Research Assistant II

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) has administered numerous externally funded projects serving children and families. The Butler Institute for Families (Butler), established in 1994, is affiliated with GSSW and is 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 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 and evaluation to inform practice and practice to inform research and evaluation. We also offer professional development and job growth opportunities, flexible schedules, and the opportunity to work 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. This is a grant-funded position, and while Butler often has new projects that can replace a project that ends, Butler cannot guarantee positions after the end of grant-funding.

Position Summary

This position will serve full-time as a Research Assistant II supporting several grant-funded evaluation projects primarily in the Tribal Child Welfare content area of Butler. 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 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. This position will report to a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate at the Butler Institute for Families.

Essential Functions

Project Management and Project Design

  • Participates in organizing and implementing project tasks.
  • Completes individual tasks on time or communicates progress in a timely manner.
  • Works independently and contributes effectively to group tasks.
  • Drafts and submits Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications.
  • Creates surveys in Qualtrics or similar software.
  • Assists in the development of participant communications.
  • Provides project support, including meeting minutes, internal and external meetings, review of consultant invoices, and other administrative duties.

Data Collection and Management

  • Coordinates data collection activities under supervision of a Research Associate.
  • Schedules interviews and focus groups.
  • Conducts structured interviews, supports and documents focus groups, and manages logistical functions.
  • Administers research incentives; coordinates gift card tracking and distribution.
  • Manages data including manual data entry, tracking response rates, and cleaning data sets prior to analysis.
  • Prepares qualitative data for analysis, including transcribing or coordinating with transcription services, and managing qualitative data files.

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Conducts basic statistical analyses.
  • Codes qualitative data and identifies themes and utilizes basics of SPSS, Excel, and/or Atlas.ti or NVivo.
  • Conducts reviews of literature and assists with generating and verifying citations and references list.
  • Assists with designing, formatting, developing, editing, and revision of reports, handouts, and presentations.
  • Drafts sections of reports and articles.
  • May participate in conference presentations.

Other Duties

  • Attend and participate in DU and Butler-related meetings, trainings, and activities, including organizational workgroups and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including effective email correspondence.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with research and evaluation participants, sponsors, and university staff.
  • Approaches work with diverse communities with respect and humility, as a listener and learner.
  • Able to listen to understand, respect, and honor different viewpoints and perspectives.
  • Eager to learn and grow new research and evaluation skills.
  • Strong project coordination and task-management skills.
  • Ability to balance and coordinate tasks and deadlines across multiple projects.
  • Able to identify problems and initiate solutions.
  • Can produce and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics (frequencies, means, t-tests, correlation, regression, ANOVAs).
  • Can independently code qualitative data.
  • Able to discern relevance and/or importance of research findings and present them.
  • Ability to read and interpret research literature.
  • Effectively communicates with community and interdisciplinary collaborators.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in social work, psychology, or a related field
  • 1-2 years of professional experience 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 and/or communities of color
  • Experience working in child welfare
  • Ability to create and manage databases in SPSS
  • Ability to code qualitative data using Atlas-ti or NVivo
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Primarily remote work with option to work outside of the Denver area. Occasional travel for projects required, including travel twice yearly to Denver for in-person meetings.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 8, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

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 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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