Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job description

GSSW is the place for people of purpose - diverse, creative educators, scholars, and social workers who advance social justice through courageous ideas and action. Our shared purpose to advance equity brings together some of social work's brightest faculty, students and partners, who work collaboratively and across disciplines to respond to community needs. We celebrate bold approaches to problem-solving and embrace the rich diversity of our extended community. Learn about GSSW here.

The Butler Institute for Families (located within GSSW) offers research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance to agencies serving children and families across the nation. Through a holistic and customized approach, Butler assists its partners in strengthening and building their evaluation, workforce, and implementation capacity, allowing them to better serve their clients and community members. Butler's National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) Evaluation team works toward equipping the child welfare field with data and knowledge necessary to better understand effective strategies to recruit, select, train, and maintain a diverse child welfare workforce. Learn about the Butler Institute here and NCWWI here).

Position Summary

The Butler Institute and GSSW are searching for a full-time, Post-doctoral Fellow. This is a 12-month position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to conduct organizational workforce, leadership, and change initiative research. The program of research at the Butler Institute will have a strong focus on child welfare workforce (burnout, training, and retention) and organization capacity building. The program of research at GSSW will broadly consist of macro practice with a focus on organizational culture and climate initiatives, community engagement, and leadership development.

The post-doctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with mentors toward continued scholarly collaboration. A team-mentorship approach (consisting of the Dean, senior faculty, content experts, and NCWWI university partners) will be used to support the advancement of the fellows research, scholarship, and career development.

Essential Functions

  • The Post-doctoral Fellow will work 50% time with the NCWWI Evaluation Team housed at the Butler Institute and 50% with GSSW. Duties will include:
  • NCWWI Evaluation Team
  • Manuscript development for publication using NCWWI 2 and NCWWI 3 data
  • Participation on evaluation efforts for NCWWI 3
  • Supporting research design and development of analytical strategies
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Writing up results and evaluation reports
  • Present at national conferences when appropriate
  • GSSW
  • Developing community-engaged project related to community engagement, course development, leadership, organizational policy, and development
  • Conducting own program of research
  • Potential opportunities to collaborate on grant applications with faculty
  • Opportunities to teach MSW courses
  • Supplemental funding opportunities through adjunct teaching
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to perform the work described in this Fellowship description
  • Commitment to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, students, and community partners from diverse backgrounds and cultural identities feel welcome and valued.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively to various stakeholders across a variety of mediums
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills for translating research findings to diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform literature reviews and extract key information from a body of research.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong ability to work in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Required Qualifications

  • Candidates with a Ph.D. in social work, sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology or related field by the time of appointment. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by August 31, 2019. Candidates must be untenured and within 5 years of Ph.D.
  • Work Schedule

    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. Travel is required.

    Application Deadline

    For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 13, 2019.

    Special Instructions

    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Inquiries about this position can be made to Dr. Amy He ().

    Please include the following documents with your application:

    1. A letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests)
    2. CV
    3. Writing Sample, please submit one of the following: a dissertation chapter, a recently published work, or a conference paper
    4. Reference Listing (minimum of 3 references)

    The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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




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    Job No: 492417
    Posted: 5/14/2019
    Application Due: 7/13/2019
    Work Type:
    Salary: Negotiable