The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university is built upon a strong interdisciplinary research culture that encourages collaboration across colleges.
The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) has functioned as an independent service center within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati since 1996. UCESC provides research, evaluation, assessment, and consulting services to equip clients and partners to make data-informed decisions for accountability, continuous quality improvement, program planning, and program and policy development. UCESC employs a collaborative model and has provided comprehensive services to schools and school districts, higher education, professional development providers, community partners, and health-related and social service organizations.
The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) is seeking a Research Associate to join our evaluation and applied research team. The Research Associate will assist in the development, coordination and execution of applied research as well as program and policy evaluations in education, human services, public health, and other related fields.
The Research Associate will participate in social, behavioral and health evaluation and research projects, including proposal development, project oversight, database management, primary and secondary data collection and analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), and report writing. The Research Associate will lead and collaborate on proposals; provide research, program and policy evaluation expertise to university faculty and staff as well as local, regional, state, and federal organizations; and conduct all aspects of studies (e.g., idea generation, instrument development, research design, data analysis, report and publication writing, and presentations).The Research Associate will participate as a member of applied research and evaluation project teams, actively promote and contribute to the Center's continuous improvement, and contribute to the initiation of business development, including proposal writing. Responsibilities will also include supporting graduate assistants and junior employees in growth and development for project work (as needed).
Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise in quantitative data analysis (e.g., higher level statistical modeling), data visualization, research methods including study design, and proposal development.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate must have the ability and working knowledge to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. UCESC works with a variety of partners at the University and across the region and state and is focused on growing our footprint within the University, region, and state as an expert in evaluation and applied research. As such, the responsibilities of a Research Associate will include conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of educational, human services, and health-related programs including local, state-wide, regional, and national programs. Familiarity with implementation science, strong data management skills (e.g., data cleaning protocols, manuals, codebooks), and ability to communicate findings to a wide range of stakeholders are essential.
Specific responsibilities will include the following: participation in research and evaluation design; participation in data collection and cleaning; data analysis activities; creation of reports, manuscripts, presentations, and/or other deliverables; and formulation of recommendations for improving program effectiveness. The Research Associate will actively engage with research partners from a variety of academic disciplines, non-profit organizations and governmental entities to conduct local, state, and federal projects and studies.
Knowledge and Skills
Ability to communicate with persons possessing a wide range of data expertise;
Ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects;
Ability to work independently and be flexible to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment;
Thrives in a team environment and values personal growth;
Able to contribute to the initiation of business development and proposal writing;
Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
Experience with statistical analysis and statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R) and data management software;
Experience with academic and technical writing in applied and academic contexts;
Strong Microsoft Word skills, excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Bachelor's degree in statistics, public administration, health sciences, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, history, or a related field at time of appointment.
Earned doctoral or masters degree in statistics, data sciences, demography, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, history, information system or a related field at time of appointment; experience and education must be in a related field;
One (1) year supervisory of research methods, biostatistics, information science, or a related field;
Two (2) years demonstrated experience in project management;
Two (2) years demonstrated experience in conducting program evaluation, measurement, or assessment;
Demonstrated ability to analyze small to large datasets; and
Proficiency with either (1) geographic information (GIS) software or (2) interactive data visualization software.
Based on the nature of this position and the available funding for this position, the university is unable to provide sponsorship for work visas.
NOTE: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please use the following link: http://www.uc.edu/hr/benefits.html for more information about the university's benefits plans, benefits summaries, as well as information about employee discounts, professional training, and much more.
Please visit our website to complete the online application. The following are required to be attached / included:
Cover letter. Please describe reason for interest in the position.
CV or resume. Include employment dates, and full or part-time status.
Professional references. Three professional references, one of them of a current or former supervisor. Include names, business title, and contact information.
Writing Sample. All submitted samples will be held in confidence.
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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 / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.
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About University of Cincinnati
HISTORY IN BRIEF - The University of Cincinnati is a public urban serving research institution that was founded in 1819 and today is one of the country’s largest universities offering more than 350 academic programs to more than 44,000 students. UC has many top ranked programs in areas such as Music and Arts, Medical and Human-Services, Criminal Justice and more. Located in an urban setting, UC is close to the heart of Cincinnati and allows easy access for students to enjoy all that the city offers. UC is also the alma mater of many notables such as President William Howard Taft; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Mary Weinberg, 2008 Olympic gold medalist. UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and is ranked as one of America’s top 35 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC jumped 17 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the past two years alone. In addition to being named a “green university” by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at www.uc.edu.MISSIO...N STATEMENT - The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish. Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.