The Center for Policy Research (CPR) is seeking a full-time Research Associate. This position will lead and support other CPR staff on multiple research and evaluation projects. CPR’s research and technical assistance projects include domestic violence, economic mobility, youth development, evidence-building for child welfare interventions, responsible fatherhood, employment programs for high barrier populations, child support guidelines and demonstration projects. The Research Associate would work collaboratively with other CPR researchers as well as staff in research and advocacy agencies with whom CPR partners. CPR is a small organization that does big research. This is a unique opportunity to make an impact by helping develop, conduct, and disseminate large-scale research and evaluation projects with national policy significance.
- Participate in business development through identification of potential projects, collaboration with partners, project design and proposal writing.
- Develop and implement research and evaluation plans, including instrument design, database development and data collection strategies, conduct literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, and observations, and determine and produce deliverables.
- Provide general project administration, including managing and producing deliverables, budget, and client relations.
- Conduct evaluation and other research, using qualitative and quantitative research methods to conduct analysis with internal and external data sources.
- Prepare comprehensive reports, presentations, briefs and other communication of project recommendations and results.
- Develop content knowledge and provide subject matter and evaluation technical assistance to project sponsors and staff.
- Collaborate with external partners and sponsors on project development and implementation.
- Supervise and delegate activities to CPR Research Assistants.
- Liaise with project clients to plan projects, support project implementation, monitor progress, address project improvements, and apply learning.
- Collaborate with CPR staff to enhance individual and organizational skills at incorporating equity into research and evaluation projects.
Minimum Qualifications for Research Associate
- Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, community psychology, social work, statistics, public policy, or a related field
- 5 years of experience working in a research and/or policy environment that included quantitative and qualitative research and required a high level of organization skills, independence, attention to detail and multi-agency collaboration
- Research and technical assistance experience with economic mobility and public benefit programs, domestic and sexual violence, child welfare, youth development or related issues.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office within a SharePoint platform
- Experience with data instrument design, collection and analysis using SPSS
- Experience with project evaluation and quantitative and qualitative research
- Experience with policy assessment, analysis and/or change
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Flexible and self-motivated, with a strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking a collaborative and supportive or leadership role as the situation requires
Annual Salary and Benefits
The expected annual salary range is $80,000 to $90,000 plus employer-paid health insurance, an employer contribution of 10% gross salary to the organizational retirement plan, and 20 days of PTO/year.
CPR has both on-site and remote employees. Denver area employees enjoy a hybrid work environment of both on-site and remote work at our Denver office. CPR maintains close communication with its non-Colorado employees through daily emails, virtual calls and periodic in-person meetings in Denver and/or at project sites and national conferences. CPR also offers flexible working hours for all employees, including non-Colorado employees residing in different time zones.
About the Center for Policy Research
CPR is a nonprofit research and evaluation center located in central Denver. Most of our clients or project partners are state and local human services agencies and nonprofits. We specialize in the evaluation of social and human service programs. CPR’s current research projects are focused on domestic violence services, services for youth who are homeless or in foster care, economic mobility, youth development, evidence building, child support policy, and fatherhood programs.
How to Apply
Please send: (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV/resume, (3) a writing sample, and (4) three professional references to email@example.com. No phone calls please. Screening of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
CPR encourages applications from a diverse group of applicants. For over 40 years, Center for Policy Research (CPR) has worked to improve the lives of children and families who face social and economic barriers and systematic racism. We do this by evaluating various human services programs, assessing whether, how and for whom they work, and recommending ways to improve how they operate and who they serve. CPR is committed to achieving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in its workplace, its research activities, and in the larger society. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, pursue research projects that promote social justice, and disseminate our work to human services practitioners and policymakers so that it is used to make positive social change.