Upstream Investments Manager: Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst

Sonoma County Water Agency | Santa Rosa, CA

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Posted Date 10/21/2020

Salary: $77,327.80 - $93,983.01 Annually

The emphasis of the Upstream Investments Manager is on building community and County departmental capacity to use research-based and prevention-focused interventions to promote community-wide adoption of the Upstream Investments principles. (See

This position will support the Upstream Investments initiative by facilitating the development of a county-wide shared outcomes system; managing the implementation of the cloud-based Apricot system; developing detailed guidance documents and reports to promote Upstream Investments and build community capacity; providing training and technical assistance to community-based providers, County departments, funders, and other stakeholders; developing and implementing training curriculum on a broad variety of topics related to evaluation, including logic models, evaluation planning/implementation, selection of data collection tools, developing literature reviews, and other related topics; and facilitating strategy sessions for community-based providers, County departments, funders, and other stakeholders.

The Upstream Investments Manager will also be responsible for contributing to the work of the PREE division, which may include conducting literature reviews; identifying evidence-based practices for consideration; ensuring appropriate mechanisms are utilized to measure client outcomes; coordinating the completion of and use of program evaluations; facilitating strategy discussions; and other planning, research, and evaluation activities for the Human Services Department.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience implementing program evaluation models that promote evidence-based practice and support outcome-driven program design
  • Strong background in social services research and evaluation
  • Knowledge and experience related to the Sonoma County Upstream Investments initiative
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including detailed reports, data visualization techniques, technical guidance documents, and literature reviews
  • Experience providing presentations and training on complex topics
  • Strong analytical skills and sound judgment
  • Knowledge of local demographics, population-level trends
  • Practical experience in applying statistical and qualitative analysis
  • Advanced computer skills, including online surveys and presentation software, and internet research
  • Knowledge of local health and human services providers (non-profit and government)
  • Strong facilitation skills and experience facilitating strategic planning sessions

The Benefits of County Employment

When you join HSD, you become part of a strong work family that makes a difference in lives of our community. We offer opportunities for growth, development, and the ability to be a part of a rewarding work environment. You can also look forward to excellent benefits,* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

The Civil Service title for this position is Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, graduation from a college or university with a degree in social work, gerontology, psychology, sociology, public health, health science, health education, community health, public policy, public administration, business administration, economics, or a closely related area, and two years of experience in program planning, staff development, program supervision, community organization, and/or analysis of human, health, and/or child support services programs would provide such opportunity.

Specific experience related to the assigned division may be required for designated positions.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices of data collection, management, and analysis, program planning, evaluation, needs assessment, and research methodology; project and program management; techniques, principles and work of the assigned program area; social and economic problems that call for the use of public and private county services; legislation and laws that regulate the operations of assigned program areas.

Working knowledge of: the principles and practices of grant preparation and review; budgeting and financial analysis including governmental sources of funding; principles, practices and methods of staff development; community resources and service agencies, including both private and other public agencies; the principles and practices of public economic assistance and service programs; principles of effective oral and written communication; effective community engagement and communication strategies and methods; personal computers and data base management systems.

Ability to: read, review, research, and analyze information including complex rules and regulations; plan, organize, develop, and carry through research projects effectively; select proper research methodology and apply it to program planning problems; design and evaluate program objectives and procedures; develop and implement training plans and programs to meet program needs; write and speak effectively; translate complex and/or complicated information into clear, concise terminology; understand and use data management systems to collect, manage, retrieve, and analyze quantitative data; present analysis and information visually as well as in writing; work cooperatively with a wide variety of professional and lay persons; work effectively with community groups and organizations; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; understand, interpret and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to assigned area; ensure proper compliance with federal, state and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules and regulations; understand and communicate complex systems and the relationship between a variety of initiatives.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.


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