Senior Research Associate, Evaluation Services Center
Date: Apr 7, 2020
Location:Cincinnati, OH, US
Company: University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university is built upon a strong interdisciplinary research culture that encourages collaboration across colleges
The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) has functioned as an independent service center within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati since 1996. UCESC provides research, evaluation, assessment, and consulting services to equip clients and partners to make data-informed decisions for accountability, continuous quality improvement, program planning, and program and policy development. UCESC employs a collaborative model and has provided comprehensive services to schools and school districts, higher education, professional development providers, community partners, and health-related and social service organizations.
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The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) is seeking a Senior Research Associate to join our evaluation and applied research team. The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will participate in the development, coordination and execution of applied research as well as program and policy evaluations in education, human services, public health, and other related fields.
The SRA will lead and collaborate on proposals; provide research, program and policy evaluation expertise to university faculty and staff as well as local, regional, state, and federal organizations; and conduct all aspects of studies (e.g., idea generation, instrument development, research design, data analysis, report and publication writing, and presentations).The SRA will participate as a member of applied research and evaluation project teams, actively promote and contribute to the Center's continuous improvement, and initiate business development, including proposal writing. Securing funding to support the existing and new research and evaluation agendas is a major responsibility of an SRA.
Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise in quantitative data analysis (e.g., higher level statistical modeling), data visualization, biostatistics and research methods including study design and proposal development.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of local, state, and federal educational, public health, and social justice projects (proposal development, project management, data analysis, and findings dissemination).
Specific Responsibilities: research and evaluation design; data collection and cleaning; data analysis; creation of evaluation reports and/or other deliverables; and formulation of recommendations for improving program effectiveness. The SRA will actively engage with research partners from a variety of academic disciplines, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities to conduct local, state, and federal evaluation projects to inform continuous improvement and provide avenues for further research and evaluation. Responsibilities will also include leading team-based projects and training initiatives along with working with graduate and undergraduate assistants as needed for project work.
Bachelor's degree in statistics, health sciences, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, or a related field at time of appointment.
Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to communicate with persons possessing a wide range of data expertise.
Ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects.
Ability to work independently and be flexible to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Thrives in a team environment and values personal growth.
Ability to contribute to the initiation of business development and proposal writing.
Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Experience with statistical analysis and statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, and R) and data management software.
Experience with academic and technical writing in applied and academic contexts.
Strong Microsoft Word skills, excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Earned doctoral or master's degree in statistics, health sciences, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, or a related field at time of appointment; experience and education must be in a related field.
Four (4) or more years of a leadership role within an organization.
Five (5) or more years demonstrated experience in project management.
Five (5) or more years demonstrated experience in conducting program evaluation, measurement, or assessment.
Identification of funding opportunities and successful proposal writing history.
Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis and statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R) and data management software.
Demonstrated ability to analyze small to large datasets.
Familiarity with qualitative and/ or mixed methods research methods.
Proficiency with either (1) geographic information (GIS) software or (2) interactive software.
NOTE: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Based on the nature of this position and the available funding for this position, the university is unable to provide sponsorship for work visas
Please visit our website to complete the online application. The following are required to be attached / included:
Cover letter: Please describe your interest in the position.
CV or resume. Include employment dates, and full or part-time status.
Professional references: Three professional references, one of them a current or former supervisor. Include names, business title, and contact information.
Writing Sample: All submitted samples will be held in confidence.
Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
Evaluation and Research statement.
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The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
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