The HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice will launch in September 2018 in the College of Education at Temple University. It will be a translational research center focused on rethinking and restructuring higher education and social policies, practices, and resources to create opportunities for all students to complete college degrees.
The Sr. Research Associate will report to the Director of Research of the HOPE Center to conduct research studies within the Center. S/he will provide comprehensive senior level coordination and management of the day-to-day research activities, such as: designing and planning research studies, overseeing general data collection and serving as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles. Most of these studies will be multi-sited, longitudinal studies utilizing multiple data sources and collaboration with both colleges and external agencies. All will be high-profile externally-funded activities.
The Sr. Research Associate will be responsible navigating human subjects and legal approvals, and recruiting study participants. S/he will conduct data cleaning, coding, and statistical programming and/or qualitative data collection, coding, and analysis activities. The Sr. Research Associate will also work on translating research studies into policy and/or practice and will prepare both public-facing and academic reports on the studies. Delivering presentations and seminars at national meetings and conferences is also an essential function of the role. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience:
PhD in economics, sociology/demography, political science, psychology, statistics, or educational policy and experience conducting quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research and analyzing and interpreting the results. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills & Abilities:
*Applied research skills and ability to design, plan and conduct research activities and serve as an authoritative source on research practices, precedents, theory, and principles.
*Strong quantitative skills, including the conduct of experimental and/or quasi-experimental research designs and/or exemplary qualitative skills, including in-depth interviewing and focus groups.
*Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to write about research in an accessible manner.
*Strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work with a diverse population.
*Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, along with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
*Ability to monitor the work of others and provide training, regular feedback and performance management.
*Experience overseeing the work of graduate and undergraduate students
*Programming in STATA and/or R
*Research experience studying higher education and applying research for policy analysis, program evaluation, and planning.
*Experience working on higher education topics or those related to the Center’s work on food and housing insecurity.
*Experience working directly with colleges and universities on research; public institutions preferred.