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The Center for Community Health and Development is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) Associate Researcher to support the development and implementation of research and evaluation projects supporting community-engaged scholarship, particularly in the area of community youth development and prevention. We seek a scholar with experience and interest in promoting positive youth development, adolescent substance abuse prevention, and/or violence prevention, particularly with racial and ethnic populations and communities. The successful candidate must demonstrate experience in community-engaged scholarship, community-based participatory research and evaluation, mixed methods research, and project administration. The KU Center for Community Health and Development provides a supportive working environment, competitive benefits, and the opportunity to work with a committed team and community partners.
The Associate Researcher will work in a team setting with latitude, acting as a liaison with partners, coordinating and supporting evaluation services, training, and technical support for community health and development initiatives. It is intended that the Associate Researcher serve as a co-PI or PI on research projects, although this person will also collaborate with others in the Center on projects they lead. Responsibilities will include:
•Contribute to a leadership team to develop, design, and conduct one more large research initiatives,
•Consult with others to develop, refine, or adapt methodologies,
•Coordinate data collection and quality assurance of the data,
•Supervise and train students and staff
•Train and provide technical support to the research team and community partners as needed,
•Identify and troubleshoot problems, and
•Prepare studies, scientific materials, including contributing to grant development and publications.
The successful applicant will implement research methodology, conduct data analysis, and interpret results, co-author or author reports and publications, co-present or present results in professional and community settings, and supervise students and/or other staff.
The successful applicant for this position will:
30% Research and evaluation – Develop, support, and implement research, evaluation and capacity-building projects with community initiatives supporting youth development, adolescent substance abuse prevention and violence prevention efforts. Independently lead and manage evaluation projects. Support and lead the development and implementation of research plans, methods, and reports. Prepare research and evaluation reports and other technical reports/publications. Present findings from technical reports to community and professional audiences to ensure the dissemination of research for diverse stakeholders and audiences. Develop and disseminate research through both peer-reviewed publications and community-informed products/reports.
20% Leadership in implementation of projects and securing funding - Assume a leadership role in developing and maintaining project efforts. Lead and assure the development and maintenance of community partnerships. Coordinate and lead meetings and communications with project partners. Monitor progress and assure attainment of grant/contract responsibilities. Support and prepare grant proposals through literature reviews, proposal development and writing, and other tasks, as needed.
20% Supervise and train students- Supervise and train both undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged approaches for supporting research and involvement in community settings, including through community leadership, community-engaged research, and community health and development competency areas.
20% Consultation and capacity-building support - Provide consultation and capacity-building support to community partners in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based prevention approaches. Support evaluation/research partners in understanding and using data for quality improvement. Oversee and implement data collection, quality assurance, and data analysis through the review of data, secondary coding, documentation feedback, and supportive contact to users of the Community Check Box Evaluation System (ODSS). Provide innovative and constructive feedback to senior staff and clients to improve project functioning in research/evaluation and/or capacity-building activities.
10% Community-engagement evaluation and capacity-building technical support- Provide research/evaluation and/or capacity-building supports to community and campus partners through evaluation, training, and technical support. Conduct research and evaluation studies to examine the impact of collective community engagement efforts supported through community and campus collaboration. Provide training and technical supports for conducting and evaluating community-engaged learning and research with campus and community partners.
Salary Range $50,000 - $70,000 Annually
1.A doctorate or highest professional degree (including JD, MD, or international equivalents) in behavioral psychology, community psychology, educational psychology, prevention science, public health, community health and development, or another closely related field in behavioral and social sciences.
2.At least three years of experience working with culturally diverse populations and communities as evidenced by application materials.
3.At least three years experience in project management, including coordinating project activities, managing multiple priorities, and supervising students and/or staff as evidenced by application materials.
4.At least three years experience conducting community-based participatory research or evaluation approaches to support community-engaged scholarship, including using mixed methods research as evidenced by application materials.
5.Excellent written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by the quality of the application materials.
1.At least one year experience using the Community Check Box Evaluation System to support participatory evaluation efforts with community partners.
2.Experience supporting community-engaged learning, research and scholarship approaches through community and campus partnerships.
3.Evidence of contributions to scholarship including multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.
4.Evidence of contributions to technical writing, including through disseminating technical materials and reports to community stakeholder audiences and/or grant development experience to support community-engaged research efforts.
Additional Candidate Instructions: A complete application will include the following:
•Cover letter that identifies professional and specific interests and background relevant to the position
•Brief statement of research interest/scholarship philosophy
•Two letters of reference