Operations Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Operations Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Contingent on Funding

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute is a statewide, non-profit organization that has been promoting the health and wellbeing of Louisianans since 1997. LPHI is made up of over 100 employees based throughout the state in all nine Louisiana Department of Health regions. We accomplish our goals alongside our over 500 partner organizations at the local, state, and national levels, which include community-based organizations, foundations, healthcare systems, academic institutions, government agencies, and a cadre of additional stakeholders. Our impact is felt across the state as we leverage our staff expertise and skills in all areas of public health, from advocacy to data and research infrastructure to communications, to ensure that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well.

Our Values


We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our partners, and our communities.


We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in communities.


We approach our work with imagination, ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking as a commitment to progressive transformation.


We are deeply committed to centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and fairness in all that we do.


We are dedicated to exceeding expectations and are committed to continual improvement through listening, learning, and leadership.

Partnership & Trust

We build strong, long-lasting, and committed relationships through collaboration and teamwork, the cornerstones of our efforts to advance health and wellness.

Position Summary

The MEL Operations Manager is integral to advancing the MEL team mission to lead and partner with communities to ensure that community members are thoughtfully engaged and represented in equity centered evaluation and research. The MEL Operations Manager works cross-functionally to support MEL projects from externally funded sources and LPHI lead initiatives. The MEL Operations Manager is responsible for providing oversight for the daily operations of all MEL team activities. These responsibilities include oversight of proposal design, project management, creating budget templates, and supporting partner relationships. The MEL Operations Manager also supervises the MEL Administrative Coordinator position. The MEL Operations Manager will work closely with other MEL team members, LPHI program staff, external partners, and community members to support the efficient execution of MEL Team projects and the fulfillment of contractual obligations. These activities include but are not limited to the development of proposals, staffing plans, project timelines, team Gantt charts. The MEL Operations Manager also supports LPHI in the strategic advancement of its four priority areas: Racial Justice and Health Equity; Partnerships and Collaboration; A Healthier Louisiana; A Thriving Organization. The MEL Operations Manager reports to the MEL Director position.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in social sciences, public health, or related field required
3+ years’ experience in grants and/or contract management experience leading teams
Experience developing project plans and managing timelines for cross-functional project teams, successfully implementing projects, and producing timely, high-quality deliverables
Experience developing project plans and managing timelines for cross-functional project teams, successfully implementing projects, and producing timely, high-quality deliverables
Experience working in partnership with community stakeholders, health systems, and/or academic institutions; strong partner relations skills
Experience fulfilling regulatory and legal requirements for research projects, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and Data Sharing and Use Agreements (DSUAs)
Experience with budget management and negotiation
Experience with proposal development processes
Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

Manage multiple projects simultaneously while effectively working with internal staff and external partners
Create executable timelines, staffing plans, and general budgets for MEL service contracts and grants. Maintain active projects list for MEL team.
Develop project plans, manage timelines, and ensure high-quality deliverables
Lead project teams and provide coaching and supervision, supporting team development, goal attainment, and program success; identify, document, and appropriately address employee performance issues; complete annual reviews of direct reports.
Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to assess evaluation needs.
Manage budgeting, contracting, legal, regulatory, and other administrative processes; serve as the portfolio’s primary liaison with Finance/Contracts to facilitate prioritization of tasks and monitoring of progress towards deadlines
Fulfill regulatory requirements for research projects, including data sharing and use agreements, and Institutional Review Board review/approval at participating sites, and ensure compliance with protocol, agreements, and policies
Identify and take initiative to create processes and develop tools to improve operations and optimize efficiency in project execution, support continuous process improvement across the portfolio
Support the design and implementation of Program Evaluations and Applied Research Studies
Translate stakeholder needs and client requirements into efficient scopes of work
Support MEL in the development of dissemination materials, including manuscripts and presentations
Ensure quality of report writing by other evaluation staff (coordinators and managers)
Support Services

Lead the development and refinement of guidelines for MEL Team operations.
Lead training on MEL operation guidelines for MEL Team members
Work with MEL and other LPHI staff members on proposal development and report generation.
Participate in workgroups and strategic planning to further the mission of LPHI
Support the development of national, regional, and local relationships that generate opportunities to evaluate public health programs and inform the field of public health practice
Monitor project timelines and staffing needs to ensure the efficient execution of contract deliverables
Business Development

Support the development of national, regional, and local relationships that generate opportunities to evaluate public health programs and inform the field of public health practice
Identify and assess the appropriateness of funding opportunities
Write and contribute to proposal development, defining scopes of work, and project budgets in close collaboration with MEL Team members and the LPHI finance team.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

Strong commitment to LPHI’s Strategic Plan Priorities, Mission, Vision and Values
Ability to demonstrate LPHI’s Core Competencies
Demonstrated abilities in project or contract management
Defined leadership abilities necessary to manage and develop staff
Exceptional organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks
Ability to think proactively and function independently, while functioning effectively as a team member and collaborator
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a non-technical manner
Demonstrated ability to ensure high-quality service and service continuity
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Minimum starting salary of $55,000.00 dependent on education and experience.
A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.

Equal Opportunity Employer