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Research Associate, CECH Impact Accelerator

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati has embarked upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled academic, research and athletic momentum. As the global founder of cooperative education, UC remains a world-class leader in experience-based learning. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC’s co-op program in the Top 4 in the country, while the National Science Foundation places UC at No. 33 among America’s public research universities. A dynamic campus life environment boasts a diverse student body of nearly 47,000, what The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country,” and a history-making athletics program that has earned the respect of the Big 12 Conference. 


About the Department

The Impact Accelerator, facilitated by the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology (CECH), was created to support the creation of evidence-based, research-driven, real-world solutions that make a difference in the community.  The Impact Accelerator is designed to support CECH and University faculty, staff, and students in seeking external funding.  This infrastructure also assists in increasing collaborative funding opportunities with our campus and community partners.

Job Overview

The Impact Accelerator is searching for a Research Associate. The Research Associate will assist the Impact Accelerator team in supporting the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology (CECH) and the University of Cincinnati to increase external funding.  This position will help create mechanisms and structures to support growth of individual Centers, as well as growth of cross-collaborations between and among Centers, CECH Schools, CECH faculty, and other Colleges.  The selected candidate will work closely with the Impact Accelerator and CECH Business teams as well as other internal and external stakeholders to prepare proposals and provide training and technical assistance for faculty, staff, and students.


Selected candidates will report directly to the Impact Accelerator Facilitator in the CECH Dean’s Office.  This is an 18-month position with an opportunity for renewal, dependent upon available funding. 

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the development and execution of the Impact Accelerator’s strategic plan to promote academic excellence, a top-in-class initiative, and serve as UC’s enterprise-level umbrella organization for internal, research, and development teams
  • Assist College faculty, staff, and students in grant writing and preparing grant proposal materials.
  • Participate/assist in writing a variety of professional documents (technical reports; grant proposals; meeting notes; annual reports).
  • Assist with College and University committees and boards.
  • Expand CECH and UC faculty participation with external partners and engagement with the Impact Accelerator
  • Prepare data summaries, reports, manuscripts, dissemination plans, and presentations of research results.
  • Create and implement training opportunities and materials for College faculty, staff and students.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience in research and/or grant proposal development.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Master’s degree in a social science-related discipline
  • Experience in developing proposals and obtaining funded projects in response to competitive requests for application/proposals.
  • Strong written/oral communication skills: prior demonstrated research and report generation from which action, policy or system change was an outcome.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation and the ability to write impeccably in a variety of styles.
  • Excellent administrative and project management skills, particularly in an environment with competing demands and overlapping projects: ability to work independently, take initiative, establish and accomplish priorities when faced with multiple tasks, work with and without deadlines, pay close attention to details and logistics.
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to work effectively with a wide array of constituencies and personalities, commitment and flexibility at all times.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $60,000 - $65,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 77325 


Research Associate, CECH Impact Accelerator

Date:  Jan 14, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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