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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced social scientist with a strong interest in applied research to join a team of experienced researchers engaged in a diverse body of work that includes evaluation of child welfare programs and the use of research evidence for decision making within both public and social sector contexts. A strong background in social policy research and evaluation is essential; experience with child welfare policy and practice is strongly preferred. Although Chapin Hall is located in Chicago, relocation is not required.
The position will report directly to Fred Wulczyn, Senior Research Fellow.
The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:
Take a leadership role in research design, development of research questions and objectives, sampling methods, and data collection procedures to achieve study objectives.
Develop Institutional Review Board submissions.
Manage large administrative datasets.
Serve as a liaison for stakeholders participating in studies.
Conduct analyses of qualitative and quantitative data.
Conduct educational and training programs designed to promote research evidence use by staff of public and private child welfare agencies.
Write research reports and journal articles.
Collaborate on proposal development and reporting to funders.
Represent Chapin Hall and its research agenda with key stakeholders.
Performs additional duties as assigned
Education A doctoral degree in social work, public policy, education, public health, sociology, or another relevant field plus a minimum of five years of experience leading the design and implementation of research studies is strongly preferred OR a master’s degree plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant, post-degree experience is required.
Experience & Other Qualifications
Strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the ability to develop data collection protocols.
Evidence of an emerging portfolio of research in a closely related area.
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively manage key stakeholder relationships.
Strong communications skills, with the ability to translate and convey complex concepts and study findings in oral and written communications.
Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks.
Problem-solving and analytic skills.
Demonstrated capacity for working in a collaborative research environment.
Prior experience supervising junior staff.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information.
Ability to travel locally and nationally.
Advanced knowledge of analytic software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA.; knowledge of SAS is strongly preferred. Knowledge of Atlas.ti or NVivo is desirable.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.
Must be able to travel locally and nationally.
Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago positions.
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Formal expressions of interest are accepted online only. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.
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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.