Research Associate

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

At the Burnes Center we believe that everyone deserves a home and access to services, and that data-driven research, policy and practice are key to meeting the challenge to prevent and end homelessness. The Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work provides information and expertise to help communities, policymakers and practitioners transform the lives of people experiencing poverty, housing insecurity and homelessness empowering them to live full lives of their choosing. We provide research, community assessments, policy analysis, program evaluation, technical assistance and data dissemination to address homelessness and housing insecurity. At the Burnes Center we review policies, assess and measure impact, determine the best use of resources, and use data to enhance existing programs and inform future policies and programs.

This position is for a Research Associate to provide leadership on our community assessment and technical assistance projects.

Position Summary

Research Associates support multiple research and evaluation projects. The research associate is responsible for community assessment, technical assistance, research and program evaluation activities, including: project and team management, community assessment and evaluation design, grant writing, hiring, managing and supervising staff including students, report writing, data collection and management approaches, statistical and/or qualitative analyses and interpretation, planning research and evaluation studies and framing research/evaluation questions, identifying appropriate instrumentation to address research questions, synthesizing information from diverse data sources, and disseminating materials through reports, publications, and presentations.

The Research Associate engages as a collaborative partner with external agencies and communities to implement evaluation, community assessment, and technical assistance activities. Responsibilities also include project management such as budget projections, coordinating multiple tasks and stakeholders, management of internal project teams and interns and collaborating to help write evaluation grant proposals and reports. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Burnes Center.

The Research Associate has experience working to address the issue of homelessness. The research associate also has experience using data and research to address the issue of homelessness. This position will be responsible for report writing and dissemination and contributing to developing proposals and grants. This position usually supervises and mentors Research Assistants including students.

Essential Functions

  • 40% Design and delivery of evaluation, community assessment, training and technical assistance projects
  • 20% Grant writing and report writing
  • 15% Staff management (including students)
  • 15% Administrative responsibilities for evaluation, community assessment, training and technical assistance projects
  • 10% Relationship building with external stakeholders

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Highly organized; able to manage multiple projects
  • Broad array of assessment and technical assistance skills in the poverty and homelessness field including familiarity with homelessness data systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of poverty, homelessness, and housing and the systems serving these issues.
  • Planning and carrying out complex community-based projects with multiple stakeholders and varied interests.
  • Experience in project management including coordinating multiple tasks and stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing skills for report generation and grant applications and quality presentation abilities
  • Administrative skills and skills navigating complex administrative departments in a University system
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently
  • Ability to form strong community relationships and to secure external funding
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities

Required Qualifications

  • Masters of Social Work (or equivalent) degree
  • 2 years of relevant work experience in social services and research ad evaluation

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience in research, evaluation and homelessness systems.
  • Experience in systems evaluation, homelessness data systems, continuums of care and homelessness street outreach.
  • Experience designing and administering web-based surveys, delivery of qualitative interviews and focus groups, and synthesizing information from literature reviews.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  • Some work in the Denver metro community and around the state. 

Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 30 lbs.
  • May be required to drive on University business.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on October 21, 2019.

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

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

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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