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Assistant Researcher Senior

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) seeks a full-time Assistant Researcher Senior to conduct federally funded research and evaluation and data management for small and large-scale initiatives. CPPR specializes in research and evaluation, data science projects, and social innovation work that supports our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR primarily pursues its mission by assisting partners, including state-level and community-based organizations, in their work to secure funding, bring key stakeholders to the table, orchestrate large-scale data efforts, and conduct research, cost analysis, and evaluation. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about impacting social change for good. This position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by conducting evaluations of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and other maternal and child health initiatives. Evaluation activities include project coordination and communication, using project management software, creating and distributing online surveys, data management, facilitating focus groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing, public presentations, and providing technical assistance. The successful applicant should have experience working with community stakeholders, collecting, managing, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data, and sharing findings with partners outside of the academic community. The applicant should also facilitate continuous quality improvement (CQI), actively troubleshoot problems that may arise, and quickly develop and implement solutions. Experience working on issues related to maternal, infant, and child health is helpful. Experience applying a community-based participatory research approach is also beneficial. Additionally, experience with workforce evaluations and professional development is valuable. This position is contingent upon funding.

Minimal travel may be required.

Due to COVID restrictions, this Position may begin teleworking and transition to a hybrid of on-site and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will also be considered.

Commitment to equity: At the heart of our mission, we are dedicated to improving the lives of people in the many communities we serve. To this end, we commit to addressing the structural and systemic inequities that prevent marginalized populations from thriving. We strive to create a safe workplace where there is no tolerance for discrimination and harassment. We stand with Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and all individuals who are marginalized or oppressed. We join the movement to make KU and the world around us a better place. Job Description40% - Research and Evaluation Project Coordination
  • Ensure that the projects meet the goals and objectives of the funder in cooperation with federal, state, and local partners
  • Track and coordinate deliverables, work plans, and timelines for timely and high-quality completion and of work
  • Plan, prepare and facilitate meetings involving internal staff and external partners
  • Serve as point of contact between CPPR and federal/state/local partners related to research and evaluation projects
  • Support partner programs in accessing, understanding, and using their data and research and evaluation findings
  • Supervise student hourlies, graduate students, or research assistants in carrying out research activities
30% - Research Methodology and Synthesis
  • Participate in the development and design of evaluation and research plans
  • Conduct multi-faceted evaluation and research projects as part of a team
  • Provide synthesis of research literature and/or evaluation and research project findings.
  • Assist with preparing charts, tables, graphs, and written summaries of research and evaluation data and findings using excel and other data visualization applications
  • Assist senior researchers with the preparation of written research and evaluation reports and manuscripts for publication, serving as a co-author as appropriate
20% - Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting
  • Manage and secure program data
  • Collaborate with programs to identify and implement data collection protocols and tools
  • Identify, prepare, and support data files, syntax, and analysis for evaluation and research projects, including advanced statistical analyses as appropriate
  • Assist with data formatting, processing, and analysis using Excel, SPSS, R, and other applications
  • Design, implement and maintain data-informed reports and analytics solutions, including data visualizations and dashboards for different audiences (e.g., community stakeholders, policymakers, scholars)
10% - Other Duties
  • Special Projects and other duties as assigned
Position RequirementsDue to COVID restrictions, this Position will begin teleworking and may transition to a hybrid of on-site and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will be considered. Required Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy or related field and three years of related experience.
  2. 1-2 years of experience analyzing data and visualizing data to inform practice or programmatic learning as demonstrated by work experience.
  3. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials and previous work history.
  4. Excellent organizational skills and experience working independently, as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
Preferred Qualifications
    Master’s degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy or related field.
  1. 1-2 years of experience studying social work, early childhood, maternal health, and/or families, as demonstrated in application materials.
  2. 1-2 years of experience facilitating collaboration between stakeholders at the community and/or state level, as demonstrated by application materials.
  3. One year of experience using statistical analysis software, such as SPSS or SAS, as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
  4. Experience working in maternal and child health and/or community health.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins on January 24, 2022 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. To ensure first consideration, apply by January 23, 2022.
Contact Information to ApplicantsVirginia Musser [email protected] Advertised Salary RangeMinimum $45,000 Work ScheduleDuring the hours of 8 am-5 pm M-F Application Review Begins24-Jan-2022 Anticipated Start Date21-Feb-2022


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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