Mar 05, 2020

Research Associate

  • IL Action for Children
  • 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Research, the Research Associate conducts program and policy research, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and management to support Illinois Action for Children’s program implementation and inform the development of program and public policy. The emphasis for this position will be qualitative researchThe Research Associate collaborates within the Research and Policy teams and with other departments and organizations to assist or lead in the development and production of data sets, fact sheets, web data, presentations and reports.   Often the Research Associate must work on several projects at once. All work is to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. In collaboration with the Research team, designs, conducts and reports qualitative research and evaluation for Illinois Action for Children on its programs, city and state programs and policies, and population of interest.
  2. Develops or assists in developing qualitative data collection tools, such as protocols for surveys, focus groups, and interviews, and databases.
  3. Follows protocols in collecting and storing data, and protecting confidential data.
  4. Analyzes qualitative data using appropriate methods and tools.
  5. Reports qualitative findings in written reports, presentations, web pages, fact sheets, and other communications in a style appropriate to Illinois Action for Children’s multiple audiences, including agency staff, the public, customers, parents, child care and early education providers, policy makers, and advocates.
  6. Develops detailed working knowledge of Illinois Action for Children’s programs, and the related programs of their local, state, federal and community partners.
  7. As needed, conducts and reports descriptive quantitative analysis of data sets such as program data sets, census data, and supports research team in this work.Assists Research team and Public Policy and Advocacy team in designing rigorous and relevant policy research.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Minimum Bachelor's degree and five years related research experience and/or training in databases, statistical packages, data visualization. Graduate degree in a relevant field of study or several years of research experience is preferred.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to manipulate technical software such as ArcView for mapping and SPSS for statistical analysis. 
  • Ability to concentrate on research projects and data accurately for extended periods of time. The position might requires effectively manipulating large data sets and being able to check and correct work.
  • Ability to be flexible in adjusting project timelines as circumstances demand.
  • Ability to communicate research to non-specialists at a range of levels, from individual facts and details to high-level planning.
  • Ability to develop professional understanding of the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program; the referral program and database (DTP); the child care and early learning system in Illinois; Illinois Action for Children departments; Illinois, Cook County and Chicago governments; and partners of Illinois Action for Children.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred
  • Ability to interview, conduct focus groups and write survey questions in Spanish.   

 Salary: $47,100            Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL        

IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.

States

IL  

Salary

$47,100 per year

Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

Job Requirements

Minimum Bachelor's degree and five years related research experience and/or training in databases, statistical packages, data visualization. Graduate degree in a relevant field of study or several years of research experience is preferred.


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