Research Assistant ProfessorDepartment:
Ctr on Children Families & the Law-1082Requisition Number:
F_210122Posting Open Date:
09/13/2021Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date):
10/15/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDescription of Work:
The UNL Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and systemic approach to improve outcomes for children and families. This position will lead CCFL evaluation activities, including projects for the UNL CCFL Community Services Division focused on peer mentoring in child welfare. Minimum Required Qualifications:
The UNL CCFL Community Services Division provides a variety of services to state and local systems and providers, including program design, implementation, and evaluation services in substantive areas ranging from homelessness and juvenile justice to child welfare. The focus of this position will be on the evaluation of state child welfare peer mentoring programs using the Iowa Parent Partner model. The Iowa Parent Partner model provides to parents that have recently become involved in the system peer mentors that have prior experience as parents in the child welfare system. The model’s goals are to improve child and family outcomes, including reunification, time in out of home placement, and subsequent referrals.
The selected candidate will work in a team environment to conduct program evaluations of multiple projects. Evaluation activities will include the design of methodically rigorous and theoretically appropriate evaluations, collecting and managing data, using appropriate and diverse statistical analyses, and writing reports for interdisciplinary audiences (i.e. policymakers, child welfare administrators, case workers). The range of evaluation work ranges from implementation design and logic model/theory of change development, through initial design development including randomized control trials and quasi-experimental, data collection and measure development, to analysis and reporting, and collaborative program redesign technical assistance based upon finding with evaluation partners.
The selected candidate will have strong self-motivation, excellent critical thinking, good interpersonal skills, and good time management. The selected candidate must have the ability to adapt to new situations or issues and to adapt to changing structures and policy directions within state child welfare systems. The selected applicant must be willing to travel, primarily in Nebraska, including occasional overnight stays.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
- PhD in psychology, sociology, research methods, program evaluation, statistical analysis, or a related field.
- Strong self-motivation.
- Excellent critical thinking.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Good time management.
- Ability to adapt to new situations or issues.
- Ability to adapt to changing structures and policy directions within state child welfare systems.
- Willing to travel, primarily in Nebraska, including occasional overnight stays.
How to Apply:
- Experience or training in research methodology, program evaluation, and/or statistics.
- Understanding of the child welfare systems and peer mentoring programs.
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- A curriculum vitae.
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Mary CarstensJob Category (old):
Faculty Non-Tenure LeadingJob Type:
Full-TimePosition funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?: