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Assistant Researcher

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Job Details
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Company Name
University of Kansas
Physical Address
1450 Jayhawk Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Job Description


Achievement & Assessment Inst


University of Kansas – Lawrence



Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Position Overview

The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) seeks a full-time Assistant Researcher to conduct program evaluation and data management for small and large-scale initiatives. CPPR specializes in research and evaluation, data science projects, and social innovation work that supports our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR primarily pursues its mission by assisting partners, including state-level and community based organizations, in their work to secure funding, bring key stakeholders to the table, orchestrate large-scale data efforts, and conduct research, cost analysis, and evaluation. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about impacting social change for good. The person in this position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by conducting evaluations of new or existing programs. The successful applicant should have prior experience working with community stakeholders, collecting, managing, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data, and sharing findings with partners outside of the academic community. The applicant should also be able to facilitate continuous quality improvement (CQI), actively troubleshoot problems that may arise, and quickly develop and implement solutions. Experience working on issues related to maternal, child, youth, and family health and wellbeing is helpful. This position is contingent upon funding.
Job Description

45% – Data Collection and Analysis

  • Work with programs to collect reporting and outcomes data
  • Assist with developing program surveys
  • Assist with observation and interviews for program participants, program staff, and other stakeholders
  • Code qualitative data
  • Perform data entry, data cleaning, and data management in preparation for analysis
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative data synthesis and analysis
  • Assist with report writing
  • Assist with preparing charts, tables, graphs, or written summaries of data output

45%- Program support and technical assistance

  • Prepare briefs for program staff
  • Draft presentations on research and data collection
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Assist with preparing training and professional development materials
  • Provide technical support around data collection
  • Manage and maintain accurate program records

10%- Other duties

  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience collecting data in the field or in a research lab as demonstrated by previous work or education experience.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and English proficiency as evidenced by application materials.
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience working independently as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • 1 year experience using statistical analysis software, such as SPSS or SAS
  • Previous experience in conducting interviews for research purposes
  • Previous experience working in a team environment

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins July 31, 2019, and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified. For best consideration, please apply by the initial review date.
Contact Information to Applicants

Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $40,000
Application Review Begins

Anticipated Start Date


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