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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should include 1) your specific interest in the position; 2) your skills and experience that directly relate to this position; and 3) your approach to understanding the perspectives of colleagues and community partners from different backgrounds and cultural viewpoints. 

Job Summary

The Department of Psychiatry within the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking an experienced, energetic, highly motivated, and organized individual to join a growing research and program development team with the TRAILS Program (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) as a Program Evaluation Specialist. 
The mission of TRAILS ( is to provide more equitable and improved access to evidence-based mental health services for all students. TRAILS partners with a wide variety of community stakeholders to build capacity within K-12 schools so that their students affected by mental illnesses and mental health challenges are best supported. TRAILS provides clinical resources, training, and implementation support to educators and school or community mental health professionals with the aim of improving student health and social and educational outcomes and promoting health and healthcare equity. TRAILS has a particular focus on partnering with under-resourced communities with elevated Medicaid enrollment. Current major initiatives are centered in Michigan, Colorado, and Massachusetts.  

The Program Evaluation Specialist will work with the TRAILS team, school leaders, and other partners to accurately and efficiently carry out a range of program evaluation and data analyses tasks for the TRAILS program, focusing on TRAILS expansion into three (3) rural school districts in the State of Colorado. The Program Evaluation Specialist will assist with survey and other instrument development, management of IRB application and approval processes, data collection activities, and data analysis, interpretation, and report writing. They will help coordinate the day-to-day implementation and evaluation activities of the project in collaboration with the project team, the Youth Policy Lab, and the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, as well as other potential project partners.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)
Learning and working in environments designed for diversity, equity and inclusivity are necessary for TRAILS to address the vast inequities in access to evidence-based mental health care for young people of color and other marginalized populations.  In addition to collaborating with faculty and staff on projects that explicitly focus on DE&I, TRAILS uses inclusive design and implementation processes in all of our work. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education and healthcare settings are strongly encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities, BIPOC, and individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+. For more information, please visit our website:


Representing TRAILS with a high degree of professionalism and integrity, the Program Evaluation Specialist will support the TRAILS Colorado expansion project with excellent communication, teamwork, inclusiveness, and relationship-building as the foundation of all interactions.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform statistical analyses using TRAILS datasets and/or publicly available datasets related to multidisciplinary research involving mental health services, social science (e.g., education), and population health data independently, as well as, in collaboration with other project partners
  • Synthesize multilevel outcomes (e.g., health outcomes, cost, service utilization) from TRAILS datasets and/or publicly funded large datasets
  • Responsible for the development, application, and maintenance of evaluation of TRAILS program(s) and the related data collection, management and reporting protocols
  • Independently construct new, large-scale, complex databases, designing their formats and structures and managing their reorganization for specific analytic purposes
  • Construct variables and measures from new and existing data sets using appropriate techniques for specific analytic purposes
  • Develop and maintain documentation for new and existing databases (e.g., measures, sources, construction, programs) and archival documentation for completed projects 
  • Maintain datasets including merging files, restructuring and recoding variables, and checking for errors
  • Work with the TRAILS team to strategically plan what data needs to be collected that provides data-driven improvements for the program, how data should be tracked to monitor outcomes, what data needs to be prioritized in order to reduce data collection burden while maximizing value for our community partners
  • Advise TRAILS leadership on statistical analyses, data reduction, and study design
  • Advise TRAILS web team on the collection of user data and analyzing program reach, materials, and utilization
  • Prepare and write data and analysis sections of working papers, interim reports, final reports, and manuscripts for submission
  • Attend regular meetings with project investigators to discuss progress, and preparing presentations of study findings

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Statistics, Public Health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Services), Informatics, Social Sciences, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • A minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated experienced in managing and preparing data for analysis
  • A minimum of three (3) years of proficient experience with data analysis using bivariate and univariate descriptive techniques; analysis of variance; multiple regression, including for categorical and count outcomes; and must be familiar with the statistical assumptions underlying these methods 
  • Proficient in writing statistical methods and results with the quality necessary for manuscript preparation
  • Experience preparing graphs, figures, and illustrations of the results of statistical analyses
  • Competent with Excel and able to import data from Excel and related databases into SAS, R, Stata, and other software systems
  • Exhibit a solid foundation in statistical theory and application, and a willingness to learn and apply new methods and approaches
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; exhibits exceptional ability to independently prepare correspondence (especially with e-mail messages) and write/edit/produce reports; 
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team, and independently in a dynamic environment with multiple competing priorities
  • Highly motivated, organized, and autonomous person with a professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD in Statistics, Public Health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Services), Informatics, Social Sciences, or related field and/or;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience working with teams implementing school-based and/or community mental health programs in real-world settings and/or;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience leading and executing evaluation design for a program, organization, or other group
  • Proficient technical writing skills for documenting database structure and content as well as writing data collection and analysis protocols

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Work Locations

University of Michigan 
Department of Psychiatry
NCRC Building 520 
1600 Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Additional Information

This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience. The salary range for this position is minimum $61,830; midpoint $80,380; and maximum is $98,930

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.