Associate Researcher - 13164BR

Associate 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 a full-time Associate Researcher to conduct program evaluation and data management for small and large-scale initiatives. 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 of 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 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

50% - Research and Evaluation Design & Management
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative evaluation projects, including innovative approaches and methodologies.
  • Coordinate research and evaluation activities, including data collection/database management
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building activities to programs and stakeholders
  • Supervise graduate research assistants, project coordinators, or research assistants

30% - Data Analytics & Reporting
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Prepare charts, tables, graphs, and written summaries of data output.
  • Write reports and documentation related to project, including progress reports and summary reports.
  • Create publications, presentations, and other strategies to disseminate project results to the community as well as to regional/national audiences.
  • Represent CPPR projects and teams at relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars, as needed.
  • Deliver presentations and technical assistance related to the project’s activities and findings.
  • Synthesize and convey complex ideas into clear, compelling and varied communications.

10% - CPPR Program Development
  • Pursue new opportunities for collaboration and growth for CPPR, creating and strengthening partnerships within the University and with state and social services agencies in Kansas, among others.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with state and national partners to promote CPPR’s research and evaluation programs and other work.
  • Mentor developing researchers at CPPR.

10% - Other
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master's degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or related field.
  2. Experience with social service, public health, or education programs for at risk children, youth or families or related initiatives as evidenced by work history.
  3. 3 years of additional experience leading a large research project or evaluation, including designing quantitative and qualitative methodology and synthesizing results as evidenced by academic or work history.
  4. 2 or more of years of experience analyzing data using SPSS, R, STATA, or other statistical programs as evidenced by academic or work history.
  5. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or related field.
  2. Prior experience with grant writing or proposal development as evidenced by work history.
  3. Prior experience supervising research assistants or staff as evidenced by work history.
  4. 1 or more years of experience working with XML files and/or developing Excel and Access databases as evidenced by work history.
  5. Excellent oral communications skills as demonstrated by interview responses

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 review begins November 18, 2018. To ensure first consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $42,474

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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