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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced individual to join our Implementation Collaborative team. The Implementation Collaborative team consists of national public and private child welfare experts dedicated to collaborating with child welfare agency leadership to integrate the best available evidence into system transformation strategies designed to achieve agency goals and create positive change and improved outcomes for vulnerable children and families. The team works across five interconnected domains of capacity building and systems change, including: data analytics and evidence use; child welfare agency leadership, governance and strategy; practice and implementation; policy and fiscal alignment; and continuous quality improvement in multiple jurisdictions across the country.
The Associate Policy Analyst’s main contributions are anticipated to include supporting Chapin Hall’s body of work around child welfare system transformation with an emphasis on development and/or implementation of practice models, functional assessments, and evidence-based practices, as well as macro level system assessment, strategic planning, readiness for transformation and implementation of key organizational strategies.
In addition, the individual will support projects and activities that span the Implementation Collaborative’s five domains of capacity building and systems change noted above, as well as contribute to Chapin Hall’s growing work focused on preparing child welfare jurisdictions for the implementation of the federal Family First Prevention and Services Act. The individual will conduct thorough and critical reviews and translation of relevant literature to inform child welfare leaders and policy decision makers; develop briefs, memos, tools, reports, plans, surveys, presentations, and other project-related resources and deliverables; provide capacity building and technical support to jurisdictional partners; provide substantive support to Chapin Hall Policy Fellows and Senior Policy Analysts in the management of site projects; engage in project coordination and management activities as needed; and contribute to presentation development and other dissemination activities.
The position will report directly to a Chapin Hall Policy Fellow or Senior Policy Analyst.
The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:
Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature and synthesizes findings.
Develops briefs, memos, reports, tools, surveys instruments and item guides, implementation plans, presentations and other products for internal and external audiences.
Responds timely and thoughtfully to jurisdictional partners and Chapin Hall leadership in the execution of the scope of work for each project.
Manages competing priorities and requests from multiple team members and client partners and prioritizes appropriately.
Works collegially and collaboratively with colleagues across policy, research, and administration to share information, responsibility and resources.
Has strong writing and presentation development skills with an emphasis on plain language and evidence translation.
Creates and maintains Share Point sites, project work plans, and other project management tools.
Coordinate administrative functions and logistics of project-related meetings with key external partners, funding and policy stakeholders.
Develops meeting materials including results based agendas, synthesizes meeting proceedings and action items, integrates meeting planning and outputs with overarching project plans and work plans, tracks completion of action items.
Develops and refines PowerPoint presentations and other presentation materials, talking points and handouts.
Manages project communications occurring on digital platforms (websites, social media)
Master’s degree in sociology, social work, public policy, psychology or another relevant field OR a relevant bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five years of relevant experience required.
Experience and Other Qualifications
Demonstrated experience with Share Point, all Microsoft Office tools, survey tools such as Redcap, as well as other project management tools.
Experience working with and supporting large teams.
Experience coordinating and contributing to multiple projects simultaneously.
Experience facilitating large group electronic meetings with remote staff and clients.
Subject matter expertise in child welfare practice and policy; implementation science; and/or project management strongly preferred.
Strong attention to detail with good organization skills required to include report writing, presentation development, project management.
Ability to translate and convey research findings and complex concepts in oral and written communications required.
Ability to use data and evidence to inform decision making.
Demonstrated capacity to work in a collaborative policy or research environment required.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks required.
Ability to ask for guidance and assistance when prioritizing.
Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information required.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.
Must be able to travel locally and out of state occasionally.
Formal expressions of interest are accepted online only. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.
Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete the application process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157, or by sending an email to [email protected].
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.