Professional Research Asst

The UCCS School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (under its contract with the Colorado Department of Corrections) is recruiting for a Professional Research Assistant. The position will be located within the Office of Planning and Analysis (OPA) at the Colorado Department of Corrections (1250 Academy Park Loop, Colorado Springs, CO 80910). OPA provides evaluation of programs as they relate to the management of treatment programs and the recidivism of offenders. OPA also provides data analysis to provide assessments of policy for internal management, external criminal justice management, and legislative initiatives.

This full time research faculty position seeks an applicant with exceptional research skills, specifically in the areas of program evaluation, experience querying and working with relational databases (in particular Access) and statistical analyses and data visualization using SPSS, Tableau, and excellent academic writing. All are critical components of research, aggregating body of research into consumable components and determining the preponderance of evidence when there are conflicting results among studies.

Examples of Work Performed
  • synthesizing research from a large body of work.
  • creating original "pitches" for scholarly work that may be of interest to CDOC or UCCS.
  • attending, and contributing to, regular research planning meetings.
  • producing (writing) quality literature reviews and formal research products on time.
  • reviewing scholarly literature during the research/writing process.
  • working with members of the OPA (UCCS/CDOC) OPA team to implement feedback and requested changes.
  • analyzing, coding and merging data.
  • serving on the external research committee at CDOC.
  • assisting in grant writing activities for future research studies.
  • managing an independent research project.
  • designing research proposals and survey instruments.
  • maintaining professional knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; and participating in professional societies.
  • determining critical programs and services needing routine reporting, develop methods for reporting, and notify executive leadership team when performance falls outside of the expected range.
  • assisting in establishing analytic approaches that advise management and leadership teams how to improve or enhance service delivery.
  • providing research design, statistical consultation, and create safeguards in order to strengthen methodology of internal evaluations.
  • participating in a variety of planning and development activities (e.g. planning meetings, committees, user interviews, etc.) for the purpose of assisting in creating short and long-range plans for programming support at the CDOC.
  • approximately 40-50 percent of the time for this position is responding to day-to-day requests for quick turn-around data requests and analyses

Required Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • excellent, advanced academic writing skills
  • proficiency in American Psychological Association style
  • excellent computer skills with specific experience with the Microsoft Office suite
  • excellent research skills (project development, literature, methodology, analysis)
  • demonstrate initiative to learn new software
  • superior critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving abilities
  • excellent interpersonal/customer service skills
  • strategic planning skills
  • have the ability to ask questions, work as a lead/solo start to finish and receive constructive feedback from team members
  • ability to present work at multiple levels for different stakeholders
  • highly effective organizing, planning, and prioritizing skills
  • keen ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility and adaptability
  • strong initiative, independent work ethic, and self-motivation
  • detail-oriented and highly accurate
  • demonstrates leadership skills
  • self confidence
  • friendly/outgoing personality
  • tactfulness
  • creativity

Salary: $41,500

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on benefits programs can be found at:

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

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Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor degree in Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, or related social science discipline
  • at least 12 months experience with large datasets, data collection, and data analysis (may include research experience in a dissertation, thesis, capstone research project), and program evaluation
  • Experience with statistical software packages (ie. SPSS, STATA, R,)

Preferred Qualifications
  • the completion of graduate-level credits from an accredited college or university
  • experience with a variety of data collection procedures
  • the completion of graduate-level methodology and statistics courses
  • prior experience assisting with criminology/criminal justice or related social science research (i.e. Psychology & Sociology) projects
  • experience researching vulnerable populations
  • advanced statistical and methodological training
  • prior experience assisting with projects for a research/education or state agency

Special Instructions to Applicants:• Position is open until filled. Applications submitted by July 19, 2017 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official transcripts will be required upon hire. • Appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a background check, to include criminal, and sex-offender checks per campus policy. • Permanent residency sponsorship is not applicable for this position

If selected for this position, the prospective employee must pass a CDOC background check and month-long (paid) training academy, as well as maintain security clearance through the duration of the job. There is no travel expense reimbursement for the interview process. To ensure that CDOC upholds its commitment to provide a safe and secure work environment, the use of any drug classified under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, including medical or recreational marijuana, is prohibited. The physical work location for this University Faculty Research position is: Colorado Department of Corrections Headquarters at 1250 Academy Park Loop, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40084 - School of Public Affairs

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 28, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Morgan Jackson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00483738