Montana Healthcare Foundation


Bozeman, Montana

Date Posted

November 11, 2021

Job Category

This position is an opportunity for an innovative, experienced health professional to join a creative, growing organization with a permanent endowment to support health improvement in Montana. The data and evaluation manager will report to the CEO and work with them to support the development and implementation of initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of Montanans and strengthen the state’s health care and public health systems. The data and evaluation manager will manage MHCF’s evaluation systems. This includes designing and implementing efficient systems to collect, analyze, and report on the Foundation’s programs.  The position will support the CEO in leading MHCF’s efforts to continuously learn from and improve the effectiveness of our programs

The ideal candidate brings a willingness to work closely with Foundation colleagues and the intellectual agility to contribute to the full range of related issues the Foundation works to address. Complementing a passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Montana communities, this individual will have the ability to understand and analyze the business, legal, and financial issues that drive health care and public health systems, and to develop strategy based on that analysis. Exemplary verbal and writing skills are essential.

Humility, empathy, and a bias toward listening are key attributes needed in this and every role at the Foundation. The successful candidate must demonstrate cultural competence, sensitivity, and awareness to be an effective emissary of a large funding entity serving all Montana residents. This position is an opportunity to bring a passion for changing health outcomes in the state of Montana to an organization with the dynamism of a startup— mission-driven, hard-working, focused, smart, innovative, growing, action-oriented— and the credibility earned during its initial years of operation.

Essential Functions


  • Designs and implements evaluations of the Foundation’s initiatives to guide program plans and continuous quality improvement.
  • Examines quantitative data (e.g. clinical data, etc.) from grantees, and qualitative data from staff, outside stakeholders and grant reports to understand the impact of and strengthen the Foundation’s programs.
  • Develops work plans and manages the work of contractors to assist in evaluating the Foundation’s initiatives.
  • Assists with the development of grant applications, grant reporting templates, and internal systems to capture the impact of the work of the Foundation’s staff, grantees, and partners.
  • Prepares descriptive summaries of trends in population health and the social determinants of health in Montana to help guide the Foundation’s priorities.
  • Conducts both quantitative and qualitative analysis, including literature reviews, expert interviews, and data analysis, to support development of new programs and/or evaluation of the Foundation’s efforts.
  • Develops data visualizations, maps, infographics, and other visual materials to convey information clearly and concisely.
  • Captures stories of grantee success and assists with the creation of materials to share relevant lessons with the Foundation’s stakeholders.
  • Assists in building the Foundation’s evaluative capacity by staying current on evaluative methods and developing relationships with the evaluation professional community.


  • Advises the program team and program systems manager on the development of databases and dashboards to track the outcomes of grants, programs, and initiatives.
  • Develops board reporting mechanisms in consultation with the program team, and supports the CEO in reporting outcomes—both qualitative and quantitative—of the Foundation’s initiatives to the board.
  • Creates a culture of continuous improvement in the Foundation’s program through evaluating and sharing knowledge about our program strategies among staff, grantees, community partners, and peers.
  • Participates in information sharing and education with community and peer foundations.
  • Collaborates with the communications manager to determine how to best share knowledge to both internal and external stakeholders/audiences, including print and electronic information.


  • Supports coalitions and working groups in using evaluation as a tool to advance their work and address the Foundation’s strategic priorities.
  • Works with the  program teams to develop an understanding of causal drivers of health outcomes the Foundation looks to address.
  • Supports the CEO and program directors in initiative design by exploring promising interventions and strategies to improve health outcomes; investigates examples of successful programs outside of Montana that are relevant to the Foundation’s
  • Assists the program team in the development of new programs including the development of logic models and theories of change, goals and strategies, and outcome measurement.
  • Supports the design of programs that emphasize quality monitoring and improvement.


  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned under the direction of the CEO.
  • Reliability and attendance: begin work on time and conform to work hours and schedule.


  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Program Evaluation, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related health or human service field preferred.
  • 5-6 years of experience in a role with comparable responsibilities that emphasize qualitative and quantitative program evaluation and program design.

Required Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to effectively communicate with senior management and board members.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Comfort level with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Broad knowledge of the key health and community issues facing rural, frontier and American Indian communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage responsibilities on multiple projects, meet deadlines, and problem solve.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in data analytic and visualization software.
  • Superb attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Detail oriented, as well as capable of a “big picture” perspective in the assessment, evaluation, recommendation and execution of projects and programs.
  • Ability to work with people and organizations of diverse backgrounds, experiences and cultures.
  • An overall commitment to excellence in quality of work and outcomes in self and others.

Other Job Information

  • Position is full-time – 40 hours/week – with competitive benefit package.
  • The Foundation office is in Bozeman, Montana.
  • Occassional travel by personal car, rental car, and air. Mileage reimbursed at allowed IRS rates or actual costs of an approved rental vehicle. The employee must maintain a driver’s license valid in Montana and private liability insurance with minimums outlined under MHCF’s policy.

Essential Physical Skills

The data and evaluation manager will frequently remain in a stationary position for up to 75% of the work date; stand occasionally moves about inside the office to access equipment, files and meetings; occasionally required to move objects weighing up to 10 pounds and must infrequently move objects weighing more than 20 pounds or carry objects. This position requires the manual dexterity sufficient to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment. This person must communicate clearly using with customers/clients who speak English to accurately convey information and be able to communicate at normal speaking levels both in person and over the telephone. The employee must be able to receive and understand written and oral communication and give written and oral instruction. This position requires the ability to calculate mathematic problems and frequently requires visual acuity at 20 inches or less to review written documents.

Environmental Conditions

Often, in an office environment with visits to external environments that could require walking, driving to and from various locations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position. All Foundation employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed, to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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About the Organization

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) makes strategic investments to improve the health and well-being of all Montanans. MHCF contributes to a measurably healthier state by supporting access to quality and affordable health services, conducting evidence-driven research and analysis, and addressing the upstream influences on health and illness. The Foundation is overseen by seven dedicated trustees from across the state and run by an innovative, close-knit team led by its CEO, Dr. Aaron Wernham. MHCF is a permanent resource for Montana and catalyzes health innovation. Learn more about the Foundation, its board of trustees, and its staff.


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