Research Associate I, IHAC

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is a specialized program within the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver which intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals, and the environment. This is accomplished through social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Focusing on three core areas of Therapeutic Human-Animal Interventions, Animals in Communities and One Health, IHAC operationalizes its mission through innovation in education, research and advocacy.

Position Summary

The Research Associate I will be an integral member of the IHAC Research program and is responsible for overseeing project management including data collection, managing internal project teams, helping supervise Research Fellow(s), overseeing research assistants, and may mentor graduate student interns. The Research Associate I is also responsible for giving input on grant proposals, contributing to study design, statistical analysis and interpretation, participating in qualitative analysis and interpretation, and helping to write manuscript and conference abstracts for research projects. This person may assist with designing a portfolio of studies that measures how incorporating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations in in companion animal welfare programs can promote positive One Health outcomes. The Research Associate I engages as a collaborative partner with the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, Research Fellows, Research Assistants, external agencies, and community stakeholders to implement research activities.

This is a full-time position that is currently funded through June 2024. This position includes travel, as needed, to implement research and disseminate findings. This position could be structured as a remote position, provided the Research Associate I is readily available for meetings by Zoom during regular business hours (Monday Friday, 9AM 5PM Mountain Time). Our remote team members may be asked to travel to be in-person for special events (e.g., conferences, trainings, annual meetings, public events).

The Research Associate I reports directly to the Assistant Director of Research. The Research Associate I is considered a staff member of IHAC and may be asked to join meetings, events and other institute-based activities. Individuals with a graduate degree in the social or physical sciences or comparable experience who plan to pursue a career in academic scholarship, research, or program evaluation are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in considering applications from members of historically marginalized groups, first generation college graduates, or those who work on topics related to these issues.

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denver's policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Project Management - Independently manages day-to-day tasks for research projects, including supporting communication with multiple stakeholders, establishing and upholding project timelines, identifying project-wide issues and solutions.

Project Design - May design surveys and interview/focus group protocols, assist with the design of quantitative or qualitative research or evaluation studies, help frame research questions, and assist with development of qualitative and quantitative data collection protocols and methodologies.

Data Collection, Management, and Analysis - Oversees implementation of data collection and management activities, including: data collection, database design and management, use of statistical packages and visualization tools.  May make initial interpretations of data and conclusions.

Reporting and Publications - Contributes to reports, publications, and dissemination as a co-author or co-presenter.  Able to translate study findings to different stakeholders and audiences

Collaboration - Communicates with community and interdisciplinary collaborators and may act as spokesperson on research matters with sponsors

Proposals - May assist in identifying and writing grant proposals

Supervision & Hiring - Supervises research assistants, research fellows or supervise graduate student interns.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Broad array of research skills, including qualitative and/or quantitative methods, statistical analysis, and interpretation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with research and evaluation participants, sponsors, supervisees, and university stafStrong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced user of Excel, SPSS, and Dedoose or comparable software.
  • Demonstrated skills and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the ability to approach work with diverse communities with respect and humility, as a listener and learner. 
  • Experience translating research findings into practice with multiple audiences using a variety of techniques.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in the social or physical sciences (MA, MS, MSW, PhD) or equivalent combination of education and work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience in related fields (e.g. animal sheltering or animal control outreach services, community organizing, human service case management, public health administration, environmental health and safety)
  • Two or more years of experience in research or evaluation of interventions including participating in the implementation of quantitative and/or qualitative research or evaluation studies and ability to lead components of these studies
  • One year of experience in project management, including supervising and/or coordinating the work of teams, providing strategy and support to leadership, and managing time effectively
  • Proficiency in one or more additional languages (beyond English), with particular interest in Spanish
  • Strong understanding of inferential statistics and/ or qualitative analysis techniques

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) June 16, 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 9.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $60,000.

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.

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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