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Senior Research Associate, Butler Institute for Families

Job description

Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work has administered countless externally funded projects targeting children and families. These efforts preceded and provided the impetus for the establishment of the Butler Institute for Families in 1994. Today, we are nationally recognized for our leadership and collaborative work at the national, state, and local level in evaluation, research, and technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems.

We bring together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts, and community members to: engage in program evaluation and research; examine outcomes; and provide technical assistance and training to program administrators, direct service providers, and community leaders.

Position Summary

The Senior Research Associate answers to the Butler Institute for Families Director of Research and Evaluation. The Senior Research Associate is responsible for research and program evaluation activities, including: proficiency in statistical and/or qualitative analyses and interpretation; planning research and evaluation studies and framing research/evaluation questions; identifying appropriate instrumentation to address research questions; and synthesizing information from diverse data sources. The ideal candidate will have experience working on early childhood program, organizational, systems, and/or workforce issues.

Essential Functions

  • Research design
  • Data analysis
  • Report writing and presentation of findings
  • Project management
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment with multiple colleagues, peers, and external clients.
  • Grant writing and business development
  • May supervise Research Associates.
  • Excellent writing skills for report generation and grant applications.
  • Experience working in diverse communities and cultures.
  • Quality communication and presentation abilities.
  • Constructive interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral language skills required for professional report generation, presentations, and grant applications, as well as coordinating and communicating with project team and multiple professional and lay stakeholders.
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis and interpretation.
  • Reasoning ability at a Masters level required.
  • Ability to utilize flexible evaluation approaches to meet changing project needs.
  • Awareness of early childhood policy and program operations.
  • Ability to frame research/evaluation questions and plan evaluation studies.
  • Ability to adapt to changing project needs.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree (M.Ed., MPP, or other Master's Degree in a related field).
  • 5 years of experience in program evaluation or community-based research, including evaluation planning, design, data collection, data management, and qualitative analysis.
  • Must have a broad array of research skills, including proficiency in qualitative data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD
  • 6-8 years of experience in program evaluation or community-based research.
  • Experience as a member of an evaluation project team.
  • Experience creating logic models and theories of change.
  • Experience with interviewing and group facilitation.
  • Experience designing and conducting technical assistance to support evaluation capacity building and data utilization.
  • Understanding of early childhood systems.
  • Ability to synthesize information from literature reviews and multiple data sources.
  • Understanding of implementation science and relationship to evaluation and evidence-building.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST) Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions regarding this position please contact Jessica Lovan at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 005908
Posted: 1/17/2018
Application Due: 3/18/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable