Associate Research Social Scientist

University Of Arizona Tucson , AZ 85704

Posted 2 months ago

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Title Associate Research Social Scientist Department SW Institute for Rsch on Women (0445) Location Main Campus Position Summary

The Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) [] at The University of Arizona [] invites applications for an Associate Research Social Scientist to start as soon as possible.

The Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) seeks an Associate Research Social Scientist with strong interest in socio-psychological health-related research and service programs. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and scholars on a grant-funded project aimed at addressing the opioid crisis by partnering with a community health center to enhance and expand comprehensive medication-assisted treatment for people with opioid use disorder. SIROW's role on the project is to conduct a performance and outcome evaluation to assess impact of the project and to support ongoing project improvement efforts. The successful candidate will work with the SIROW project principal investigator to help lead the evaluation and manage the research assistant. The successful candidate is also expected to play a role in the pursuit of additional extramural funding.

Depending on the availability of grant funds, the successful candidate might have an opportunity to work on other grant-funded projects concerning the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs serving traditionally underserved populations and health disparate populations, such as individuals of racial/ethnic minority status. The programs are in the subareas of behavioral health, sexual and relationship health, education, housing stability, and economic well-being. Many projects address more than one subarea, such as linking homeless, transitional age youth and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+ to a trauma-informed system of care that includes linkages to permanent supportive housing and primary health care, case management services, substance abuse and mental health treatment and a wide array of recovery support services.

SIROW supports the UA's diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The Associate Research Social Scientist is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

This is a fiscal year appointment supported by extramural funding. Duration of the appointment is dependent on performance, budget availability and the incumbent's success in working independently and with the SIROW team in obtaining future extramural funding.

Review of applications will start as soon as possible and will continue on a rolling basis.

This position is 20% FTE at the time of hiring and non-benefits eligible. FTE can be increased as additional grant funding is obtained. The position becomes benefit eligible once FTE can increase to a minimum of 50%.

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Carry out project directives using designated research and implementation methodologies.

  • Monitor and direct efforts of project teams, supervisees, and external partners to ensure project goals are met and objectives realized.

  • Communicate with supervisors from collaborating agencies regarding project progress and staff performance.

  • Maintain collaborative relationships with staff and community agencies in promoting program objectives.

  • Document project progress, activities, and modifications.

  • Lead project dissemination activities, including, for example, writing manuscripts for publication in scholarly journals; writing project progress and performance reports for funders and other stakeholders; writing brief findings reports to be published online; developing presentations; and presenting at professional conferences.

  • Attend training and professional development events.

  • Monitor national and local trends related to substance use disorders and homelessness.

  • Assist with grant applications.

  • Ability to drive state vehicle to local meetings.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to complete work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work as a member of a collaborative team.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in diverse groups.

  • Ability to take initiative and to be flexible.

  • Ability to deal with conflicting priorities and multiple tasks.

  • Ability to complete work to high standard.

  • Functions at all times in a highly professional and ethical manner.

  • Ability to manage projects.

  • Knowledge of program and performance indicators.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a related field; AND minimum 8 years of relevant work experience

  • Experience conducting program evaluation and community-based applied research.

  • Experience in outreach and engagement with culturally diverse communities.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience in entering, managing, and reporting on data.

  • Experience in tracking project team efforts and reporting to funders.

  • Interest in and experience with working with individuals with substance use and mental health issues and who may also be homeless or unstably housed.

  • Experience in managing multiple details of program(s) simultaneously.

  • Experience reporting and presenting findings to stakeholders, funders, the community, and scholars.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual English and Spanish

  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices involved in quantitative and qualitative research and program evaluation and related data analytical procedures.

  • Record of publication in scholarly journals.

FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Part Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 8 Job Category Research Benefits Eligible No Posted Rate of Pay $59,828 - $86,417 Annually (To Be Prorated by 0.20 FTE) Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A24426 Number of Vacancies One Desired Start Date 01/27/2020 Position End Date (if temporary) Limited to Current UA Employees No Contact Information for Candidates

Terry Mullin

Open Date 12/18/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Review Begins On 01/16/2019 Special Instructions to Applicant

Cover letter should discuss (1) interest in the position, (2) relevant background experience with special attention to experience monitoring and evaluating sociopsychological behavioral health projects as well as (3) any experience working with individuals and/or families who misuse substances, are homeless or unstably housed, and/or have health (including mental health) problems

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Where did you first learn about this position?

  • Arizona Daily Star

  • Arizona Republic



  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Department of Economic Security (DES)

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education


  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education



  • Jobing.Com

  • LinkedIn

  • Local Job Banks

  • Pima County One-Stop

  • Professional Conference

  • Professional journal/publication

  • Referred by UA Employee

  • Invited by Dept to Apply

  • UA Website

  • Other

  • Do you have a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a related field; AND minimum 8 years of relevant work experience?

  • Yes

  • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Reference/Referee Contact Information

Optional Documents

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