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Research Associate, Systems Development & Improvement Center, Columbus, OH

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks 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 momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The CECH Systems Development & Improvement (SDI) Center in Columbus, Ohio is searching for a Research Associate. The SDI Center fosters the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth, their families, and the professionals who support them. At the core of many Center activities is a commitment to advocacy on behalf of all children, as well as partnerships - with school districts, with professional associations, with institutions of higher education, with regional providers, with the state - that improve conditions and outcomes for students with disabilities and other marginalized groups of learners (e.g., learners who are economically disadvantaged, learners at risk of school failure for a variety of reasons, etc.).



The Research Associate will help conduct research work in a particular discipline aligned with Center focus areas in PK20 education. Support knowledge development in key areas and the application of knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practices by practitioners. Encompasses individuals at all degrees who have a high level of competency in research but may not have an independent research program.


This position is externally funded.

Essential Functions

  • Support the research agenda related to the mission of the UC Systems Development & Improvement Center (UC SDI) to foster the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth, their families, and the professionals who support them;
  • Identify and obtain sources of funding to support and expand the UC SDI research agenda.
  • Support the design and delivery of professional learning content and delivery formats using a variety of computer technologies to improve district, school, and teacher team instructional capacity to promote equity and social justice and improve results for all groups of students;
  • Support continuous improvement in the development and dissemination of high-quality professional learning materials and related resources with an understanding of systemic improvement (e.g., Ohio’s improvement process) and experience in curriculum development and instructional design;
  • Identify and foster relationships to extend the Center’s work to support state-identified priorities and statewide initiatives for improving equitable opportunities to learn for all children; particularly in the provision of professional development, coaching, and technical assistance to foster the use of inclusive instructional leadership practices by district and school-level personnel;
  • Contribute to building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., school districts, regional providers, institutions of higher education, state officials), partners, consultants, and others to continually improve the quality, relevance, and usefulness of Center services and the effective implementation of approved project activities;
  • Play a key research role in action research and plan-do-study-act cycles, and collaborating on program evaluation design and delivery, including plans for formative and summative evaluation;
  • Solve problems using combined research knowledge; including organizing data search and analysis procedures, summarizing results, and reporting findings; Perform statistical and graphical analysis of data, interpret data and assist in judging validity of data.
  • Independently work on designated whole projects/problems, while also working as part of collaborative Center teams and contributing effectively to the collective team effort to accomplish assigned results for project/studies;
  • Make presentations at a variety of national, state, regional, and local meetings and events to expand awareness and reach of Center project activities.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

Master’s degree in a profession/field or equivalent level of knowledge.

Required Experience

  • In-depth knowledge of specialized field, process or discipline.
  • Experience in supporting adult learning through the provision of professional development and coaching.
  • Experience in developing proposals and obtaining funded projects in response to competitive requests for application/proposals.
  • Understanding of Ohio’s system of education, including the state’s improvement framework.
  • Experience with specialized software programs. 

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Doctoral degree in the field of education or related area.
  • Experience as a school principal and/or district central office administrator.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Hearing, listening - Often
  • Talking - Often
  • Standing - Seldom
  • Walking - Seldom
  • Bending - Seldom
  • Stooping - Seldom
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Seldom
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Crouching - Seldom
  • Crawling - Seldom
  • Reaching overhead - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom
  • Shoveling - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Seldom


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: 70181 


Research Associate, Systems Development & Improvement Center, Columbus, OH

Date:  Sep 15, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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