The Research Specialist will advance the research design, methods, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of Educare Learning Network research to answer questions of value to the Network and field: The Research Specialist will 1) conduct secondary analyses of existing Network data, 2) collaborate with senior Ounce researchers, external research partners and stakeholders, and the Ounce marketing-communications team to translate, synthesize, package, and disseminate existing and new Network research findings, and 3) serve as a lead PI or co-PI on at least one upcoming sub-study of priority problems of practice identified by Educare schools.
Essential Job Duties
Conduct advanced statistical analyses of quantitative data and collaborate on the interpretation and translation of findings and translation for multiple audiences.
Contribute to the identification of new research questions and the specification and execution of corresponding research designs and analyses, including both new studies and secondary analyses of existing data that 1) address practice-focused areas of inquiry, 2) explore variation in implementation across the Network, and 3) examine the outcomes and trajectories of Educare children and their families.
Conduct sophisticated analyses of data to respond to priority questions and concerns raised by Network partners, the Educare Leadership Council, and other stakeholders.
Collaborate with Ounce researchers and national and local evaluation partners on academic publications and presentations at research conferences and annual Network Meetings to support dissemination of research within and beyond the Network.
Partner with program and research staff to catalyze and support research that advances the Educare Learning Network’s national research agenda and priorities.
Conduct analyses, writing, and data preparation to support processes and routines for reflective data dialogues on network-wide trends.
Work as part of the Ounce Research team to introduce new methodologies and approaches to evaluation and research to the Network.
Lead and collaborate on research-related grant writing/proposal development.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Master’s degree with at least 5 years of research and/or evaluation experience with progressive levels of responsibility,
D. complete or completion within 6 months in Child or Human Development, Psychology, Family Studies, Social Work, or related field that represents expertise in the field of early childhood education.
Excellent understanding of research design including: methodology, sampling, questionnaire or measure development, data collection, analysis, interpretation, report writing, and presentation.
Minimum five years of experience conducting research projects with a minimum of two years in applied research or program settings.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Experience conducting research in early childhood settings.
Interest in, and proficiency with, a variety of advanced quantitative analytic techniques required.
Proficiency in computer software for statistical analyses including SPSS, STATA, R or similar statistical programs.
Experience with using computer software for presentations, data visualization, and word processing.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to interpret and communicate research findings to a variety of audiences including funders, Board members, policymakers, program leadership, practitioners, families, and other researchers.
Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team as a cooperative and supportive team member.
Ability to maintain an independent perspective while collaborating closely with a wide variety of personnel.
Understanding of the organic nature of programs and how research methodology can be adapted is a plus.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities and staff.
Ability to represent the Network, organization, and division in professional and public settings.
Proficiency in qualitative and mixed methods research design, methods, and analysis.
Proficiency in software for qualitative analysis including NVivo.
Internal Number: 001
About Ounce of Prevention Fund
Here’s what we do:We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.We advocate for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.We partner with advocacy organizations in 17 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.