Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Partners for Our Children (POC) was founded in 2007 to focus new thinking, resources and expertise on the state's child welfare system. POC is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the University of Washington School of Social Work and the private sector. POC is based on campus at the UW and has the opportunity to leverage the academic community to optimize our work.
POC performs needed research and data analysis and translates its findings for key partners in the child welfare system. Partners for Our Children's focus is on identifying the most promising practices, policy changes and programs that will have the most significant impact for children and families in Washington State.
Partners for Our Children, has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Consultant to support research and evaluation projects developing and assessing interventions with vulnerable children and families and with the public child welfare workforce. This position will involve collaboration, research design, data collection and analysis, and contributing to dissemination of research and will provide an opportunity to design and implement evaluation strategies in support of continuous quality improvement efforts.
This position will promote evidence informed child welfare policy and practice by reviewing research literature, coordinating evaluation projects, designing data collection tools, conducting data analysis, and sharing findings to inform program development. This position will require strong collaboration skills to address barriers to implementation, support the use of technology and the use of data to for continuous quality improvement.
The Research Consultant contributes to the development and assessment of interventions and the evaluation of a competency based workforce development system for the state child welfare agency. This position leverages research and knowledge from the University to benefit those who serve vulnerable children and families throughout WA.
Under the direction of research scientists and project managers:
Responsible for developing, creating and managing data collection instruments and administration of on-line surveys, interviews and focus groups; with knowledge of/experience with Human Subjects training, qualitative interviewing and focus groups, development of quantitative surveys and interviews, survey programming, tracking and analysis.
Using RedCap, Excel and Access databases: collect, enter and manage qualitative and quantitative data using web-based platforms and statistical software.
Uphold client confidentiality and adhere to ethical guidelines of research with human subjects.
Using basic descriptive analysis and developed skills in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpretation, conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpret findings.
Uses independent judgement in contributing to research projects via research design and preparation of IRB proposals. Assist with the preparation of IRB proposal and documents using knowledge of WSIRB guidelines, policies and procedures.
Engages autonomously with project partners (community based providers, visitation providers, WA State Department of Social and Health Services Children's Administration staff and supervisors, UW faculty and students) to collaboratively establish shared priorities and develop evaluation methods that are both meaningful and feasible for the participants and stakeholders.
Disseminate research and evaluation results to stakeholders via oral presentations, facilitated discussions, and written reports. Draft presentations and written reports for Senior Research Scientist.
Provide timely feedback to partners to inform ongoing quality improvement.
Organize and lead POC project meetings, track project timelines and deliverable. Participate in POC all-staff meetings and maintain positive relationships and timely communication with partners and stakeholders.
Master's degree in social work or related field.
Minimum of two years of experience working in a child welfare, youth and family services, program evaluation, research or analysis setting.
Demonstrated strength in interdisciplinary collaboration, consensus-building and strategic thinking.
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
Attention to detail and ability to track over time.
Knowledge of APA style for professional writing.
Washington State approved human subject's training (must be completed within 30 days of hire)
Experience translating complex ideas and data into user friendly language
Demonstrated ability with qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpretation.
Demonstrated ability to balance multiple demands simultaneously under time constraint and meet project deadlines and deliverables
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
Attention to detail and quality
Strong initiative, problem-solving and self-starting approach, flexibility, the ability to deal effectively with rapid growth and change, and the ability to organize and prioritize work quickly in response to changing needs.
Knowledge of the US and Washington state child welfare policy and practice.
Strengths-based perspective with a focus on continuous quality improvement.
Experience in developing IRB applications, managing confidential data collection and analysis, and maintaining ethical standards that guide research and evaluation.
Facility with web-based survey tools such as Qualtrics or RedCap.
Ability to manage qualitative data through web-based qualitative software such ATLAS/ti and NUD IST.
Experience with phone interviewing with vulnerable populations.
Descriptive quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
Experience in the use of statistical software such as SPSS, R, STATA.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.