Researcher / Sr. Researcher

Chapin Hall
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Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center at the University of Chicago that provides public and private decision-makers with rigorous research and achievable solutions to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. Chapin Hall partners with policymakers, practitioners, and philanthropists at the forefront of research and policy development by applying a unique blend of scientific research, real-world experience, and policy expertise to construct actionable information, practical tools, and, ultimately, positive change for children, youth, and families. Established in 1985, Chapin Hall's areas of research include child welfare systems, community capacity to support children and families, and youth homelessness. For more information about Chapin Hall, visit www.chapinhall.org or @Chapin_Hall.

Chapin Hall’s partnership mindset is demonstrated in our commitment to employees. We foster a collaborative, innovative work environment and are committed to diversity and inclusion in our culture, projects, and workforce. We embrace diverse backgrounds, diverse perspectives, and diverse experiences. We recruit innovative, motivated, multidisciplinary staff committed to fostering a collaborative setting and highly effective teams. We are dedicated to a respectful and inclusive work environment, work-life flexibility, and partnerships that support diversity and equity among our staff and the communities we support. Our inclusive approach makes us a better and stronger organization.

We are committed to maintaining a flexible, family-friendly work culture that meets the needs of our staff and partners. We embrace a work from anywhere mindset that enables our staff to be empowered regarding their work and personal commitments while working remotely.

This position reports to Director of Research Anne Farrell. The selected candidate may choose to work either remotely from anywhere in the United States or from Chapin Hall’s office located at 1313 East 60th St., Chicago, IL.

We seek a highly committed, creative researcher to occupy a critical role in our diverse, interdisciplinary, and expanding team committed to creating evidence to prevent and end youth and family homelessness. The Researcher/Senior Researcher will collaborate on design and implementation of rigorous research, support implementation and adaptation, and contribute integrated approaches to analysis and co-interpretation. This position entails a primary focus on quantitative research methods with a commitment to working within a team to bring a range of data sources and types to inform understanding and action. The successful candidate will have a track record of accomplishment that connects closely to our agenda. We seek an individual who will round out our team and be motivated to pursue with increasing autonomy a research agenda focused on the well-being of individuals experiencing or at risk for homelessness. We look forward to welcoming a new colleague, an exchange of ideas, and a collaboration that will lead to more equitable circumstances and enhanced well-being for young people and families.

The following technical competencies apply to this position:
1. Research Methods
2. Data/Statistical Analysis and Interpretation
3. Domain Knowledge/Subject Matter Expertise (SME)
4. Technical and Translational Documentation & Writing
5. Business Development & Acumen
6. Implementation Support and Capacity Building
7. Presentation Skills
8. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary responsibilities of the position include:
• Design, conduct, and dissemination of policy-relevant research: Contribute to and co-lead design, planning, implementation, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of rigorous impact/outcome evaluations (effectiveness studies), mixed methods, and/or formative evaluations of interventions to prevent and address youth and family homelessness (direct cash transfer programs, housing interventions, supportive programming, prevention models) and/or supporting positive youth development and transition to adulthood.
• Project management, teaming, and leadership: Partnering with, consulting, supporting, mentoring, and supervising team colleagues, with a high degree of intellectual curiosity and the flexibility to engage in role release and continuous learning.
• Commitment to Equity: Evidence of commitment to equity-centered, feasible, socially valid research embedded in a clear theoretical framework and nested in systems and policy contexts; this commitment undergirds the (co)development and oversight of high-quality research protocols, analysis plans, dissemination, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications.
• Partnership: Build and strengthen partnerships with research/policy colleagues, young people with lived expertise, public agencies (local, state, federal), funders, and non-profit organizations to design, fund, plan, and implement evaluations and studies related to youth and family homelessness.
• Portfolio Development: Identify and develop opportunities for new research and evaluation directions to build on or enhance existing efforts and advance Chapin Hall’s mission; and
• Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

• Education: Doctoral degree in public policy, social work, psychology, public health, epidemiology, statistics, economics, or related field. The successful candidate will demonstrate an excellent command of research methods with demonstrated experience of carrying out rigorous and translational research and evaluation.
• Rank: Rank will be determined by the level of experience and track record of accomplishment. A senior researcher is expected to have a thematic portfolio of research, including autonomous and collaborative research design, a record of publication, successful proposal writing experience, leadership of research projects, effective mentoring/supervision, and substantive project management. A researcher is expected to demonstrate independent contributions to research design, analysis, and interpretation; oversee development and selection of data collection tools and methods, possess effective project and partner management skills, and contribute substantively to products, proposals, and dissemination.
• Experience: Experience designing and carrying out outcomes/impact evaluations and/or mixed methods implementation and evaluation of relevant economic, housing, and/or psychosocial interventions, including excellent research methods and data analysis.
• Portfolio-Relevant Expertise: Skills, knowledge, and experience with methods and subject matter aligned with our homelessness portfolio, for example: experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation; longitudinal data collection; survey research, measure development, and validation; systematic reviews and meta-analysis; public health research strategies; and linking and analyzing administrative data.
• Research Ethics and Compliance: Experiencing crafting research protocols, analysis plans, and knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations and Institutional Review Board (IRB) standards and applications.
• Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication/presentation skills for diverse audiences; ability to write and speak with clarity and coherence in alignment with established research reporting standards; capacity for effective translational communication to policymakers, practitioners, and other audiences.
• Subject matter expertise within areas closely connected to our portfolio, including youth development, transition to adulthood, housing instability and homelessness, criminal legal systems, disproportional systems contact, direct cash transfers, or related social protection or economic interventions, and/or education, child welfare, and/or community interventions.
• Project management: Demonstrated ability to manage research projects, workplans, and protocols (required); experience managing teams and budgets (preferred).
Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae along with a cover letter highlighting areas of fit with the position description and requirements, including accomplishments relevant to rank.

MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Chapin Hall is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time; prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
• Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.

Important Note for Potential Candidates: On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a six-point COVID-19 action plan. As a follow up to the initial announcement, the government has shared more details about the federal contractor guidance, including that staff who work for businesses that perform certain federal contracts are required to be fully vaccinated. As a federal contractor, Chapin Hall must follow and implement the federal vaccination requirements. This requirement applies to all current and future Chapin Hall employees. Chapin Hall is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to any qualified individual who because of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice receives an exemption from the vaccination requirement, provided that such accommodation would not result in an undue hardship for the organization.

Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago positions.

Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete the application process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157, or by sending an email to [email protected].
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, citizenship status, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, status as an individual with disability, ancestry, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
 

Organization Summary

Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center at the University of Chicago that provides public and private decision-makers with rigorous research and achievable solutions to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. Chapin Hall partners with policymakers, practitioners, and philanthropists at the forefront of research and policy development by applying a unique blend of scientific research, real-world experience, and policy expertise to construct actionable information, practical tools, and, ultimately, positive change for children, youth, and families. Established in 1985, Chapin Hall's areas of research include child welfare systems, community capacity to support children and families, and youth homelessness. For more information about Chapin Hall, visit www.chapinhall.org or @Chapin_Hall.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Location

1313 E 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

How to Apply

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Formal expressions of interest are accepted online only.
A cover letter, CV, writing sample, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.