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The Center for Women’s Welfare (Center) at the UW School of Social Work is devoted to furthering the goal of economic justice for women and their families, researching questions involving poverty measures, public policy and programs that address income inadequacy. We partner with local and state governments, as well as a range of nonprofit women’s, children’s, and community-based organizations across the country to calculate and update the Self-Sufficiency Standard (Standard), as well as conduct demographic studies that build on the Standard. The Center’s research tools are ultimately used to increase minimum wage laws, and strengthen public investment in programs that benefit low-income women, children, and families.
The UW School of Social Work and the Center for Women's Welfare have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator.
The Research Coordinator will lead in the development and application of the Self-Sufficiency Standard, researching, writing reports, and acting as organizational liaison with community and state groups across the country. This is an exciting opportunity that combines research and applied work.
RESPONSIBILITIES Research and Development: •Conduct and oversee research, through Internet and literature searches, and summarize information on various elements of the cost of living (housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes), minimum and living wages, cost of living and poverty measures, public assistance programs and requirements, poverty and income, child care subsidies etc. •Manage the collection, input, and analysis of data, using MS Excel, Google Sheets, Tableau and SPSS. This involves originating new research methods and models to analyze large amounts of complex data from a variety of data sources. Download and use Census data, and other datasets, to conduct analysis with the Standard. •Oversee report production: Draft and edit text; prepare charts, maps, and other graphics using Excel, Tableau, and Adobe Illustrator to present data in a visually appealing and accessible way; and format reports for publication in Adobe InDesign for print and web. •Package final deliverables for research sponsors including generating print and web PDFs, exporting images to JPG for social media and presentations, uploading and sharing files •Develop and refine research protocols, including updating and maintaining the project research manual. •Respond to inquiries regarding Self-Sufficiency Standard data and methodology. •Responsible for training, supervising, and evaluating research staff, as well as practicum students and work-study students
Project Management: •Oversee staff workload and projects. •Project planning: make decisions and set priorities within broad guidelines from the Director. •Assign project teams, tasks, and monitor project timelines; review and approve the majority of the work; provide training on methods and procedures; and general organization of research activities within the Center for Women’s Welfare. •Prepare and submit status reports to project sponsors. •Develop, assist, and review research proposals. Research and pursue additional grant and foundation support opportunities for the Self-Sufficiency Standard. •Other duties as assigned.
Marketing and Community Outreach: •Market the Self-Sufficiency Standard and the Center for Women’s Welfare to prospective state-level partner organizations. This includes research and targeting potential state-level partners, as well as, the creation of materials such as handouts, brochures, and content for Center for Women’s Welfare website. •Manage the Center’s website and social media presence. •Design PowerPoints, handouts, and other presentation materials. •Act as liaison for communications and maintain positive relationships with project sponsors and interested parties, including presenting for press releases, staff trainings, and other partner events. •Attend relevant local meetings on poverty and inequality and present findings of research projects to groups, conferences, and at professional meetings to promote the ongoing and expanding uses and applications of the Standard.
QUALIFICATIONS Required: •Master’s Degree in a relevant academic field, such as Sociology, Social Work, Statistics, Demography, Economics, Public Affairs, Women’s Studies, Political Science, Geography, Public Health, Psychology, or Anthropology. •Minimum of one year of direct research experience. •Minimum of one year of management experience. •High proficiency in Excel, including pivot tables and VBA scripts, and understanding of mathematical equations and statistics. •Ability to work collaboratively with others as member of the research team. •Ability to successfully manage projects that require attention to detail and multiple tasks. •Ability to work independently and responsibly, with a high level of integrity, and a commitment to ensuring that research data and analysis is correct (i.e. compulsive about making sure numbers are correct and willingness to double-check all work). •Demonstrated writing skills.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Desired: •Experience with Drupal, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Tableau, and SPSS (or related statistical software such as R or STATA). •Experience and interest in poverty measurement, income adequacy, and issues facing low-income women, children, and families. •Experience with grant writing.
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