Assistant Researcher Senior - 21025BR

Assistant Researcher Senior

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

Position Overview

The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) seeks a full-time Assistant Researcher Senior to conduct federally funded research and 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. This position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by conducting evaluations of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and other maternal and child health initiatives. Evaluation activities include project coordination and communication, using project management software, creating and distributing online surveys, data management, facilitating focus groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing, public presentations, and providing technical assistance. The successful applicant should have 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 facilitate continuous quality improvement (CQI), actively troubleshoot problems that may arise, and quickly develop and implement solutions. Experience working on issues related to maternal, infant, and child health is helpful. Experience applying a community-based participatory research approach is also beneficial. Additionally, experience with workforce evaluations and professional development is valuable. This position is contingent upon funding.

Minimal travel may be required.

Due to COVID restrictions, this Position may begin teleworking and transition to a hybrid of on-site and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will also be considered.

Commitment to equity: At the heart of our mission, we are dedicated to improving the lives of people in the many communities we serve. To this end, we commit to addressing the structural and systemic inequities that prevent marginalized populations from thriving. We strive to create a safe workplace where there is no tolerance for discrimination and harassment. We stand with Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQIA+ ​community, people with disabilities, and all individuals who are marginalized or oppressed. We join the movement to make KU and the world around us a better place.

Job Description

40% - Research and Evaluation Project Coordination
  • Ensure that the projects meet the goals and objectives of the funder in cooperation with federal, state, and local partners
  • Track and coordinate deliverables, work plans, and timelines for timely and high-quality completion and of work
  • Plan, prepare and facilitate meetings involving internal staff and external partners
  • Serve as point of contact between CPPR and federal/state/local partners related to research and evaluation projects
  • Support partner programs in accessing, understanding, and using their data and research and evaluation findings
  • Supervise student hourlies, graduate students, or research assistants in carrying out research activities
30% - Research Methodology and Synthesis
  • Participate in the development and design of evaluation and research plans
  • Conduct multi-faceted evaluation and research projects as part of a team
  • Provide synthesis of research literature and/or evaluation and research project findings.
  • Assist with preparing charts, tables, graphs, and written summaries of research and evaluation data and findings using excel and other data visualization applications
  • Assist senior researchers with the preparation of written research and evaluation reports and manuscripts for publication, serving as a co-author as appropriate
20% - Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting
  • Manage and secure program data
  • Collaborate with programs to identify and implement data collection protocols and tools
  • Identify, prepare, and support data files, syntax, and analysis for evaluation and research projects, including advanced statistical analyses as appropriate
  • Assist with data formatting, processing, and analysis using Excel, SPSS, R, and other applications
  • Design, implement and maintain data-informed reports and analytics solutions, including data visualizations and dashboards for different audiences (e.g., community stakeholders, policymakers, scholars)
10% - Other Duties
  • Special Projects and other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

Due to COVID restrictions, this Position will begin teleworking and may transition to a hybrid of on-site and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will be considered.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy or related field and three years of related experience.
  2. 1-2 years of experience analyzing data and visualizing data to inform practice or programmatic learning as demonstrated by work experience.
  3. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and previous work history.
  4. Excellent organizational skills and experience working independently, as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy or related field.
  2. 1-2 years of experience studying social work, early childhood, maternal health, and/or families, as demonstrated in application materials.
  3. 1-2 years of experience facilitating collaboration between stakeholders at the community and/or state level, as demonstrated by application materials.
  4. One year of experience using statistical analysis software, such as SPSS or SAS, as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
  5. Experience working in maternal and child health and/or community health.

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 on January 24, 2022 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. To ensure first consideration, apply by January 23, 2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $45,000

Work Schedule

During the hours of 8 am-5 pm M-F

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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