Assistant Researcher - 17750BR

Assistant Researcher

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) seeks two full-time Assistant Researchers to provide basic research support across a variety of projects. At the direction of team leads, work will include interfacing with community partners, conducting basic data management functions to support larger data analysis efforts, and engaging in community-partner outreach and engagement activities and other types of interfacing with community, state, and federal stakeholders. The successful applicant will have strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to communicate effectively with various audiences including local external partners, colleagues, and CPPR leadership.
CPPR specializes in research and evaluation, data science projects, and social innovation work that supports our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR primarily pursues its mission by assisting partners, including state-level and community based organizations, in their work to secure funding, bring key stakeholders to the table, orchestrate large-scale data efforts, and conduct research, cost analysis, and evaluation. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about impacting social change for good. The person in this position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by conducting evaluations and providing research support to new or existing programs. The successful applicant should have prior experience working with community stakeholders, collecting, managing, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data, and sharing findings with partners outside of the academic community. The applicant should also be able to facilitate continuous quality improvement (CQI), actively troubleshoot problems that may arise, and quickly develop and implement solutions. Experience working on issues related to maternal and child health is helpful. This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

45% - Data Collection and Analysis
  • Work with programs to collect reporting and outcomes data
  • Assist with developing program surveys
  • Assist with observation and interviews for program participants, program staff and other stakeholders
  • Code qualitative data
  • Perform data entry, data cleaning, and data management in preparation for analysis
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative data synthesis and analysis
  • Assist with report writing
  • Assist with preparing charts, tables, graphs, or written summaries of data output
45% - Program Support and Technical Assistance
  • Prepare briefs for program staff
  • Draft presentations on research and data collection
  • Engage with local and state partners
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist with preparing training and technical assistance materials
  • Provide technical support around data collection
  • Manage and maintain accurate program records
10% - Other duties
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in a related field.
2. Experience collecting data in the field or in a research lab as demonstrated by previous work or education experience
3. Excellent communication and writing skills and English proficiency as evidenced by application materials
4. Excellent organizational skills and experience working independently as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Previous experience with data entry or transcription of qualitative interviews/information as demonstrated in application materials.
2. Previous experience in conducting interviews for research purposes.
3. 1 year experience using statistical analysis software, such as SPSS or SAS.
4. Familiarity with using a variety of technologies (e.g., iPads, cell phones, transcription devices, online applications).

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application deadline is 09/30/2020

Contact Information to Applicants
Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

minimum $31,940

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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