an evaluation strategy for dementia programs and projects. The evaluation manager will work collaboratively with the Dementia Programs team including the project managers to create evaluation plans, manage evaluation activities and contribute evaluation data to reports that demonstrate the progress and impact of the projects and initiatives and ensure alignment with the RIA strategic plan.

The role will support RIA’s vision, mission, and values as well as have an interest and passion for enhancing quality of life and care for older adults and team members working in senior living.

Key Accountabilities

  • Evaluation Development and Implementation: Provide leadership for several projects in alignment with the program mandates. This role is responsible for leading the development of program metrics, creation and maintenance of data collection processes and tools, the execution of data collection, and data synthesis and analysis as it relates to project goals and reporting.
  • Collaboration and Mentorship: Work closely with the project teams to coordinate evaluations within program and organizational objectives. Work collaboratively with external partners, researchers and RIA team members to meet project and program goals. Support team members in data collection processes as they relate to project evaluation.
  • Data Analysis: Analyze quantitative and qualitative evaluation data beyond descriptive statistics to inform project progress and program organizational impact. Synthesize and present evaluation data to inform project reporting.
  • Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to tailor messaging to diverse audiences and clearly communicate evaluation findings in plain language. Responsible for writing and submitting ethics applications. Pro-actively and regularly communicate with the project team external collaborators, funders and senior leadership including obstacles and challenges as they arise.
  • Other: Take on additional tasks, activities and special projects, as they arise.

Position Requirements 


University degree (Master’s preferred) in social sciences, public health, health services research or education research. Training in evaluation and research design with a comprehension of evaluation best practices.

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in evaluation development and implementation for mixed- method evaluations for large-scale projects.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience collecting, managing and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data with the ability to synthesize evaluation findings to help inform project progress, problem solving, and contribute to funding agency reporting.
  • Ability to demonstrate project management skills relevant to planning and executing day-to-day implementation operations.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in the field of dementia research and practice in Canada.  Specifically, focused on enhancing quality of care and life for people living with dementia.
  • Experience working with government funders, researchers and collaborating with people with lived experience, specifically people living with dementia. 
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Self-starter with a proactive attitude who can anticipate needs.
  • Experience using various systems/technologies (CRMs, customized databases, and other platforms) to optimize project implementation.
  • Experience and fluency using Microsoft and Google Workspace products.
  • Fluent in English. Fluency in French is an asset but not required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be available for occasional travel.
  • Eligible to obtain a police background/criminal record check.

Scope of Work 

  • Interpersonal Skills: Communicates effectively with internal team members and external collaborators; professionally represents the RIA in all communications and at events.
  • Level of Responsibility: Responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of the project in alignment with the contract.
  • Decision-Making Authority: Accountable to make decisions for the day-to-day operations of the project’s evaluation with support from the project manager(s) and director, dementia programs to inform strategic directions
  • Physical and Sensory Demands: Minimal demands, typical of a position operating within an office environment; periods of extensive sitting at a desk and in meetings and concentrated use of visual senses; substantial repetitive keyboard/mouse movement; high sensory demands because of required concentration and attentiveness to detail and regular distractions and interruptions.
  • Working Environment: Much of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunities to move about. Office is located in a comfortable indoor area and options for hybrid work are available for this position. The work is varied and assignments may change frequently. Work will involve regular interaction with RIA team members and external partners and collaborators. There are deadline pressures, while at the same time there is a demand for thoroughness and accuracy. Occasional travel is required.

Vaccination Statement

All researchers, employees and students of the RIA who will work with long-term care homes, colleges, universities and other partners are required to comply with the vaccination policies of those external organizations to complete their work. Of note, vaccination policies are subject to change. The requirement to comply with those evolving policies does not change.

Equity Statement

The RIA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion within its community and organization. We strongly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, racialized groups, women, LGBTQ2+ people, persons with disabilities and people from other equity-seeking groups.

The RIA is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) within our recruitment process. If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process, please let us know.

How to Apply

RIA invites applications (cover letter and resume) to be submitted by email to applications@the-ria.ca. Please include the job title in the subject line of the email.