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Research Associate, UC Evaluation Services Center, CECH, Hybrid

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You are invited to submit an application to be considered for a position with more than one opening. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department.


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

About the Department

UC Evaluation Services Center (UCESC) is seeking full-time Research Associates to lead and/or assist with community-based evaluation projects that change lives and systems. UCESC’s diverse team of specialists works collaboratively to meet the needs of local and national partners on 30+ projects annually. We value a supportive learning environment where each team member builds on their strengths and contributes to the overall success of the center. Team members apply equitable research methodologies for a wide variety of projects in the fields of education, human services, and public health, such as university STEM programs, afterschool programs, equity and inclusion, workforce training, and community-based mental health organizations.


UCESC has functioned as an independent service center within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati since 1996. CECH is committed to the pursuit of discovery and excellence in research, teaching, and service that addresses real-world challenges and opportunities to create positive social change. Our values include Innovation, Partnership, Diversity, Leadership and Support.

Job Overview

UCESC Research Associates apply their quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods skills to support all phases of projects (e.g., project management, idea generation, instrument development, research design, data collection, data analysis, report and publication writing, and presentations), ensuring that results are useful for community stakeholders. Research Associates will participate as a member of applied research and evaluation project teams and work collaboratively in a team environment to actively contribute to the Center’s continuous improvement. Responsibilities will also include contributing to team-based projects and training initiatives along with working with graduate and undergraduate assistants as needed for project work.


UCESC's regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Research Associate position has the potential for a hybrid telework schedule after the orientation period (minimum 60 days) is completed. The University of Cincinnati stipulates hybrid telework employees must be based in the tri-state region (Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky).  Our full-time staff with telework arrangements are required to report to the Victory Parkway Office at least two days per week, one day is designated to weekly in-person team meetings (currently Mondays).  Additional in-person days may be required based on the needs of clients, required training, etc., even if scheduled during an employee’s telecommuting day.


Based on the nature of this position and the available funding for this position, the university is unable to provide sponsorship for international work visas.   

Essential Functions

  • Lead and/or coordinate evaluation and/or applied research studies.
  • Maintain relationships with project partners at the federal, local, and state level as well as forge new relationships.
  • Design survey instruments and/or interview and focus group protocols.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data and assist in judging validity of the data.
  • Manage small to large data sets.
  • Contribute to the planning and design of evaluation projects.
  • Assist with writing evaluation reports and other deliverables.
  • Effectively communicate (written or orally) complex processes, results, and/or project details to a wide range of audiences (e.g., data experts, policy makers, faculty members, and/or community members).
  • Work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Contribute to the collective team’s continuous improvement and training efforts.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff or advanced degree students (i.e., delegating and assigning tasks, reviewing assignments, and quality of completion, etc.).
  • Simultaneously work on multiple projects.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.
  • This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Earned master's degree by time of appointment in a related field (e.g., evaluation, education, statistics, data sciences, public health, psychology, or sociology).

Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience managing quantitative and/or qualitative data in either an academic or a community setting.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Demonstrated at least one year of experience working or volunteering with organizations (e.g., community groups, human services, or government programs) that focus on serving ethnically and culturally diverse populations.
  • Working knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or social justice evaluation practices.
  • Earned doctorate degree by time of appointment or currently in a doctoral program in a related field (e.g., evaluation, education, statistics, data sciences, public health, psychology, or sociology).
  • Applied program evaluation, measurement, and/or assessment experience.
  • Proficient in one or more analytical software platforms and packages such as SPSS, R, SAS, Qualtrics, Power BI, or MAXQDA.
  • Knowledge of various quantitative, qualitative and/ or mixed methods, including evaluation and research designs.
  • Ability to work independently and be flexible to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously

Application Process

Interested and qualified applicants must apply online and must include the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • CV or resume.
  • Professional references, minimum of two (2). Include contact information and title.
  • Please use the "Additional Documents" option for these documents.

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 starting salary range for this full-time position is $60,000 - $65,000 dependent on candidate's education and 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: 91379

Research Associate, UC Evaluation Services Center, CECH, Hybrid

Date:  Nov 15, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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