Evaluation Research Associate

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

December 6, 2021


Posting Information Department Social Medicine-424901

Career Area Research Professionals Posting Open Date 11/22/2021 Application Deadline 12/06/2021 Open Until Filled No Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF) Working Title Evaluation Research Associate Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Position Number 20041057 Vacancy ID NF0005420 Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Permanent FTE 1 Hours per week 40 Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range Dependent on Qualifications Proposed Start Date 01/03/2022

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Flexible work arrangements, including remote/hybrid work locations, are an integral part of the School of Medicine's Working Forward initiative. As such, this position's work location is designated as remote. Please note that the designated work location is subject to change based on the unit's business needs.

Abacus Consulting and Evaluation Services (Abacus) is a Research Service Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Abacus specializes in evaluation, network analytics, and data science & analytics and is committed to amplifying impact and effectiveness of client and partner projects. Abacus' leadership consists of experienced evaluators who maintain currency with state-of-the-art research and evaluation methodologies. Abacus uses a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to address the research and evaluation questions identified in our projects. This position will manage, develop, and grow the capacity for evaluation research within Abacus.

The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.

OUR VISION Our vision is to be the nation's leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.

OUR MISSION Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.

Education: We will prepare tomorrow's health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team- oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.

Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Position Summary

The Evaluation Research Associate will support the development and implementation of evaluation research methods in projects within Abacus. The Evaluation Research Associate will lead, co-lead or assist evaluation teams with instrument development, data collection, and data management of research and evaluation programs. This position will work closely with the Director of Abacus Dr. Gaurav Dave and Associate Director of Research and Development Dr. Mary Wolfe, to build client relationships before and during project startup. They will serve as a liaison with partner organizations and clients within and outside the US. In addition to independent technical and research tasks, the Evaluation Research Associate will have a supervisory role in research activities that require an advanced level of knowledge in the fields of evaluation, research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), and development of scholarly and client-focused products. Tasks within the scope of this role are predominantly intellectual and varied in character, requiring consistent use of independent discretion and judgment. The Evaluation Research Associate will play a key role in the development of proposals for funding agencies; conception and startup of new projects; methodological support for existing projects; and supervision of graduate students and other lab/field personnel in research activities. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

-Design, plan, conduct, and coordinate evaluation research in support of various projects; evaluate, select, and apply standard research methods; keep detailed records of data; use software to perform statistical analyses; apply qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approached to evaluation of research projects; and summarize results for inclusion in scientific and clientele-oriented publications.

-Maintain currency on innovative methods in evaluation and mixed methods research; advise evaluation and data teams on various research methods.

-Prepare and write proposals to funding agencies; maintain financial accounts related to research projects; supervise undergraduate or graduate students and other RSC staff involved in research; and coordinate the review of work completed by research staff.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant Bachelor's degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Three years' experience related to research/evaluation or program management. Substantial and demonstrated ability to work independently and within complex research environments. Clear and effective communication of technical detail of evaluation methods to audiences with varied expertise. Strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, supervision, and leadership skills. Documented skills and experience in project management and pre-award processes. Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively, to help plan the work of others, and to work collaboratively with a variety of individuals.

Evaluation and Research Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of evaluation research methods, mixed/multi methods approaches, social/clinical research principles, study design and survey instrument development, methods of data collection and analysis. Knowledge of statistics to organize, analyze, and report data/information to Abacus teams, faculty, and outside organizations such as the NIH. Ability to provide consultation on evaluation and research design to stakeholders. Ability to translate the program vision, plans, and aims into evaluation plans. Ability to compose and present accurate and clearly written reports, scholarly products, and research findings in an understandable and accessible format to a range of audiences. Documented skills in project management. Highly organized.

Data Management: Ability to identify, evaluate, and modify data collection methods and instruments. Strong quantitative and qualitative data collection and data management skills. Established data analysis skillset in cleaning, exploring, analyzing data, and interpreting results. Ability to clearly articulate data quality assurances or limitations of data. Proficient in statistical software (e.g., STATA, R) and survey and qualitative analysis tools (e.g., REDCap, ATLAS.ti). Strategic Planning:

Ability to identify and pursue new opportunities for expanding research and development team capacity and productivity. Ability to contribute to leadership team initiatives, operations and process improvements, and new business development thoughtfully and creatively. Demonstrated collaborative problem solving and ability to identify current or potential obstacles. Interest in and experience with starting new initiatives. Communication:

Excellent communication skills, verbal and written. Proven ability to manage others and successfully lead a team with varied degrees of experience and technical expertise. Ability to lead exchange of research information through technical assistance and instruction. Serves as the primary (initial) consultant for new client projects from startup to team hand-off. Independently provides consultation to clients and others related to the structure, strategy, and goals of the program. Demonstrated comfort with working with lay and clinical community, state health departments, government agencies and academic institutions/investigators.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Supervision experience of teams with varying levels of education, skills, and expertise. Communication and design skills integrated with data presentation and conveying key messages. Technical expertise in evaluation methods, frameworks, and designs. Master of Public Health or equivalent degree preferred. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

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Department Contact Name and Title Josh Herman - HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone or Email joshherman@med.unc.edu Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to employment@unc.edu Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
  • Bachelor's degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
  • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
  • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
  • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
  • None of the above
  • Do you have experience writing scientific grant proposal documents?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have experience working in collaborative environments with multi-disciplinary teams?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have 3 years of experience related to research, evaluation, and/or program management?
  • Yes
  • No
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