Position Overview The Research and Evaluation Supervisor (Researcher 6, 9742R6) is a 100% FTE University employee positioned in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the School of Social Work. CASCW has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) in a joint project to co-create and operate the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). The Research and Evaluation Supervisor serves as a critical member of the integrated teams of DHS and the University. This position is responsible for all evaluation: curriculum delivery/activities, learner knowledge/skill acquisition, and trainers, related to the Academy. This position also oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of a statewide credentialing program while also publishing research findings to advance generalizable knowledge within the field of child welfare. The Research and Evaluation Supervisor will provide support in the establishment and ongoing operations of the new Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy.
This position be located off campus at the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy, which is two miles north of the St. Paul Campus.
Evaluation Design and Implementation (75%)
Develop a credentialing program for frontline Child Welfare professionals and supervisors, to also be used within the Training Academy.
Provide evaluation relating to all aspects of the Academy: curriculum delivery/activities, learner knowledge/skill acquisition, and trainers.
Develop research protocol documentation.
Assess, troubleshoot, and report problems with data collection or other research processes.
Evaluate compliance to protocol and systematically/continuously evaluate responses to interventions and expected outcomes.
Manage site and subject recruitment and participation in research protocols.
Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the research process by leading discussions and participating as an active member of the research team.
Produce research publications or presentations of research and evaluation data with the Academy team to investigation partners, 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, on topics including but not limited the child welfare workforce, professional well-being, child welfare training and professional development.
Report on Academy activities via monthly and annual reports. Reports will be designed and distributed for both internal and external stakeholders, parent organization, and legislators.
Publish research findings pertaining to the child welfare workforce and child welfare training and credentialing, in accordance with University expectations for data sharing and developing knowledge.
Administration and Supervision (15%)
Provide regular supervision and development to two research staff and two Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs).
Assess qualifications of candidates and hire staff to perform job duties to achieve Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy goals.
Lead efforts to develop a diverse, inclusive, and equity-focused work team.
Maintain a safe, positive, productive, and collegial work environment respectful of cultural and difference.
Participate in administrative activities and strategy meetings, as a part of the leadership team within the Academy.
Onboard, train, schedule, mentor, and direct research staff and GRAs in protocols and various research duties to develop supportive research and evaluation skills.
Manage problem solving in areas of research and evaluation including complex stakeholder engagement, difficult operationalization of variables across organizations etc.
Advanced degree in social work, public health, education, or related social science discipline
Substantial research and publication record
Demonstrated project development and project management skills
Demonstrated history of providing supervision to other researchers
Strong verbal and written communication skills – both technical and scholarly
Robust qualitative and quantitative analysis skills
Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into reports and presentations accessible by frontline practitioners and educators
Established commitment to diversity and cross-cultural communication
One or more years of research training
Experience using methodologies specific to training evaluation measures
Experience working with professional credentialing program(s)
Advanced knowledge of and experience working with statistical computing software (SPSS, R, or STATA)
Child welfare expertise
Understanding of state/tribal social services
Internal Number: 337528
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.