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Senior Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado – School of Education and Human Development

Senior Professional Research Assistant/Sr. Evaluation Specialist II

The Evaluation Center

Position #644668 – Requisition #20249

*Note: This posting is open to current employees of CU only.

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Evaluation Center is housed within the School of Education and Human Development but operates as a separate, autonomous, not-for-profit entity with the backing of a major research university.  This unique situation allows the Center to operate independently and to provide external evaluation services to clients aligned with our vision and mission both inside and outside of the University.  Our clients include nonprofit organizations, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other community organizations.

The Evaluation Center is committed to equity and equity evaluation; we seek to become leaders in this work.  Equity Evaluation is an approach that ultimately contributes to the betterment of community or program by examining issues of social justice in every aspect of the program or project being evaluated.

The Evaluation Center Vision

Improved lives and communities through high quality evaluation.

Mission Statement

We strive to make evaluation a valued and widely accepted practice by increasing the use and understanding of evaluation. We collaborate with our clients to support evidence-informed programs, practices, and policies in schools, institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Guiding Principles:

    We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices.We strive to understand the context and communities in which we work.We use rigorous and innovative quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.We help clients obtain and use information to make informed decisions about the implementation and effectiveness of their programs and policies.We make evaluation meaningful and accessible to multiple audiences.We support the development of evaluation capacity and its use within institutions and organizations.We provide real world evaluation opportunities for graduate students to apply coursework and gain evaluation expertise.We advocate for the value and use of evaluation by a wide range of stakeholders.Our work advances the field of evaluation.
Supervision Received

This PRA/Evaluation Specialist II position reports to The Evaluation Center’s Executive Director.

Supervision Exercised

Mentorship of student workers/graduate students is possible.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading one of more small-mid size evaluation projects
  • Leading significant portions of projects independentlyAssuming great responsibility within projects, including: leading data collection and instrument development effortsWorking closely with all Senior Evaluators and Senior Evaluation Specialists
    Providing evaluation support activities including collecting data (via interviews, surveys, site visits, etc.), conducting on-line literature searches, entering data, and setting up codebooksConducting qualitative and quantitative analyses independentlyCoordinating data collection schedules and project activity logisticsOrganizing and maintaining project materials and informationApplying various methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis Working closely with clients to collect data, design instruments, report findingsWriting a wide variety of reports (technical, visual, infographic, etc.) Completing other duties as assigned
Salary and Benefits:

The salary hiring range for this position has been established at $52,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. 

The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. 

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.

Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Benefits: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits.

Total Compensation Calculator: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/total-compensation

Diversity and Equity:

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Office of Equity: https://www1.ucdenver.edu/offices/equity


The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • 2 years of experience conducting program evaluation with demonstrated increases in responsibility
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation methodologies and analyses
  • Experience writing professional reports and other tailored evaluation deliverables
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in research and/or evaluation, education, public health, social sciences, public policy or another related field.
  • Advanced degree with career goals focused on program evaluation
  • 2 – 3 years of experience in program evaluation with demonstrated increasing responsibility
  • Experience conducting interviews and focus groups
  • Experience in data collection, entry, database management
  • Willingness to travel (local, national, international)
    • Knowledge/ experience with academic/ research institutions and/or non-profit organizations

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Dispositions

    • Self-motivated and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously without direct supervision
    • Strong background knowledge of program evaluation (particularly utilization-focused, systems-level and participatory approaches)
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; ability to tailor written, visual and verbal presentations to different audiences as appropriate
    • Ability to work within timelines and respond effectively to deadlines
    • High comfort level with technology (ability to become readily adept with technological systems and various technological solutions) e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, NVivo
    • Ability to conduct structured interviews and site visits with fidelity
    • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information and distill themes, patterns and nuances
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to be a competent, contributing member of a dynamic team
    • High level of integrity and personal ethics
    • Demonstrated commitment to professional development
    • Desire to grow professionally

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Denver
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Feb 19, 2021
    Unposting Date: Feb 26, 2021, 12:59:00 AM




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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/21/2021
    Application Due: 2/27/2021
    Work Type: Full Time