The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work's Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) has a research position opening and is seeking a motivated individual to join our team. Our research and evaluation team compiles and analyzes data to guide systems and programs in their efforts to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. Our goal is to facilitate the translation of evidence-based and promising practices to the field, and to draw from their implementation successes and challenges to inform and conduct research. This position will include efforts related to the use of big data to support children's behavioral health services. The selected candidate's rank will be determined upon review of their qualifications with possible titles being Senior Research Analyst or Lead Research Analyst.
The Institute supports state and local governments and organizations to implement effective systems and practices to best meet the needs of children and youth with complex behavioral needs and their families. Over the past decade, The Institute has been involved with many key children's initiatives in Maryland and across the nation, many of which have been supported by federal grants, waivers, and contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The Institute is currently serving as the coordinating partner of the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (The TA Network), a SAMHSA-funded national technical assistance center supporting more than 70 grantees across the country. It is also a core partner in the National Wraparound Initiative. In Maryland, The Institute works closely with the Departments of Human Services, Juvenile Services, Health, and Education, supporting and informing systems-level reform efforts. In Texas, The Institute supports the state's effort toward Wraparound Implementation and children's behavioral health-related efforts.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Essential Functions (will vary by position level):
Develops/contributes to the development of research and evaluation plans, including the study design, sampling, measurement, data collection procedures, and data analysis strategies.
Assists service providers and agencies with collecting and maintaining quality data, including developing data collection procedures, building data collection instruments, and regularly reviewing data and providing feedback to resolve data quality issues.
Uses best practices and protocols in data collection, data quality, management, analysis, and reporting, including developing special forms and/or formats for analyzing and presenting data.
Manages data sets, such as merging, recoding, and cleaning data using statistical software packages, and ensuring that data are ready for analysis.
Analyzes data, including descriptive analyses and advanced statistical procedures using statistical software packages.
Prepares reports, including summarizing relevant background literature and reporting and interpreting findings from data analyses, for ongoing evaluation reports, white papers, and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Presents work at meetings and academic conferences.
May mentor other members of the research team, develops training, and provides continued guidance on data collection, analysis, and storage.
May oversee report preparation by other research staff, including reviewing reports for quality and accuracy, and ensuring that reporting deadlines are met.
Develops, recommends, modifies, and implements policies and procedures and/or methods for research.
Collaborates with implementation team members to ensure successful project administration.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Senior Research Analyst:
Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Science, Public Policy, Mathematics, Statistics, Information Management, Health Science or Services, or in a field of study related to the research. Master's degree is preferred.
Experience: Two (2) years related experience in a research environment required.
Other: A unique combination of education and experience may be considered.*
Lead Research Analyst:
Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Science, Public Policy, Mathematics, Statistics, Information Management, Health Science, or in a field of study related to the research. Master's degree is preferred.
Experience: Three (3) years of related experience in a research environment required, including two (2) years in the relevant research specialization.
Other: A unique combination of education and experience may be considered.*
*Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the group, as appropriate, or Bachelor's degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the group, as appropriate. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of implementation science, rapid-cycle evaluation, and data visualization preferred.
Knowledge of design of research studies and data collection procedures. Ability to understand and utilize scientific terminology and research theory. Skill in using measurable and verifiable information for making decisions and judgments. Skill in statistical programming, data analysis, and interpreting findings using statistical software as well as spreadsheet applications.
Knowledgeable of position requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws.
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail, and operate effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Maintains productivity and uses strategies to increase knowledge base.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of subjects and information obtained.
Ability to write and present research analysis and findings in a clear and concise way.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with others to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers.
Strong ability to convey complex information in writing and orally so that it is easily understood by stakeholders and organizations.
Ability to continuously seek quality service and process improvements in order to support a mission and strategic vision.
Hiring range for a Senior Research Analyst is low to mid 50s, commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range for a Lead Research Analyst is in the low to mid 60s, commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E3322D
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: School of Social Work - The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
Job Posting: Mar 7, 2019
Unposting Date: Mar 29, 2019, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 116981
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.