Research Associate, UC Systems Development & Improvement Center, (Columbus, OH), Hybrid

Updated: 26 days ago
Location: Cincinnati, OHIO

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You are invited to submit an application to be considered for a position with more than one opening. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department.


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

About the CECH Systems Development and Improvement Center

The CECH Systems Development & Improvement (SDI) Center in Columbus, Ohio fosters the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth, their families, and the professionals who support them. At the core of many Center activities is a commitment to advocacy on behalf of all children, as well as partnerships - with school districts, with professional associations, with institutions of higher education, with regional providers, with the state - that improve conditions and outcomes for students with disabilities and other marginalized groups of learners (e.g., learners who are economically disadvantaged, learners at risk of school failure for a variety of reasons, etc.).


Special emphases include supporting:

  • systems improvement activities that result in increased equity and improved capacity to meet the educational needs of all learners;
  • technical assistance and dissemination activities - particularly in the area of low incidence sensory disabilities - that respond to and address local, regional, statewide, and national priorities;
  • personnel preparation and continuous learning activities that improve professional capacity to meet effectively a wider range of student instructional and educational needs;
  • program evaluation activities designed to support program improvement and effectiveness; and (5) other innovative efforts, consistent with the priorities of the Center and of CECH, customized based on client need and request.

Job Overview

The SDI Center in Columbus, Ohio is seeking to hire up to three Research Associates. As a Research Associate with the center, you will help conduct research work in a particular discipline aligned with Center focus areas in PK20 education. Each Research Associate will support knowledge development in key areas (e.g., inclusive instructional leadership, evidence-based literacy instruction, advancing postsecondary options and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and learning difficulties, building capacity for districtwide continuous improvement through personnel development, etc.) and the application of knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practices by practitioners.


The Research Associate position has the potential for a hybrid work schedule in accordance with UC Policies. Funding for this position is based upon the availability of external funds. 

Essential Functions
  • Support the research agenda related to the mission of the Systems Development & Improvement Center to foster the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth, their families, and the professionals who support them;
  • Assist in designing and implementing grant projects, including obtaining funding to support and expand the Center’s research.
  • Assist with the coordination of educational research studies.
  • Support and lead (as assigned) significant aspects of a larger, complex project.
  • Make independent contributions to projects based on professional training or functional experience.
  • Contribute to the collective learning of regional, district, school, and teacher teams to improve learning outcomes for all children in key focus areas of the Center's work.
  • Solve problems using interdisciplinary research knowledge.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, interpret data, and assist in judging validity of data.
  • Assist in a writing a variety of professional documents (e.g., technical reports; grant proposals; meeting notes; annual reports).
  • Contribute to building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., school districts, regional providers, state officials), partners, consultants, and others to continually improve the quality, relevance, and usefulness of Center services and the effective implementation of approved project activities;
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

Master’s Degree required in an educational related field.

Required Experience
  • In-depth knowledge of educational research, particularly in literacy, TESOL, leadership, and/or partnerships with families and communities.
  • Experience in supporting adult learning through the provision of professional development and coaching.
  • Understanding of Ohio’s system of education, including the state’s improvement framework.
  • May require experience with specialized software programs. 

Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Doctoral degree in the field of education or related area.
  • Experience in district or school-level administrative positions.
  • Experience in developing proposals and obtaining funded projects in response to competitive requests for application/proposals.
  • Experience conducting program evaluation.
  • Experience with specialized software programs and the use of assistive technology.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Sitting - Continuously

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $75,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


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).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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