Research & Evaluation Manager


Research & Evaluation Manager


Full-time Exempt

Reports to:

Vice President, Research & Development


Commensurate with experience

Hire Date:

LCLC will close the posting as soon as we find an exceptional candidate

Who We Are 

Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) specializes in providing a unique form of holistic community- based criminal defense representation grounded in restorative justice principles to minors and emerging adults (24 and under) from North Lawndale. This highly relational and innovative model is performed by an interdisciplinary team of attorneys, case managers, outreach workers, and strategic community partners that provide developmentally appropriate supports for minors and emerging adults. The team identifies and meets the various needs of our youth at every phase of the criminal justice system: from diversion, arrest, through trial, and the completion of any period of probation, supervision, or parole, and beyond. By serving justice-involved minors and emerging adults holistically in their community, LCLC is leading the transformation of the traditional criminal justice system and establishing new best practices in community-based holistic interventions grounded in restorative justice that are more effective, cost less, and result in greater public safety for all. We believe our holistic, community-led (approximately 70% of our staff and Board of Directors are from North Lawndale) restorative justice model will transform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. More information on LCLC can be found at

About North Lawndale

North Lawndale is a vibrant and resilient community and we are proud to be a part of it. Our office is located just next door to the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Apartments and Exhibit Center, built on the site where Dr. King lived for six months during his Chicago Freedom Campaign in 1966. North Lawndale is tightly-knit, and we are gratified by our affiliation with the Lawndale Community Church, an organization that has done so much to bring necessary health and legal services to the community. Unfortunately, following decades of disinvestment, “white flight”, redlining, and other harbingers of systemic poverty and violence, North Lawndale still suffers from high levels of poverty, economic hardship, violence, and over- policing. 

In North Lawndale, approximately 850 officers are assigned to the two police districts that patrol 35,000 residents. In addition, a significant percentage of specialized units (which are historically aggressive and abusive) have been ordered to rove in our community. More than 1,500 youth are arrested in North Lawndale yearly, the second highest rate in Chicago. Indiscriminate stops and searches of North Lawndale residents are a daily occurrence; 66% of adults surveyed perceived no legitimate reason for their most recent police stop. A startling 59% of adults in North Lawndale have been arrested, 30% convicted, and 27% jailed. 

Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds that our youths encounter within North Lawndale, namely the violence, poverty, and police brutality, they demonstrate hope, resolve, and a drive to make their neighborhood a better place. We are continually inspired by our clients’ resilience and positivity in the face of external challenges. It is both an honor and a privilege to help them walk them away from the criminal justice system and equip them to take control of their future.

Job Description

The Research & Evaluation Manager helps create, coordinate, conduct, and oversee all aspects of program  evaluation and research projects for LCLC. She or he helps build evaluation plans with input from a  multidisciplinary team, clients, and other stakeholders. She or he assures that the program is meeting its  goals and is furthering LCLC’s mission. Under the supervision of the Vice President, Research &  Development and in collaboration with LCLC’s Data Analyst, the Research & Evaluation Director is  responsible for completion and coordination of all evaluation and performance measurement activities.


  • Work with all staff and partner service providers to gather, review, and compile data and lessons learned
  • Draft data entry policies, practices, and trainings for LCLC team 
  • Develop and execute evaluation and data collection plans; Design and coordinate implementation of  quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments and materials 
  • Conduct all analysis of data and prepare evaluation reports 
  • Ensure secure storage of gathered data and confidentiality of participants  
  • Help LCLC staff understand the developmental needs and demographics of the young people we serve Perform performance improvement and continuous quality assurance activities; improve services by  informing new strategies, service design, and operations based on data 
  • Help LCLC better understand our model of services, the average length and intensity of services needed,  and report on the impact of our model to funders 
  • Create inspiring, accurate, and thorough grant reports, annual reports and other reports documenting  youth served, services provided, outcomes, etc.  
  • Participate in RCT being conducted by University of Chicago Poverty Lab, Chicago Beyond, and Cook  County Public Defender’s Office 
  • Conduct ongoing research regarding strategies and practices developed in criminal justice and violence  prevention fields that show promise and might be incorporated in our service model 
  • Equip us to lead the field of criminal justice reform and public safety by helping design developmentally  appropriate supports for acutely high risk, justice involved minors and emerging adults 
  • Recommend design changes to LCLC’s database and work with LCLC and Adler University in the  design and management of database 
  • Train staff and provide ongoing technical assistance on database  
  • Engage in outreach, networking, and partnership with key community stakeholders 
  • Supervise Data Analyst 
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Health Administration, Public Policy, or a  related field 
  • 3-5 years of program evaluation experience 
  • At least 1 year supervisory experience  
  • Experience with designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative evaluations 
  • Experience with research protocols including focus groups and interviews 
  • Passion for social justice, particularly as related to the criminal justice system; knowledge of criminal  justice, violence prevention, and root causes of violence preferred 
  • Ability to work in teams and independently 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Superior communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse staff, clients, and community partners.  
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and statistical software packages such as SPSS,  STATA, R, etc. 


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to: Dawn Ruzich, at  Include position title in email subject. The position, which is available immediately, will remain open until filled.

Lawndale Christian Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and organizational needs. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of those we serve. 

North Lawndale residents and minorities encouraged to apply.