Position Announcement- Senior Research Specialist

Children and Family Research Center

The Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) was established in 1996 in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to identify and monitor child welfare service outcomes, conduct program evaluations of key interventions and complete research on critical issues that impact the success of these efforts.  The CFRC conducts child welfare program evaluations and promotes evidence-based practices that advance the public mission of ensuring the safety, permanence and well-being of children in or at risk of substitute care.  The Senior Research Specialist conducts the majority of the research, evaluation and analysis for the CFRC.  This includes writing publications and presenting findings at conferences.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Senior Research Specialist will lead an independent program of research on a range of topics relevant to child welfare and family functioning.  They will collaborate with Center staff to design high quality, innovative, and policy-relevant research studies. The Senior Research Specialist will work collaboratively with the Center Director to ensure that the Center remains on the forefront of best practices in research, data analytics, translation, and impact.  They will provide strategic leadership to identify and apply for policy relevant research and funding opportunities.  The Senior Research Specialist will consult with policy makers, agency directors, philanthropic organizations, and community groups to develop new areas of inquiry and to translate research findings into actionable recommendations that impact policy and practice.  In addition, the Senior Research Specialist will serve as a “team leader” and will supervisor junior researchers and graduate students affiliated with the Center.  The Senior Research Specialist will be expected to actively disseminate research findings through academic journal publications, research reports and briefs targeted toward child welfare administrators and professionals, and presentations at local, state, and national and international conferences.

Minimum Education and Work Experience:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Economics or other social science
  • Minimum of 10 years in professional research in a social science setting
  • Proven success in conceiving and maintaining an independent program of research, as evidenced by independently generated state, federal, or private funding
  • Experience in partnering with key research, community, and policy stakeholders in the development of research studies
  • Experience managing and prioritizing the work of multiple levels of staff working on multiple and complex research project
  • Experience supervising and mentoring research staff

This is a full-time (100%), twelve month non-tenure track academic professional position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015.  The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  Please create your candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload your resume, a cover letter, a writing sample and the names and email addresses of three professional references by the close date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

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

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu