Associate Researcher - 22462BR

Associate Researcher

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), a designated center within the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI), seeks a full-time full-time Associate Researcher to develop and implement program evaluations for small and large-scale initiatives. CPPR specializes in applied research, partner acceleration, and venture approaches that support our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR drives change at local, state, and national levels through applied research, data science, digital and systems transformation, strategic foresight and innovation, and translation and dissemination efforts that support national, state, and community partners in realizing their vision for healthy, flourishing families and communities. This position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by conducting evaluations of new or existing programs. The successful applicant should have prior experience managing and reporting quantitative and qualitative data and helping partners with data reporting and quality improvement efforts utilizing information derived from evaluation efforts. The Associate Researcher should have experience sharing findings with partners outside of the academic community. The person in this position will work with teams and independently to troubleshoot problems actively and quickly develop and implement solutions. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about achieving social change for good through data and technology.

This position is contingent upon funding. The University of Kansas offers competitive benefits that include health benefits, paid leave and holidays, optional Flexible Spending, Health Savings Accounts, and life insurance; Employee Assistance Program, retirement benefits, and much more that can be found on the KU Human Resources Management page.

At the heart of our mission, AAI is 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

65% - Applied Research
  • Work as a part of the Applied Research Team as needed across a variety of projects.
  • Design 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.
  • Develop project dashboards using charts, tables, graphs, and other data visualizations, and prepare progress reports and summary reports.
  • Supervise graduate research assistants, project coordinators, or research assistants.
  • Help applied Research Team with the implementation of new research approaches and coordinated research efforts.
25% - Project Management and Support
  • Interact with partner organizations to understand data needs, translate needs to research/evaluation methods and approaches, and adapt program evaluation strategies as necessary to support project efforts.
  • Assist with writing of evaluation plans to submit as part of grant applications or in response to requests for proposals.
  • Synthesize and convey complex ideas into clear, compelling and varied communications.
10% - Other
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Due to COVID restrictions, this position may begin teleworking (depending on start date and current health guidelines) and may transition to a hybrid of on-site work and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will be considered. Minimal travel and in-person work may be required.

Required Qualifications

1. A doctorate or highest professional degree (including JD, MD or international equivalent) in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or related field OR a master's degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or related field and 3 years of additional experience in the field/area of research.
2. 3 Years of experience working with internal and external teams on technical solutions or applications as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
3. 2 or more years of experience analyzing qualitative or quantitative data as evidenced by academic or work history.
4. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Knowledge of and experience with advanced qualitative methods, especially community participatory action methods.
2. Prior experience supervising research assistants or staff as evidenced by work history.
3. Content knowledge in one or more of the following areas: early childhood; home visiting; mental health; community mental health; behavioral health; services to children and families; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; child maltreatment; maternal and child health;.
4. Experience working with community partners and/or state agencies
5. Experience reporting to federal agencies and funders.
6. Knowledge of the University of Kansas, its policies, and its procedures.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of 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 6/27/2022 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. To ensure first consideration, please apply by 6/27/2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $60,000

Work Schedule

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

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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