Staff Researcher/Project Coordinator, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) is a strategic research partner for government and the community. The Colorado Lab was launched as a collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado Governor's office. The mission of the Colorado Lab is to improve the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and efficient person-centered services. The Colorado Lab approach is responsive to the needs of government partners, serving as a connector between government agencies and the research community and prioritizing work that would not happen but for the Colorado Lab. The projects the Colorado Lab engages in are cross system, person-centered, and aligned with the Governors priority social and health policy areas.

The Colorado Lab team consists of the Director, Deputy Director, Director of Data Integration and Analytics, three Sr. Researchers/Project Managers, and an Operations Manager. The Colorado Lab also works closely with a network of affiliated researchers at universities throughout the state. Colorado Lab research staff are required to possess a solid understanding of applied research methods, strong written and oral communication skills for explaining technical topics to non-experts, and technical skills necessary to efficiently manage and analyze complex data. Staff members are expected to engage in a collaborative learning environment where employees are highly responsive to each other as well as to government and research partners. Staff hold themselves and each other responsible for completing high quality, well-documented work in a timely fashion.

Position Summary

The Colorado Lab seeks to add one additional staff member at the Staff Researcher/Project Coordinator level to support evidence-building among recipients of RISE Education Funds. The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact operationally, educationally, and economically on P-12 school districts, charter schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as students, parents, and families. To address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19 and promote innovation, Colorado has awarded over $40 million in RISE grants to educational institutions using federal Governors Emergency Education Relief Funds. The Colorado Lab is supporting approximately 10 awardees in moving their programs along the steps to building evidence (https://coloradolab.org/about-us/our-approach-to-building- evidence/) to support these new and innovative approaches in developing and positively impacting student and family outcomes. Additionally, the Lab is working to ensure that lessons learned from these efforts are documented and communicated to other schools who might benefit from similar approaches.

Funding for this position is secured through March 2023. Future federal and state stimulus funds may provide opportunities for continued evaluation support that would allow the position to continue beyond that date.

Essential Functions

The position will support project leads on all aspects of RISE projects, which involve multiple partners, tight deadlines, and sensitive data. Example functions include:

  • Develop trusting relationships with RISE project partners by being responsive and communicating clearly and appropriately about project-related issues.
  • Complete a variety of analytic tasks, including data management and analysis, based on a project plan, recommending deviations from the plan as appropriate.
  • Gather primary data, if relevant for a project, such as developing surveys, conducting focus groups or interviews.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Support project management and shepherd projects through the Institutional Review Board process, as needed.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing to a lay audience about technical analytic and policy issues. Develop data visualizations. Develop content for layered communication such as executive summaries, factsheets, social media messaging.
  • Engage in other duties as necessary, requested, and appropriate to support the mission of the Colorado Lab.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated passion for improving government performance and addressing complex social problems.
  • Excellence in both written and oral communications.
  • Experience with technical writing for research audiences, policy memos for policymakers and practitioners, and slide decks.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and creativity in problem solving.
  • Solid quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. Experience generating and/or using data to drive insights and action.
  • Self-motivated with an orientation towards results and a track record of driving results with limited supervisory direction.
  • Eagerness to learn, attention to detail, and ability to balance competing priorities and tight deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's in public policy, public health, anthropology, sociology, economics, criminal justice, law, or a related field.
  • 3 years of experience working in or conducting research or evaluation, at least 1 of which is in a K-12 educational setting.
  • Experience working with administrative data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in implementation science.
  • Experience using a variety of statistical programs (e.g., STATA, R, SPSS, SAS).

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 2, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 11.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000.

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 candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits
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
3. Writing sample (excerpt max 4 pages). If you are not the sole author, provide a brief description of your role in the developing the product.

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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