Research Associate III

Updated: over 1 year ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
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Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Research Associate III
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 201901013AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1-2
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000 - $60,000
Desired Start Date 01/01/2020
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/15/2019
Description of Work Unit

Throughout its history, the School of Social Work at Colorado State University has made a continuous effort to develop and maintain a program that is responsive to three distinct, but related, interests:
1. The profession of social work as represented by the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards
2. The human services agencies and clients in the state, the region, the nation, and the globe, and
3. The land-grant oriented mission and goals of Colorado State University

The vision of the School of Social Work is to advance social, environmental, and economic justice, promote equity and equality, alleviate oppression, and enhance human health and well-being across local and global community systems. The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide exemplary education, applied research, and transformative outreach toward the accomplishment of our vision.

The Social Work Research Center (SWRC) is a central part of the School of Social Work. The mission of SWRC is to create university-practice partnerships that bridge the gap between research and practice, transform the child well-being landscape, and strengthen families. Our portfolio includes research and evaluation in child maltreatment prevention, child well-being, youth development, juvenile justice, family functioning, human trafficking, behavioral health, social justice, health equity, and knowledge translation. Established in 2004, SWRC has advanced the child welfare field in Colorado in demonstrable ways, and is uniquely positioned to promote evidenced-based research, practice, and policy in the health and human services domains.

Position Summary

The Social Work Research Center in the School of Social Work at CSU ( seeks applicants for a position at the Research Associate III level. This position will be part of a team of researchers and evaluators completing applied research studies and program evaluations with culturally diverse communities in child maltreatment prevention, child well-being, youth development, and related fields for county, state, and federal agencies and community-based organizations. This position has a specific focus on advanced quantitative methods and project management for child welfare and prevention programming research and evaluation.

Required Job Qualifications

- Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Health, Public Policy, or other related Social Science field
– Minimum of 2 years of basic and advanced statistical approaches for social science research and evaluation experience (outside of coursework).
– Demonstrated ability to manage research/evaluation projects

Preferred Job Qualifications

- Strong written and organization skills
– Experience with providing presentations to a variety of stakeholders (e.g., academic audiences, community audiences, agency professional audiences)
– Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, administrative support staff, and external community/agency partners
– Demonstrated ability to work independently with support as needed for daily project activities
– Experience in data management, participant confidentiality, and security protocols
– Quantitative research training and experience with advanced statistical analysis, such as propensity score matching, power analysis, and mixed effect models, using R, Stata, SAS, or SPSS
– Applied quantitative research design experience with child welfare and child maltreatment prevention populations, including Randomized Controlled Trial, matched comparison groups, and other quasi-experimental approaches
– Understanding of data visualization and knowledge translation techniques
– Experience in project management processes and platforms (e.g., Smartsheet, Asana, Basecamp, etc.)
– Demonstrated knowledge of community-engaged research approaches
– Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant experience with, research and evaluation in culturally diverse communities and health equity
– Familiarity with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
– Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant experience with, external funding proposals

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Data Collection, Analysis, and Report Writing

Individually and collaboratively perform activities related to data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination (e.g., report writing, manuscript preparation, presentations) for a variety of evaluation and research projects involving culturally diverse communities and university practice partnerships.
Specific duties include:
– Data management of large data sets
– Data analysis using basic and advanced statistical techniques
– Conceptualization and development of quantitative approaches for a variety of evaluation and research studies within the SWRC portfolio
– Integrating FFPSA design requirements into eligible research/evaluation projects
– Interpretation of data results, as grounded in social work research and social science theories and methodologies
– Data visualization and knowledge translation
– Dissemination of project results, including through reports, manuscripts, presentations, and other outreach activities
– Attendance at project meetings, as needed
– Development of quantitative methods sections of external funding proposals
– Other duties as assigned

Percentage Of Time 75%
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management

Responsibility for all aspects of project management related to research and evaluation studies within the SWRC portfolio. Specific tasks include:
– Create and implement evaluation and project plans
– Develop timelines and assess project progression of evaluation plan and project goals
– Document timelines and project progression on SWRC project management systems (e.g., Smartsheet)
– Ensure consistent and timely progress is made on the project as it relates to the scope of work
– Engage clear communication with coordination of, and supervision of project team members and students/interns
– Participation in SWRC staff meetings and other center operations as assigned

Percentage Of Time 25%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit the following items directly to this posting: (1) a Resume or Curriculum Vitae; (2) a Cover Letter that addresses your training/education and experience as it relates to the qualifications and responsibilities for the position; and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. No emailed application materials will be considered,

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Courtney Everson -
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