Professional Research Asst

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Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

University of Colorado Boulder

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Project Director - 100% FTE (contingent on funding)

Youth Violence Prevention Center-Denver (YVPC-D)


The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU Boulder invites applicants to apply for a Professional Research Assistant (PRA)-Project Director for the Youth Violence Prevention Center - Denver (YVPC-D) Project. The YVPC-D project is grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control (2016-2021). The new Project Director will fulfill the duties of the position for the remainder of the grant period. This project focuses on reducing violence among 10-24 year olds in 2 Denver communities using the Communities That Care® (CTC) approach. We are partnering with the Montbello (MB) and Northeast Park Hill (NEPH) communities to implement and evaluate a community-level prevention system that delivers community-and policy-level youth violence prevention strategies matched to the identified local need.

The Project Director will be responsible for the successful day-to-day operations of this project across the two communities including overseeing the implementation of CTC and coordination between the implementation and evaluation activities. The Project Director will work closely with and report to the Principal Investigator and Research Director. S/he will coordinate operations and logistics and will communicate directly with the CDC project officers, as well as the CU research support staff in order to ensure that all components of the project are carried out with fidelity. The Project Director will supervise the Community Site Representatives for each intervention community, interface with community members, support planning, implementation, and evaluation of the community-level prevention strategies and help to develop and implement dissemination and sustainability plans for the project. S/he will also work closely with the Strategy Implementation Coordinator to oversee implementation of the project activities.


The Project Director will:

Direct the day-to-day operations of the Youth Violence Prevention Center-Denver across two intervention neighborhoods.
Facilitate bimonthly YVPC-D team meetings in Boulder. This includes creating the agenda and managing communication with the project team and coordinating other team building activities or meetings as necessary for the successful implementation of the project.
Maintain and adjust the project timeline based on the Communities That Care® (CTC) prevention operating system five phases.
Supervise the Community Site Representatives and the CTC implementation process in both intervention neighborhoods
Supervise the Strategy Implementation Coordinator and the training, implementation and evaluation of the prevention strategies in each intervention neighborhood.
Coordinate with the Training Director to ensure the successful implementation of the CTC prevention operating system in NEPH and MB, including communicating with project developers, supporting community trainings, and fidelity monitoring.
Supervise the community action plan development and implementation in MB and NEPH and work to adjust both plans, when necessary.
Support the Research Director in establishing systems for the community boards to monitor the implementation and evaluation of selected interventions.
Oversee project communication tasks including communication plans with MB and NEPH (e.g., project plans, accomplishments, research progress and findings) and the design and plans for the website and social media.
Facilitate work with the communities to ensure the sustainability of strategies in both intervention neighborhoods using the CTC guidance.
Lead efforts to solve local CTC implementation problems and assist in implementing solutions.
Monitor the YVPC-D budget in coordination with the Principal Investigator and Program Manager and adjust as necessary.
Communicate with CDC project officers to ensure grant funding requirements are met and coordinate the annual site visit and network reverse site visit.
Support writing grant proposals, reports including the annual continuation report and budget carryover requests, concept papers and other materials needed to obtain continued/increased funding.
Present on CTC and initiative findings and experiences to the local and research communities.



Master's degree with at least three years' project management or equivalent experience related to youth/community programming or the field of prevention.

Excellence in employee management with the ability to coach and supervise staff, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

Ability to develop and implement project timelines.

Ability to cultivate new relationships with strategic partners, e.g., government agencies, non-profit agencies, schools, and business and faith-based communities.

Familiarity with youth-serving and community-based organizations, as well as current community organizing efforts.

Demonstrated ability to speak effectively and professionally in public to a variety of audiences. Must possess professional demeanor.

Demonstrated experience writing clear, concise and grammatically correct letters, project reports and other forms of communication.

Must be self-directed, as well as a team player.

Documented grant writing experience, concept paper development, and/or facilitation/presentation.

Demonstrated prevention experience in violence, mental health, and/or drug/alcohol programming or delivery of services.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Local travel required. Annual out-of-state travel required.

Job sites are in Denver (Montbello and NEPH neighborhoods), and at CU Boulder. Primary office will be in Denver.


Knowledge of and experience with the Communities That Care® (CTC) prevention operating system

Experience working with community partners in Denver and/or Montbello and NEPH

Background in research

Experience with cultural proficiency and interacting effectively in a variety of cultural environments

Individuals from diverse backgrounds and with bilingual Spanish speaking skills are encouraged to apply


100% full-time position with a salary ranging from $75,000-$85,000 commensurate with skills and experience

A generous benefit package offered through CU Boulder including medical/dental/vision, retirement, paid time off, and an ECO pass.

A positive and healthy working environment on a multi-disciplinary team of professionals

HOURS: Forty hours per week. Some evenings and weekends required.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled

Questions should be directed to Shelli Brown: [email protected].

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for considered foe employment, Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List Systems) check. The immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to foster an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity; the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in the programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Curriculum Vita; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of Recommendation. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10071 - Behavioral Sci Inst-Admin

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 3, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Nicole Bryant

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745027





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Posted: 4/4/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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