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Job Opening: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE @ Stanford Univ.

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  • ilana (straznik) horwitz
    STANFORD UNIVERSITY / JOB DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities 505 Lasuen Mall
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 13, 2012
    STANFORD UNIVERSITY / JOB DESCRIPTION

    JOB TITLE: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
    John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
    505 Lasuen Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305
    (650) 725-3699


    POSITION:

    The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford
    University is seeking a Social Science Research Associate (SSRA) to
    conduct qualitative and quantitative research with an emphasis on
    policy-relevant and actionable topic areas. The SSRA will lead and
    contribute to quantitative research; s/he will link data across large
    administrative data sets, assist community partners in formulating
    research questions and exporting data, perform statistical analysis
    and write policy briefs and other products focused on topics related
    to youth development and education. The SSRA will also lead and
    contribute to qualitative research projects, conducting formative
    assessments of community-based programs, including data collection,
    coding, analysis and writing reports and briefs. For all research and
    analyses, the SSRA will present research findings to community
    partners and other stakeholders on a regular basis. The SSRA will
    supervise graduate level research assistants and potentially some
    staff; work collaboratively with other John W. Gardner Center staff;
    and report to the Executive Director.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    % Time Duty and Responsibility Statements
    20% 1) Work in partnership with community entities to design and
    conduct policy-relevant research related to youth development in a
    community setting
    - Collaborate with JGC staff and community partners to identify key
    research needs in the community and design and carry out research that
    responds to these.
    - Design research projects that respond to community questions and
    needs using a variety of tools, including the JGC’s Youth Data Archive
    (a longitudinal database that links data on youth across schools,
    human services, health services, and other service providers); youth
    and adult surveys; secondary data analysis; and qualitative data
    collection and analyses.
    - Conduct primary research and produce written products and
    presentations that are appropriate for community audiences and
    parallel materials that inform academic debates and audiences.

    20% 2) Conduct Statistical and other analyses:
    - Use matched longitudinal data drawn from administrative databases
    from a wide range of public and private agencies, including school
    districts, social services, probation, and community-based agencies in
    several Bay Area communities.
    - Contribute to data cleaning, verification and documentation.
    - Develop descriptive statistics and conduct multivariate analyses to
    address research questions and policy outcomes.
    - Collect qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, observations).
    - Contribute to discussions about coding and analysis schemes. Code
    data and conduct analyses.

    20% 3) Write, Present and Otherwise Communicate Research Findings to a
    Wide Range of Stakeholders and Entities
    - Write reports and briefs of findings for partners and broader academic field.
    - Write and present academic articles, issue briefs, summaries,
    conference paper and other products to a variety of audiences.
    - Meet with partners on an ongoing basis to review and evolve analyses.
    - Work with JGC Communications Manager on additional communications
    opportunities for analyses, including newspaper articles, blogs, panel
    discussions and more.

    20% 4) Provide technical support to community partners to facilitate
    their participation in the Youth Data Archive:
    - Provide technical assistance to partners on database development,
    data collection, and data export
    - Provide technical assistance to partners on performance measurement
    - Engage partners in the development of an ongoing analysis agenda for
    the YDA initiative

    20% 5) Participate actively as a collaborative member of the JGC team,
    and connect JGC to the greater Stanford community and the broader
    research field:
    • Attend regular staff meetings and retreats.
    • Supervise graduate students and junior staff on specific projects.
    • Where appropriate, contribute to grant development.
    • Assist the Center in developing processes, tools, and products to
    enhance the future direction of the Center.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    A doctorate in a relevant field (education, public policy, sociology,
    psychology, or related field) is required as is capacity to oversee
    graduate students as they design, carry out, and write about their
    research projects. Excellent oral, statistical, analytic,
    organizational, and interpersonal skills are required; writing as
    demonstrated in the candidate’s own writing and publications is
    essential. Ability to write for multiple audiences, including policy
    makers and practitioners, is preferred. Demonstrated experience with
    quantitative analysis is also required, as is proficiency with data
    analysis software such as SAS (preferred), STATA, or SPSS.
    Proficiency in longitudinal analysis and/or hierarchical modeling
    preferred. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis
    is also required. The candidate must have strong interpersonal and
    collaboration skills in working with researchers and practitioners as
    well as organizational skills that demonstrate her/his ability to
    handle multiple tasks, timelines and priorities in a team environment.
    Familiarity with California K-12 education data, including test
    scores, attendance, school discipline, and English language
    proficiency is preferred. This may be substituted with familiarity
    with juvenile justice, mental health or foster care data and programs
    or a related youth policy issue. Familiarity with school enrichment
    and youth development programs, such as after-school programs is a
    plus.

    EDUCATION:

    Advanced degree required in:Education, public policy, sociology,
    psychology, or related field


    APPLICATION SUBMISSION:
    Please apply for this position on the Stanford website at
    http://jobs.stanford.edu, position number 46371. Email or call the
    JGC at larissa.collins@... or (650) 723-3099 with any
    questions. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer.
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