This position directs the research and evaluation activities of the Future Services Institute. Because we partner closely with county, state and nonprofit organizations, the position requires a researcher skilled in evaluation and social science methods, attentive to detail, and with a proven ability to help others use research for problem solving. This person works collaboratively with project teams, providing analytical and technical skills to assure data integrity, security, and quality. He/she should be a seasoned professional who feels confident working with people with different vantage points, including faculty scholars and nonprofit service providers, state government managers and nonprofit staff.
Perform planning, design, and implementation of research and evaluation projects. (50%) • Work with project teams to design research and evaluation projects that are both rigorous and appropriate to the context. • Prepare or oversee preparation of research design plans, including documentation necessary for submission to the IRB for approval (update IRB protocols as necessary). • Develop appropriate data collection tools. Collect quantitative and qualitative data for research and human-centered design projects. • Manage the implementation of research and evaluation projects. Develop and ensure timelines and workplans. • Analyze survey, administrative, and other quantitative data using appropriate descriptive and predictive statistical methods. • Analyze interview and focus group data through appropriate matrix and inductive coding approaches. • Write research reports and briefs appropriate for diverse audiences. • Write academic papers appropriate for peer review.
Work with external partners (national evaluation firms, state government managers, etc.) and Humphrey School faculty and staff and on research and evaluation projects. (20%) • Build relationships with faculty scholars (UMN, national, and international) to identify areas of shared interest and potential collaborative projects. • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with external partners around research and evaluation activities. • Provide supervision for ongoing program evaluations for county and nonprofit managers engaged in Future Service Institute and PNLC projects. • Seek out opportunities to create user-friendly tools/syntheses of research findings for practitioner audiences.
Utilize analytical and technical skills to assure data integrity, security, and quality. (15%) • Work with state agencies, county governments, and philanthropic partners to assure data security, making incremental improvements in data access and quality. • Create usable interfaces for non-technical audiences using tools like Tableau, Excel charts, and GIS maps. • Assure integrity of information. • Provide training and create materials to assure the effective data collection and consistent use of data informed tools by public/ nonprofit managers and programmatic staff.
Contribute to the leadership and growth of the Future Services Institute. (15%) • Engage in grant writing and fund development for research activities. • As a member of the leadership team, participate in strategic discussions related to the Institute’s direction and activities. Work to problem solve and streamline internal processes. • Raise awareness of research activities by disseminating information and presenting research & evaluation findings to diverse scholarly and practitioner audiences • Represent the Future Services Institute at local and national conferences • Supervise research and evaluation staff, including evaluation & learning manager (full-time position) and graduate research assistants (doctoral and masters level).
Required Qualifications: • Requires BA/BS with at least eight years of experience or advanced degree with six years of experience. • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including primary data collection. • Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member, function comfortably in an academic setting, and interact with a diverse group of individuals, organizations and the public. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Computer proficiency required, including: MS Office, statistical and qualitative data analysis software.
Preferred Qualifications: • PhD and at least 3 years professional experience. • Track record of professional publications, such as peer-reviewed articles or multi-media content • Comfort in national and state social policy research and evaluation networks
Internal Number: 327842
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