Professional Research Assistant (PRA) or Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Aurora, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime

Professional Research Assistant (PRA) or Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA) - 24947 
Research Faculty 






Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Community Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Group


Professional Research Assistant (PRA) or

Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA)


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Nature of Work

The Community Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Group (CEPEG) in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) has openings for two full-time positions; one at the rank of Professional Research Assistant (PRA) – Evaluator and one at the rank of Senior Professional Research Assistant (Sr. PRA) – Lead Evaluator and. The unique position descriptions, examples of work, minimum and preferred qualifications and salary ranges for each position are described in this posting. 

The PRA - Evaluator will assist with designing and conducting evaluation and research studies, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and data analysis and dissemination.

The Sr. PRA - Lead Evaluator is responsible for designing and conducting program evaluations and related research, and disseminating findings, for two large-scale projects that assess Colorado's portfolio of tobacco control and chronic disease grants programs.

Successful candidates will collaborate on projects that assess health disparities in direct services programs; examine policy impact at local, regional and state-wide levels; evaluate innovative pilot programs to address tobacco and chronic disease prevention and control; and lead community and grass-roots collaborations to enhance program reach and quality improvement, especially for initiatives targeting priority populations.

The Community Epidemiology & Program Evaluation Group (CEPEG) at the Colorado School of Public Health conducts research and evaluation to improve the health of populations and advance health equity. The Group’s areas of expertise include qualitative and quantitative research methods, health program design and implementation, program and policy evaluation, evaluation technical assistance and training, program sustainability assessment, and survey research.

The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by CU Denver, CSU and UNC, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

The ColoradoSPH strives to promote diversity and equity and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  We are committed to enhancing diversity among our faculty and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school.

CU Anschutz has many opportunities for collaboration across the health sciences, with multidisciplinary centers for prevention research, Latino research and policy, cancer, outcomes research, and American Indian/Alaska Native health, among others. CU Anschutz is located in Aurora, Colorado, a community that is racially/ethnically and socio-economically diverse. 


Supervision Received

The positions will report to Sara Cooper, PHD, CEPEG Director.


Supervision Exercised



Examples of Work Performed
  • Collect qualitative data using structured protocols, key informant interviews, focus groups, participant observation and other techniques.
  • Code and analyze qualitative data to identify pertinent themes and patterns in response to research questions.
  • Produce quantitative descriptive statistics of primary and secondary data and interpret results.
  • Draft reports.
  • Conduct literature reviews, synthesize and apply knowledge (e.g., for survey instrument development).
  • Coordinate logistics of primary data collection for surveys and qualitative projects.
  • Serve as an evaluation liaison to assigned client groups (involves attending meetings, participating in conference calls, documenting calls and meetings).
  • Support other projects and perform other duties, as assigned.

Sr. PRAs will also be able to:

  • Design and implement robust research and evaluation strategies for community-based tobacco, policy, education and cessation programs, and chronic disease programs and policy initiatives
  • Identify appropriate data collection methods and develop surveys, qualitative instruments or other tools to support research and evaluation efforts
  • Develop and conduct secondary-analyses that support tobacco control and chronic disease program planning, evaluation, and advancement of the field.
  • Identify innovative evaluation models or frameworks to better assess program impact especially policy efforts, built environment and Health Eating Active Living (HEAL) activities.
  • Work closely with community-based organizations to build responsive data collection tools measuring advocacy and health communication impact, program feasibility and sustainability, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Use data visualization to enhance communication and data sharing with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Write technical/ scientific reports and assist in the development of manuscripts and abstracts for publication in research journals and presentation at local, regional and national conferences.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation.
  • Experience using qualitative and quantitative analytic programs.
  • Knowledge of survey design, administration and analysis.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a dynamic team.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills; ability to tailor written, visual and verbal presentations to specific audiences.
  • Ability to develop task lists and timelines in response to established deadlines, and prioritize and execute tasks under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines and personal experiences.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Sr. PRAs should also be able to:

  • Lead program evaluations, qualitative, and quantitative research projects.
  • Work with state and local public health agencies and community organizations to conduct collaborative, multi-institution/multi-organization projects or programs.
  • Plan and lead qualitative and quantitative data analyses.
  • Understand abstract ideas and requirements and reduce them to practical implementation plans.
  • Work independently and productively in a research environment with little supervision.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative, supportive relationships with project participants.


Salary and Benefits

The salary range has been established at

  • $55,000 to $63,000 for the position of PRA
  • $64,000 to $87,000 for the position of Sr. PRA.

The salaries of the finalist(s) selected for these roles will be based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, rank, internal equity, experience, education, and area of expertise. The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at .

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence

The ColoradoSPH aims to build a diverse and representative academic community that recognizes the importance of social, economic, health, and environmental justice. We strive to promote equity, diversity, and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  As a tri-campus partnership, ColoradoSPH stands with academic, practice, and community partners nationwide to condemn racism, injustice, and inequity.

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The University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • For a position at the rank of PRA: Bachelor’s Degree.
  • For a position at the rank of Sr. PRA: MPH, MSPH degree or other Master’s degree.
  • At least two years of experience applying quantitative and qualitative research and/or evaluation techniques.

Minimum Qualifications must be met at the time of hire.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative evaluation and research studies.
  • Experience with survey and population-level surveillance research.
  • Proficiency in SAS, SPSS, STATA or other quantitative analytic software.
  • Proficiency in at least one qualitative analytic program (e.g., nVivo, AtlasTI, NUD*IST).
  • Proficiency in MS-Office software, spreadsheets, database use.
  • Demonstrated professional report writing experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants Must Include: 1. A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three to five professional references in a separate document. Questions should be directed to    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: A review of the application material will begin on March 14, 2022, and continue until position is filled. Applicants must apply online at Please do not submit any of your application material via email to the job posting contact.   
Job Category
: Faculty 
Primary Location
: Aurora 
Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 21424 - CSPH-CBH General Ops 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: Feb 25, 2022 
Unposting Date
: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Abigail Harris 
Posting Contact Email: 
Position Number: 00794625
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