The Department of Family Social Science in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota is seeking a 50-75% time Researcher 5. This position will serve as the research specialist for all research projects related to the work of the REACH Lab including the USDA Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Professional Development Technical Assistance center, ongoing research related to youth development, and financial management. Responsibilities of the research specialist include research and evaluation designs, survey development and administration, data collection, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, report writing, and providing technical assistance to all projects. The research specialist will also assist with reviewing and synthesizing educational literature that is needed for projects housed within the lab. The position will involve some travel (conferences) which may include overnights and weekends.
This position is housed within the Research and Outreach (REACH) Lab. The REACH lab is under the direction of Dr. Lynne Borden, and focuses on utilizing research and outreach strategie to enhance the capacity of those that work with, and on the behalf of, children, youth, and families. Many of our projects address issues around youth development, early childhood education, deployment, and military families.
Under limited supervision, conduct research program evaluation activities for the research projects located within the REACH Lab. Collect and analyze data using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Assure the evaluation components of our grant projects are being met as required by grant RFA and funding requirements.
Oversee outcomes data through the collection of data
Develop additional capacity-building information, trainings, and resources.
Project Management (30%)
Assist in coordinating the work of REACH Lab in research studies including youth development and financial education.
Assist the PI, and other research staff, in coordinating the work on all grants within the Lab.
Generate related research reports, summaries, and presentations as required by various grant projects in the lab; including annual reports and evaluation reports.
Technical Assistance (20%)
Provide technical assistance to all projects
MA/MS degree in evaluation studies, family studies, psychology, public health, sociology, or related field
Two or more years of research training
Demonstrated strong writing and analytical skills
Ph.D. in evaluation studies, family studies, psychology, sociology, or related field
Experience evaluating grant-funded projects
Experience contributing to a research team
Demonstrated experience in managing multiple complex projects
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to work well with diverse populations
Minimum of two years working in program evaluation and research
Internal Number: 336318
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