Practitioner-Researcher Temporary

Job description


The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University is seeking a Practitioner-Researcher to join our growing team. As a mission-driven organization we take seriously the importance of rigorous research, engagement and communication activities, and advocacy. Our diverse team is committed to communities that demand affordable, accessible, high-quality education from high school through higher education and beyond. Our teammates demonstrate why #RealCollege matters: we have collectively lived the challenges of navigating government bureaucracy and cash-strapped colleges, experienced the trauma and perils of living without financial stability, and experienced marginalization along nearly every possible line.

Helping research create impact requires deep knowledge and meaningful activities in the areas of both research application and community engagement. The Hope Center aims to mitigate challenges undermining college attainment and our practitioner-researchers are responsible for contributing to that effort by ensuring that the challenges are accurately identified, understood, and addressed.

The practitioner-researcher will possess significant experience working to address students’ basic needs in a public university setting. Drawing on that experience, they will work to ensure that higher education institutions are equipped to implement Hope Center’s research and communications efforts to enhance measures aiming to secure students basic needs, establish  initiatives to build awareness, and impact positive changes with regard to the challenges facing vulnerable populations, such as former foster youth, returning citizens, and students with dependents, as well as broader challenges such as affordable housing, food, transportation, childcare, and mental health.

The practitioner-researcher will support programming efforts, including trainings and special events, as well as create practitioner-focused materials, including toolkits and explainers, guides, and other deliverables. In addition, they will contribute to the planning and visioning for institutional transformation impact across research, policy and advocacy, and special projects; will represent the Hope Center in speaking engagements, media requests, interactions within coalitions, and key communities; and perform other duties as assigned.

It is an exciting and difficult time to be working on creating significant social change. We seek teammates who are committed to our mission and capable and comfortable with working effectively in a fast-paced environment. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and four years’ experience required, at least 2 years of experience working on higher education issues as a practitioner. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities:

*Deep practitioner-based knowledge of one or more of the following areas: food insecurity, housing insecurity, financial and emergency aid, foster care, returning citizens, students with dependents, and undocumented individuals

*Knowledge of research practices and experience conducting research

*Quantitative literacy (i.e., comfort using and interpreting basic statistics)

*Ability to manage projects with multiple partners from varying backgrounds

*Demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse set of stakeholders including institutional leaders, faculty, students, administrators, and practitioners

*Experience and ability to work effectively across difference—to engage authentically across cultures, identities, races, life experiences, and knowledge systems

*Excellent writing and communication skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

*Ability to take creative feedback, execute, and iterate quickly and efficiently

*Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, high-stress environment

*Demonstrated ability to work as part of a cross-functional and interdisciplinary team effectively and collaboratively

*Demonstrated commitment to the goals and values of the Hope Centers’ mission to address the challenges that inhibit college attainment among vulnerable populations


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

*Experience with institutional change and transformation

*Experience working with minoritized groups

*Master’s degree in social science or education

This is a grant funded position.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Jones Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Part-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time