Research Associate I

Employer
University of Denver
Location
Denver, CO
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward looking vision for a 21stcentury education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and staff to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

*About the Butler Institute to Families*

Throughout its 75 year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) has administered numerous externally funded projects serving children and families. The Butler Institute for Families (Butler), established in 1994, is affiliated with GSSW and is nationally recognized for our leadership and collaborative work at the national, state, and local level in evaluation, research, and technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of child, youth, and family serving systems. We bring together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts, and community members to: engage in program evaluation and research; examine outcomes; and provide technical assistance and training to program administrators, direct service providers, and community leaders. Currently, Butler conducts business in four primary content areas: child welfare, early childhood systems, tribal child welfare, and behavioral health. These content areas operate within a Research to Practice framework that promotes the use, adoption, adaptation, replication, and scaling of research and/or evaluation knowledge, and the integration of this knowledge in practice.

In addition to the benefits offered by the University of Denver (see here for more details: [https://www.du.edu/jobs/)](https://www.du.edu/jobs/)), Butler offers the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people committed to using research and evaluation to inform practice and practice to inform research and evaluation. We also offer professional development and job growth opportunities, flexible schedules, and the opportunity to work remotely. Butler stands in solidarity against the systemic oppression of persons of color and American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, communities, and individuals. Butler intentionally partners with family and child serving agencies to create healing, positive systemic change and daily inclusive actions that reflect racial equity.

*Position Summary*

This position will support several grant funded evaluation projects including the National Capacity Building Center for Tribes (CBCT), National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) and Fatherhood related grant. The Research Associate has significant research experience, preferably in tribal communities and/or communities of color. This position requires experience designing and conducting evaluation projects using culturally based methodologies, such as mixed methods approaches. Research Associates are responsible for supporting research design activities, overseeing data collection and management activities, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing and dissemination, and collaboration with funders, community partners, providers, and stakeholders. This position may contribute to developing proposals and grants.

This is a grant funded position.

*Essential Functions*

Project Management, Data Collection, Statistical Analysis and Interpretation

* Provide project management including establishing project timelines and ensuring timelines are met.

* Participate in framing of research and evaluation questions.

* Assist in developing evaluation plans, data collection protocols, tools, and methodologies.

* Design, coordinate, and conduct interviews and focus groups.

* Quantitative data collection experience. Conduct statistical analyses and interpretation activities under guidance from project Principal Investigators.

* Guide team member tasks and activities on projects.

* Maintain positive working relationships with clients, programs, and other key project stakeholders.

* Conduct project management for research and/or evaluation studies or major components of complex evaluations.

* Use a broad array of skills, which may include proficiency in Atlas.ti, NVivo, SPSS, and other statistical analysis/visualization tools.

* Participate in the development and presentation of results to key stakeholders, funders, and other audiences.

* Contributes to reports, publications, conference presentations, and other dissemination opportunities as a coauthor or copresenter requiring excellent writing skills and quality presentation abilities.

* Communicate with community and interdisciplinary collaborators and act as a spokesperson.

* May assist in writing grant proposals.

* May supervise and mentor Research Assistants

*Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities*

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills for preparing reports, presentations, and grant applications, as well as coordinating and communicating with project team and multiple stakeholders.

* Strong analytic skills, including statistical analysis and interpretation.

* Broad array of research and presentation skills, including data collection and management, proficiency with Microsoft Excel and statistical software, and web based survey design such as Qualtrics.

* Project management skills with multiple stakeholders and tasks involved.

* Ability to tactfully hold project members and leadership accountable to deadlines.

* Ability to prioritize competing timelines and project deliverables.

* Ability to facilitate constructive interpersonal interaction and teamwork.

* Strong critical thinking and solution building skills.

* Ability to work with members of diverse cultures and communities with respect and humility.

* Strong attention to detail.

*Required Qualifications*

* Masters degree in human services or other relevant field

* 3-4 years of experience working in program evaluation or social sciences research, including evaluation planning, design, data collection, data management, and data analysis

*Preferred Qualifications*

* 4 or more years experience in program evaluation or social sciences research, including evaluation planning, design, data collection, data management, and analysis

* Experience with data visualization software (such as Tableau)

* Experience designing and administering web based surveys

* Experience creating logic models and/or theories of change

* Experience analyzing qualitative data

* Experience working with grant funded projects in government, nonprofit, or university settings

* Knowledge of child, youth, and family serving systems

* One or more years experience supervising staff, students or others.

* Experience working in Tribal communities and/or communities of color

*Working Environment*

Primarily remote work, option to work outside of the Denver area with occasional travel.

*Work Schedule*
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*Application Deadline*
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by *4:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, May 20, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.*

*Special Instructions*
Candidates must apply online through www.jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

*Salary Grade Number:*
The salary grade for the position is 10.

*Salary Range:*
The salary range for this position is $58,000-$65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

*Benefits:*
The [University of Denver](https://www.du.edu/human-resources/media/documents/benefits-overview-benefited-employees.pdf) offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the [University of Denver](https://www.du.edu/).

*Please include the following documents with your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.*

*1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Responses to required application questions*

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see [non-discrimination-statement](https://www.du.edu/equalopportunity/non-discrimination-statement).

*All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.*

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