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Post-doctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Social Work

University of Denver
Colorado, USA, Denver

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Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work has administered countless externally funded projects targeting children and families. These efforts preceded and provided the impetus for the establishment of the Butler Institute for Families in 1994. Today, we are nationally recognized for our 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/or scaling of research and/or 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. We also offer professional development and job growth opportunities, flexible schedules and the opportunity to telework remotely. Butler stands in solidarity against the systemic oppression of persons of color and American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, communities, and individuals. Butler intentionally partners with family and child serving agencies to create healing, positive systemic change, and daily inclusive actions that reflect racial equity.

Position Summary

The Butler Institute for Families invites applications for a 12-month post-doctoral research fellowship focused on issues of relevance to child welfare workforce, leadership, and organizational change initiatives. The post-doc fellow will join Butler's Evaluation Team on the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), a federally funded project that aims to equip the child welfare profession with data and knowledge necessary to better understand effective strategies to recruit, select, train, and maintain a healthy and diverse child welfare workforce. To achieve its goals, NCWWI has selected seven workforce excellence sites (four public, three tribal) to offer: technical assistance and capacity building related to organizational change efforts that focus on the workforce, integration of a leadership academy into sites training systems, facilitation of agency-university partnerships, and stipends for students to earn a BSW or MSW focused on child welfare. Learn more about NCWWI here.

A key component of this project is the collection of workforce data through the Comprehensive Organizational Health Assessment (COHA). The COHA involves collecting data through multiple methods and from multiple sources, including a review of documents, an online survey administered to all staff, and focus groups or interviews with agency directors, managers, supervisors, caseworkers, support staff, and stakeholders from across the state or county. Baseline COHA data were collected from the seven workforce excellence sites in 2019 and follow-up data will be collected starting in 2022. Part of the effort for this position will be to assist with COHA data collection, management, and analysis.
This position is fully funded by Children Bureau Administration for Children and Families (grant # HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CT-1350). The Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Evaluation Principal Investigator, Dr. Amy He.

Essential Functions

Manuscript Publication and Presentation Development:

  • Develop manuscripts and reports for publication
  • Develop and give presentations for academic conferences, webinars, and internal audiences

Support Evaluation efforts for NCWWI: data collection, management, and analyses:

  • Data collection, including conducting stakeholder interviews and focus groups
  • Data management and cleaning, including working collaboratively to create systems for organization and sharing of evaluation data, and preparation of datasets for analysis.
  • Utilize mixed methodologies to analyze and triangulate quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Proficiency in data analysis software (SPSS or STATA; NVivo or AtlasTi).
  • Write up results and evaluation reports

Other Duties :

  • Participate in Butler work groups and committees as identified and/or assigned including those related to GSSWs Culture and
  • Climate Initiative and DUs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts
  • Attend and participate in DU and Butler-related meetings, trainings, and activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to meet timelines, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and perform responsibilities independently
  • Independent scholarship, e.g., self-directed manuscript development and creation of writing teams
  • Strong communication skills, including exemplary writing skills, ability to produce research reports for executive audiences, and collaboration with research and writing teams

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates with a Ph.D. in social work, sociology, psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, political science, or related field by the time of appointment
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by the time of hire
  • Candidates must be untenured and within 5 years of Ph.D.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Program or research experience related to professional development, workforce well-being, or child welfare
  • Experience working with research centers/institutes
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Work Schedule
40-hour work week typically worked between Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility and occasional evenings and weekends as required. Occasional travel maybe required for project support. Telework/remote work schedule available.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 18th, 2022.

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 GE.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000.

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 an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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