Advocacy/Lobbying, Case Management/Social Services, Program Management
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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking a researcher to work with a team on various projects designed to translate research into policy and practice to provide public and private child-serving agencies with actionable information to guide decision making. Projects will focus on the analytic activities necessary to inform system planning and decision-making for the implementation of new initiatives, including the Family First Preventive Services Act (FFPSA). Project methods may vary but include literature reviews, analysis of administrative data, and review of documents, data systems, and other tools and materials.
The Researcher’s primary responsibilities include: acting as a liaison between project leads and local sites for the purpose of translating policy goals and questions into data analytic activities; serving as the project lead for more than one project at a time; facilitating meetings; developing and implementing data collection protocols; identifying appropriate analytic strategies; participating in research team discussions; and conducting analyses of quantitative and qualitative data. Other tasks include conducting reviews and analysis of relevant literature and documents, guiding analysts’ in analytic tasks, assisting with protocol development and IRB submissions, and writing sections of reports and helping produce other project deliverables.
The position will report directly to Dana Weiner, Policy Fellow.
The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:
Contributes to the intellectual and scientific development of research studies and data analytics including the development of study design and methods.
Serves as the primary liaison for stakeholders participating in studies, including leading site visits.
Translates research and analytic findings into actionable evidence and implications for system planning.
Conducts analyses of quantitative and qualitative data, and may direct research and/or policy staff in analytic tasks.
Writes sections of research results.
Develops and delivers presentations of findings to diverse audiences.
Assists with Institutional Review Board submissions.
Represents Chapin Hall and its research agenda and establishes important stakeholder relationships, especially with partner agencies.
Performs additional duties as assigned
A doctoral degree in public policy, education, public health, sociology or another relevant field OR a master’s degree plus a minimum of five years of relevant, post-degree experience required.
Experience & Other Qualifications
A minimum of three years’ experience with program evaluation, policy analysis, or evaluation work that cuts across or is at the intersection of multiple social service systems required.
Experience conducting analyses of quantitative and qualitative data and systematic reviews of existing literature are required.
Strong knowledge of quantitative approaches to data analysis, including predictive modeling and latent class analysis.
Knowledge of qualitative research methods, including the ability to develop data collection protocols required and conduct systematic reviews of literature.
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively manage key stakeholder relationships required.
Strong communications skills with the ability to translate and convey complex concepts and study findings in oral and written communications required.
Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks required.
Problem-solving and analytic skills required.
Demonstrated capacity for working in a collaborative research environment required.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.
Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information required.
Working knowledge of R, Stata, Atlas-ti, NVIVO, or other data analytic software preferred.
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.
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.
Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete the application process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
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.