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American Heart Association Director of Evaluation in Metairie, Louisiana


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Director of Evaluation in our National Center office. Location of selected candidate is flexible.

In this role, you be responsible for leading a team of evaluation analysts tasked with providing data collection, analysis, and reporting of outcomes and measures for AHA’s initiatives. Additional responsibilities include providing state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative analytical services across multiple sectors as well as growing and developing the AHA’s evaluation program into one of the strongest programs in the country.

This is a full time, grant funded, benefits eligible opportunity. Current funding is through 6/2024.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provide technical oversight and direction for the synthesis of evidence and information, as relevant and applicable, to inform the development, implementation, and/or monitoring of programs and initiatives that are aligned with organizational priorities.

  • Serve as a liaison between the evaluation team with both internal and external partners to develop and facilitate strategic collaborations aimed at evaluating existing programs/initiatives and enhancing capabilities to evaluate and monitor cardiovascular health across populations.

  • Develop and direct a coordinated program of evaluation and support strengthening of evaluation capacity.

  • Present results of programs and initiatives at major scientific meetings; assist and contribute to peer-reviewed manuscript development.

  • Conceptualize study analytic designs, select and refine study measures, and oversee quality control of data collection for evaluation of AHA programs and initiatives at a local, regional, and national level.

  • Communicate evaluation results in a timely and effective manner to influence views not only of staff but also of Member States (delegates, parliaments, decision-makers), the broader donor community and other stakeholders.

  • Ensure appropriate use of evaluation findings to promote organizational learning, by establishing effective feedback loops between various end-users within and external to the AHA.

  • Coordinate and collaborate across AHA departments and business units to avoid duplication of efforts and improve programs of mutual interest.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Advanced Degree - Masters in Epidemiology, Public Health, or related area, PhD preferred.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in program development, management, or administration.

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of project leadership and coordination experience.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of:

  • Experience creating data collection instruments for both quantitative (surveys/questionnaires) and qualitative (interview/focus group guides) approaches.

  • Experience leading or supervising staff or a project team.

  • Advanced knowledge or skills in programming and data management with knowledge of statistical research methodology/principles.

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as SAS, STATA, Matlab, R, and other data analysis platforms.

  • Ability to develop scientific proposals and reports for both scientific and lay audiences.

  • Ability to understand scientific communication (journals, briefings, reports, statistics, etc.) ability to synthesize complex data sets into reports or communications for diverse audiences.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of public, community and population health and business models.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, including representatives of target populations.

  • High level of organization and attention to detail; ability to summarize/interpret complex analyses, strong deductive reasoning skills and ability to maintain detailed documentation of data management and programming work.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills/experiences we are looking for:

  • PhD in Epidemiology or related area.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience analyzing data resources appropriate for monitoring cardiovascular health in diverse populations.

  • Advanced skills/experience with design and implementation of investigations focused on surveillance of cardiovascular disease and risk factors.

  • Training/proficiency in cardiovascular disease epidemiology methods.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit:

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 1 month ago (9/4/2021 8:05 AM)

Requisition ID 2021-6786

Job Family Group Science and Research

Job Category Science & Research

Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50


Location: Metairie,LA