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Research Assistant II, Butler Institute for Families

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA

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Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work has administered countless externally-funded projects that focus on children and families. These efforts provided the impetus for the establishment of the Butler Institute for Families in 1994. Today, the Butler Institute is nationally recognized for its leadership and collaborative work at the national, state, and local level in evaluation, research, and technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems.
We bring together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts, and community members to engage in program evaluation and research; examine outcomes; and provide technical assistance and training to program administrators, direct service providers, and community leaders.

Currently, Butler conducts business in four primary content areas: child welfare, early childhood systems, tribal child welfare, and behavioral health. These content areas operate within a Research-to-Practice framework that promotes the use, adoption, adaptation, replication, and scaling of research and evaluation knowledge and the integration of this knowledge in practice. In addition to the benefits offered by the University of Denver (see here for more details:, Butler offers the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people committed to using research to support practice improvements.

Position Summary

The Butler Institute for Families Research Assistant II has 1-2 years of previous professional research and evaluation experience focused on data collection and management. The Research Assistant II has experience with community-based evaluation projects, especially working with tribal communities and/or communities of color and can conduct basic research and evaluation functions with a racial-equity lens and using culturally-based methodologies such as qualitative, participatory, and story-telling approaches. With supervision, the Research Assistant II is responsible for supporting research and evaluation activities including data collection, data entry, data coding and cleaning, basic quantitative and qualitative data management and analysis, assisting with project reports and literature reviews, and other administrative and research support tasks as needed. This position may be responsible for supervision of work-study students.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in social work, psychology, or a related field.
  • 3 years of professional relevant work experience, at least 1 of those years coordinating data collection and management activities.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including the ability to create and format tables and charts, PowerPoint slides, and Word documents.
  • Experience with basic inferential statistics and/or experience with coding qualitative data.
  • Experience writing sections of research/evaluation reports and/or articles.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree.
  • Experience working in Tribal communities.
  • Experience working in child welfare.
  • Ability to create and manage databases in SPSS and/or Atlas-ti.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework/Remote work schedule available

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, July 9th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 7.

Hourly Range
The hourly range for the position is $21.55 - $23.50.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

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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