The primary purpose of the Program Strategist is to evaluate and assess agency programs and opportunities by conducting program research, collecting and analyzing data, and developing assessment tools and strategies. This position will be responsible for data collection, analysis, and strategic program planning and development, with a considerable focus on Wildlife and Fisheries-Associated programming. Specific responsibilities of the Program Strategist will include:
Identify core performance measurement metrics, benchmarks, and progress indicators to measure effectiveness and efficiency of agency programs.
Works with the public and agency stakeholders to evaluate operational and program effectiveness.
Develop solutions and recommendations to address program performance issues.
Develop an understanding of all public-facing agency programs and identifies opportunities to evaluate those programs for process, impact, effectiveness, and efficiency.
Identify and resolve issues and problems and prepare and present recommendations (written and oral) that contain strategic suggestions for program modifications to optimize program effectiveness.
Communicate with a variety of audiences in both oral and written formats to collect quantitative and qualitative data and report on tasks and outcomes in a clear and concise manner.
Coordinate data collection and sharing with stakeholders, the public, agency constituents, NGOs, landowners, local, state and federal government agencies, and other interested parties as necessary.
Evaluate and analyze various aspects of programming and outreach efforts through the use of methods such as participant tracking, license data dashboards, Google analytics, etc., to gain valuable insight into aspects driving constituent decision-making, for enhanced program efficacy.
Apply an inter-agency approach as well as networking and partnering skills to create broad support for data sharing.
Other duties assigned as needed.
Individual in this position should have:
Knowledge of operations and standards in program evaluation.
Experience designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques and tools, including questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, and observation.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency personnel, officials, and the public.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, through a variety of correspondence including as the ability to diffuse controversy through accurate, thorough, and meaningful communications.
Management prefers applicants with the following demonstrated characteristics:
Strong project management, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
Knowledge and understanding of natural resources and wildlife-associated recreation topics and issues.
Ability to develop tracking metrics and tools.
Experience in conducting independent research.
Data science skills.
Ability to work independently and in a team setting.