The School of Social Work is seeking a Researcher in Youth Studies and Youth Development. Applicants need to have a record of research and peer-reviewed publications, along with strong potential for scholarship and obtaining external funding specifically in the areas of Youth Studies and Youth Development, with an emphasis on a transdisciplinary understanding of young people (grounded in the fields of social work, cultural anthropology, phenomenology, critical education, community psychology, or others). This position will work in support of the research agenda of Associate Professor Ross VeLure Roholt to advance work on a variety of partnerships, including those with: YouthBank and YouthBank International, Roots for the Home Team, and 21st Century Academy. Potential applicants should have experience and history collaborating with these types of organizations.
Additionally, applicants should have demonstrated experience facilitating youth-led, participatory evaluations and training to support youth leadership development and the development of youth work professionals. This must include facilitation of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. They should have a history of teaching in the Youth Studies program (or a strongly related correlate), as well as other programs designed to support the leadership of professionals in the field of Youth Work.
Research and Evaluation Design, Implementation and Dissemination (65%)
Prepare research plans for submission to the IRB for approval and update IRB protocols as needed.
Develop research protocol documentation.
Assess, troubleshoot, and report problems with data collection or other research processes.
Evaluate compliance to protocol and systematically and continuously evaluate responses to interventions and expected outcomes.
Manage site and subject recruitment and participation in research protocol
Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the research process by offering suggestions and participating as an active member of the research team.
Produce research publications or presentations of research data with the Center team to study investigators, community stakeholders, state agency personnel, and/or the academic community (e.g. conference presentations, community presentations, etc.) as appropriate.
Maintain accurate and complete study records, supplies, and equipment.
Maintain data security and confidentiality.
Contribute to developing high quality research-related deliverables including but not limited to research briefs, how-to guides on understanding scholarly research, all on topics including but not limited to co-occurring disorders, integration of mental health and primary care, and practitioner training needs.
Conduct Training and Consultation (20%)
Provide consultation services for a diverse population of researchers and key stakeholders
Design and present at workshops, conferences, and trainings in a range of relevant areas, including social work, youth work, evaluation, and participatory practice with communities
Coordinate with research team to develop community partnership, participatory training curriculum, and evaluation of training in the community.
Participate in team planning meetings, training development sessions, and advisory council meetings.
Resource Development and Project Management (15%)
Develop and/or collaborate on the development of grant proposals to fund youth studies and youth development projects.
Create and implement comprehensive timelines, project plans, and identify resources to manage and meet grant deadlines.
Identify and engage in grant writing initiatives.
Participation in development of manuscripts associated with research projects.
Masters or Doctoral degree in social work, cultural anthropology, phenomenology, critical education, community psychology, or similar discipline
Documented experience in research, measurement and evaluation, including conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis
Evidence of research productivity in the form of research proposal development, research papers, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations
Demonstrated experience in facilitating youth-led, participatory evaluations and training to support youth leadership development and the development of youth work professionals
Demonstrated ability to work independently, make decisions, problem solve and prioritize the simultaneous management of multiple research studies
Experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel), Google Applications (Email, Calendar, Drive) and web-based systems for tracking activities
Experience with data management
Strong organizational and communication skills (both written and verbal)
Experience teaching and/or mentoring people with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences (e.g., Indigenous students, first-generation, immigrant, refugee, students of color, older adults, LGBTQIA students, and students with disabilities)
Strong potential for scholarship and obtaining external funding specifically in the areas of Youth Studies and Youth Development
Demonstrated commitment to advancing the scholarly area of youth studies and youth development
Experience with electronic data collection methods
Internal Number: 334991
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