The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work's Institute for Innovation and Implementation is seeking a Lead Research Analyst. The Lead Research Analyst provides advanced subject matter expertise and works independently on all aspects of the research process, including evaluation design, measurement and data collection, data management and cleaning, analysis (including advanced statistical procedures), and dissemination. More specifically, this position will work with faculty to conduct research and evaluation projects related to the child welfare system, including the use of assessment tools such as the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment and the implementation of other evidence-based practices.
The Institute supports state and local governments and organizations to implement effective systems and practices to best meet the needs of children and youth with complex behavioral needs and their families. Over the past decade, The Institute has been involved with many key children's initiatives in Maryland and across the nation, many of which have been supported by federal grants, waivers, and contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The Institute is currently serving as the coordinating partner of The Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (The TA Network), a SAMHSA-funded national technical assistance center supporting more than 70 grantees across the country. It is also a core partner in the National Wraparound Initiative. In Maryland, The Institute works closely with the Departments of Human Services, Juvenile Services, Health, and Education, supporting and informing systems-level reform efforts. The Institute's research and evaluation team compiles and analyzes data to guide systems and programs in their efforts to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. Our goal is to facilitate the translation of evidence-based and promising practices to the field, and to draw from their implementation successes and challenges to inform and conduct research.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Develops research and evaluation plans, including the study design, sampling, measurement, data collection procedures, and data analysis strategies.
Uses subject matter and technical expertise to identify and define research questions and data elements, and integrates them into research design.
Assists service providers and agencies with collecting and maintaining quality data, including developing data collection procedures, building data collection instruments, and regularly reviewing data and providing feedback to resolve data quality issues.
Leads the development and formulates best practices and protocols in data collection, data quality, warehousing, analysis, and reporting including developing special forms and/or formats for analyzing and presenting data.
Manages data sets, such as merging, recoding, and cleaning data using statistical software packages, and ensuring that data are ready for analysis.
Analyzes data, including descriptive analyses and advanced statistical procedures using statistical software packages.
Prepares reports, including summarizing relevant background literature and reporting and interpreting findings from data analyses, for ongoing evaluation reports, white papers, and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Presents work at meetings and academic conferences.
Mentors other members of the research team, develops training, and provides continued guidance on data collection, analysis, and storage. Reviews analysis and reports of less experienced members of the research team.
Oversees report preparation by other research staff, including reviewing reports for quality and accuracy, and ensuring that reporting deadlines are met.
Independently cleans, validates, and analyzes research data in order to prepare research findings for publications of journal articles, grant proposals, posters, conferences, and meetings. Searches relevant literature, develops conclusions, writes reports, prepare and deliver presentations of relevant findings and conclusions, and recommends appropriate actions.
Develops, recommends, modifies, and implements policies and procedures and/or methods for research.
Collaborates with implementation team members to ensure successful project administration.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Science, Information Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Health Science, or in a field of study related to the research. Experience: Three (3) years of related experience in a research environment including two (2) years in the relevant research specialization. Preferred Education: Master's degree in a related field preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge/expertise regarding the child welfare system and/or assessment tools used with this population. Knowledge of implementation science, rapid-cycle evaluation, and data visualization preferred.
Knowledge of design of research studies and data collection procedures. Ability to understand and utilize scientific terminology and research theory. Skill in using measurable and verifiable information for making decisions and judgments. Skill in statistical programming, data analysis, and interpreting findings using statistical software as well as spreadsheet applications.
Knowledgeable of position requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws.
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail, and operate effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Maintains productivity and uses strategies to increase knowledge base.
Ability to write and present research analysis and findings in a clear and concise way.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with others to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers.
Ability to mentor and guide other personnel.
Ability to continuously seek quality service and process improvements in order to support a mission and strategic vision.
Hiring Range for this position is in the 60s, commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Employee Class :Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time:Full-Time
:Social Work - The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.