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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Description:Research Program SpecialistSchool of Social WorkCenter for Prevention Research and Development

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) for the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), within the University of Illinois’ School of Social Work, coordinates and manages a team that is promoting, training, implementing and evaluating the Engaging Youth for Positive Change (EYPC) Youth Civic Education Curriculum ( The RPS manages team activities, including promotion, training and site technical assistance, and evaluation.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Development, Management, and Coordination

  • Serve as a project manager, coordinating project activities including the development of weekly meeting agendas and notes, internal and external communication, and ensuring documentation is up to date.
  • Develop and monitor project timelines for meeting all project deliverables.
  • Periodically review, edit and update the EYPC curriculum and associated supporting documents for youth based on assessment results, EYPC team reviews, and Advisory Board input.
  • Continuing growing EYPC to include new policy focus areas and updating approaches to existing policy focus areas.
  • Work with the team to oversee scheduling, communication, and logistics planning of EYPC Facilitator Trainings.
  • Implement Facilitator Trainings at least four times per year via in-person and/or online.
  • Convene the EYPC Advisory Board two times per year via in-person and/or online.
  • Other duties and responsibilities appropriate for this Research Program Specialist position.

EYPC Site Monitoring, Communication and Technical Assistance

  • Recruit local program sites to participate in and implement the EYPC program.
  • Work with the team to monitor, communicate with and support local EYPC program implementation sites by trained facilitators.
  • Provide site level technical assistance to implementing sites as needed.

Project Promotion and Dissemination

  • Work in collaboration with the Center for Innovation for Teaching Learning (CITL) to develop video and other online content to support the curriculum, facilitator training, and EYPC promotion.
  • Maintain and update the EYPC website
  • Work with the team to post regularly on EYPC social media accounts.
  • Develop presentations for dissemination of findings to a variety of audiences, including program sites, funders, and partners.

EYPC Evaluation

  • Monitor evaluation and assessment for sites implementing the EYPC program.
  • Develop reports, publications, or research briefs based on the evaluation results.
  • Be responsible for preparing and providing quarterly reports to funders on project activities, performance measures, and any challenges.

Minimum Education and Work Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health or Community Psychology, Social Studies Education, Political Science, Human Services, Social Work, Public Health, or related social science field, and 2+ years of experience working with/coordinating health or human service projects. Experience working with curriculum development and monitoring local program implementation is preferred.

Knowledge Requirements:

Knowledge of and experience with curriculum development and promotion and an interest in public policy and policy advocacy with a substantive understanding of civics education at the middle and high school level; 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); knowledge of working in an applied research setting; excellent and demonstrated interpersonal, time management, organization and solution-focused skills.

To Apply:

This is a full-time (100%), twelve month academic professional position. The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by June 18, 2021. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three professional references.

For further information about this specific position, contact [email protected]. You may also visit for additional information. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:School of Social Work Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Research Program Specialist - School of Social Work, Center for Prevention Research and Development (146121) Open Date:05/21/2021 Close Date:06/18/2021 Organization Name:SSW CPRD


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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