Research Program Specialist - School of Social Work - CPRD (A1800134)

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Research Program Specialist

School of Social Work

Center for Prevention Research and Development

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The Research Program Specialist (RPS) works on teams that conduct evaluation of projects targeting community and school based substance abuse prevention programs. The RPS develops and implements an evaluation plan; manages data collection; trains and provides technical assistance to local communities and program sites; and prepares reports to funding agencies.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, disseminates, and implements evaluation protocols and materials for evaluating community-based substance abuse prevention programs.
  • Uses databases and/or spreadsheets to manage and track data collection procedures.
  • Provides technical assistance on data collection and process and outcomes evaluation to local communities and program sites.
  • Provides support to community based providers in recruitment of schools in their area to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey. Support continues through implementation and data utilization of the survey results.
  • Assists in identification of commonalities and differences between substance abuse prevention programs funded through separate funding streams to create synergies in evaluation.
  • Prepares reports, publications, and materials with the knowledge of the target audience needs.
  • Develops and monitors project timelines.
  • Forms mutually beneficial partnerships with program sites around the issues related to evaluation design, data collection, and interpretation and utilization of evaluation findings.
  • Forms mutually beneficial partnerships with funders and state-level data administrators around the issues related to data collection, and interpretation and utilization of findings.
  • Develops and delivers adult professional development activities to promote practical collection and use of data (online and classroom-based), consistent with best practices in adult education and theories underlying Instructional design.
  • Reviews and interprets data analysis results. Communicates data findings to a variety of target audiences.
  • Translates research project goals and objectives to complete an Institutional Review Board Form 1 from submission through approval and renewal.
  • Other duties and responsibilities appropriate for this Research Program Specialist position.

Minimum Education and Work Experience: Master's degree or advanced degree in community psychology, sociology, human development, health services research, epidemiology, education, public health or related field. Two years of experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Two years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, training, consultation and technical assistance preferred.

Knowledge Requirements: Basic knowledge of prevention and early intervention programs. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work in a team environment. Knowledgeable about working with diverse populations and cultures (e.g. Race/ethnicity, class, gender). Good judgment (e.g., working within our contracted role, responding appropriately to requests, verifying information) when representing CPRD externally via trainings, presentations, and site visits. Knowledgeable about working in an applied research setting. Excellent and demonstrated interpersonal, time management, organizational and solution focused skills. Advanced writing skills for proofing and editing documents.

Ability to use SPSS, advanced MS Excel skills, and bilingual Spanish/English language proficiency preferred.

This is a non-visiting 12-month, full-time academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by March 14, 2018. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three references. For further information, you may contact [email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: School of Social Work
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Program Specialist - School of Social Work - CPRD (A1800134)
Open Date: 02/28/2018
Close Date: 03/14/2018
Organization Name: School of Social Work





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Posted: 3/1/2018
Application Due: 3/15/2018
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