Child Welfare Research Assistant or Specialist - (190000B8)
The University of Maryland School of Social Work, Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children is currently recruiting for highly skilled individuals to facilitate child welfare research projects.
Currently, we have an opening for one full-time Child Welfare Research position. This position will be responsible for providing research support to current project staff and is required to have child welfare experience to participate fully and competently in current child welfare research projects. This position will be filled at either the Research Assistant or Research Specialist levels depending on the chosen candidate's qualifications.
The Child Welfare Research Assistant/Specialist will be asked to participate in many research and evaluation related activities including: conducting surveys, focus groups, and/or interviews; traveling to local department of social services to conduct on-site case reviews; attending meetings with stakeholders; conducting descriptive analyses; generating tables and statistical reports; writing interim and final reports; At the research specialist level the position will supervise research assistants; and assist with grant development and grant applications.
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and observed holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Essential Functions (may vary by position level):
Perform and direct studies and/or project(s). Develop, recommend, modify and implement policies and procedures and/or methods for child welfare research. Develop protocol manuals and data collection instruments.
Participate in the design of research studies.
Recruit and screen subjects for research studies. Obtain consent and enrollment. Monitor interviews and procure equipment and supplies as necessary.
Conduct Children and Family Services Review (CFSR) on-site case reviews.
Develop and evaluate evidence-based Kinship Navigator program model.
Perform research activities including data collection, data entry, data verification, data analysis and interpretation, compliance and relevance of data.
Establish and maintain database files and reports on progress of programs, studies, and/or projects.
Conduct library research and contribute to the preparation and writing of research findings for publication of journal articles and grant proposals.
Perform administrative duties such as conducting training for peer review staff and providing guidance to research participants.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education : Bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or field of study related to social work research. Master's degree is preferred.
Child welfare/social work related practice or research experience is preferred.
Education: Bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or field of study related to social work research. Master's degree is preferred.
Experience: Three (3) years of research experience including two (2) years in child welfare/social work-related practice or research.
Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience for both levels.
May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of child maltreatment and child welfare systems.
Ability to understand and utilize social science terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications.
Ability to take a lead role in performing and directing various advanced, routine, and project maintenance procedures.
Ability to perform independent projects and to serve as a consultant in area of technical specialty.
Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgments.
Skill in statistical programming, interpretation and data analysis using statistical software as well as spreadsheet and database software applications.
Ability to apply knowledge of scientific theory and computer capability to design and recommend changes to methods for research.
Ability to network with, and present information to key groups and individuals.
Ability to conduct library research and participate in the preparation of journal articles.
Excellent organizational and project management skills.
Ability to work as part of a team and interact with others from diverse backgrounds.
Hiring Range: Low- to mid-$40,000s for the Research Assistant; between $56,000 and $60,000 for the Research Specialist. Salary is commensurate with selected candidate's education and experience.
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E3304E
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: School of Social Work - Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children
Job Posting: Mar 12, 2019
Unposting Date: Apr 3, 2019, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 117461
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.