Survey Research Outreach Specialist

Survey Research Outreach Specialist
Center for Prevention Research and Development
School of Social Work 

The Survey Research Outreach Specialist (SROS) for the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), within the University of Illinois’ School of Social Work, serves as lead coordinator of a large-scale applied research project, the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).  Provides technical assistance  to participating schools and oversees the recruitment and promotion of the IYS with schools throughout Illinois. 

Duties and Responsibilities: Serve as a main contact for schools and community-based organizations for the IYS project.  Assist with the preparation of training materials regarding IYS administration and IYS data utilization.  Coordinate development and implementation of the IYS school promotion and recruitment plans, using a diverse and targeted array of methods (e.g. targeted communication, social media, and engagement of community and state partners). Develop and monitor project timelines. Use custom designed databases and/or spreadsheets to manage and track all aspects of Illinois Youth Survey data collection procedures including recruitment, promotion, survey administration, and reporting of results. Coordinate state random sample school recruitment efforts during statewide administration years. Schedule and assist with IYS exhibits at professional conferences to promote awareness of the IYS with school, community and state-level stakeholders. Develop and update content of materials (emails, flyers, recruitment guides) to promote statewide awareness of the Illinois Youth Survey.
Communicate with survey printing vendor to facilitate biennial updates and production of the paper-based survey forms. Assist with the development and updates to materials (e.g. survey administration instructions, online tutorials/webinars) that educate school survey administrators to collect IYS data in accordance with the IRB-approved protocol. Provide technical assistance to school personnel on coordination and implementation of paper-based and online surveys. Work with the project team to develop summary reports of data collection progress, quality and survey results. Provide information to the PI required to update the annual IRB and RRB renewal. Assist with preparation of quarterly progress reports documenting contract deliverables to the sponsor (Illinois Department of Human Services).

Minimum Education and Experience:  Master’s Degree or advanced degree in community psychology, sociology, human development, health communications, epidemiology, education, public health or related field. Two year experience with survey-based data collection.   .
Knowledge Requirements: Excellent organizational and time management skills including meeting deadlines, managing multiple tasks concurrently and maintaining required documentation. Ability to develop and update written materials designed to reach one or more target audiences. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability for solution-focused problem solving. Good judgement and tact when representing CPRD via trainings, presentations/exhibits, technical assistance consultations, and external meetings. Knowledgeable about working with diverse populations, cultures, and roles (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, school & district personnel). Ability to work effectively, both on an interdisciplinary team and independently, to accomplish assigned tasks. Basic knowledge of survey data collection methodology.  Advanced MS Excel skills, writing skills for proofing and editing technical and non-technical reports is preferred.  Knowledge of appropriate use of social media for reaching school personnel and their community partners, SPSS, and Bilingual Spanish/English language proficiency is preferred.  Experience in large-scale, high volume survey administration. Experience working with or within a school, district or regional office of education is also preferred. 

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 May 10, 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. 


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