Research Program Specialist

Research Program Specialist
Center for Prevention Research and Development
School of Social Work

The Research Program Specialist for the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), within the University of Illinois’ School of Social Work, works on teams that conduct evaluation of projects targeting community-based substance abuse prevention programs and teen pregnancy prevention programs. The RPS develops and implements an evaluation plan; manages data collection; trains and provides technical assistance to local communities and program sites; and prepares reports to funding agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities: Develops and implements evaluation protocols and materials for evaluating community-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. Uses databases and/or spreadsheets to manage and track data collection procedures. Provides technical assistance on data collection and evaluation to local communities and program sites. Prepares reports, publications, and materials with the knowledge of the target audience needs. Develops and monitors project timelines. Forms mutually beneficial partnerships with program sites around the issues related to evaluation design, data collection, and interpretation and utilization of evaluation findings. Forms mutually beneficial partnerships with funders and state-level data administrators around the issues related to data collection, and interpretation and utilization of findings. Develops and delivers adult professional development activities to promote practical collection and use of data (online and classroom-based), consistent with best practices in adult education and theories underlying instructional design. Reviews and interprets data analysis results. Communicates data findings to a variety of target audiences. Assists with developing new and continuing funding proposals. Translates research project goals and objectives to complete an Institutional Review Board Form 1 from submission through approval and renewal.

Minimum Education and Experience:  Master’s Degree or advanced degree in community psychology, sociology, human development, health services research, epidemiology, education, public health or related field. Two years’ experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

Knowledge Requirements:

Required:  Basic knowledge of prevention and early intervention programs. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work in a team environment. Knowledgeable about working with diverse populations and cultures (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender). Good judgment (e.g., working within our contracted role, responding appropriately to requests, verifying information) when representing CPRD externally via trainings, presentations, and site visits. Knowledgeable about working in an applied research setting. Excellent and demonstrated interpersonal, time management, organization, and solution-focused skills. Advanced writing skills for proofing and editing documents.

Preferred:  Ability to use SPSS.  Advanced MS Excel skills.  Bilingual Spanish/English language proficiency.  Two years experience in applied research, program evaluation, training, consultation, and technical assistance.

This is a twelve-month non-tenure track academic professional position. The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by April 4, 2017.  Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three references.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jaime Waymouth at waymouth@illinois.edu.  You may also visit http://www.socialwork.illinois.edu  for additional information.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu