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Sr Research Associate, Systems Development & Improvement Center, (Columbus, Ohio)

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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".


About the CECH Systems Development & Improvement Center

The CECH Systems Development & Improvement (SDI) Center in Columbus, Ohio is searching for a Senior 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.).

Job Overview

The Senior Research Associate will be part of the SDI’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination area of work, which is focused on improving outcomes for children with low incidence and sensory disabilities through the provision of ongoing technical assistance and dissemination to educators, related services personnel, families and community members, regional providers, and state-level agencies. The aim is to design, develop, and deliver professional development, training, and consultation that facilitate learning among adults within the system to, in turn, foster higher levels of learning for all children. Program efforts are designed to assess the needs of targeted individuals and groups in relationship to the area of low incidence disability, to develop activities that build capacity and support knowledge and skill acquisition, and to monitor stakeholder growth and development. Partnerships with existing local, regional, and state systems are leveraged to improve conditions and outcomes for learners with low incidence sensory disabilities. Examples of initiatives under this operational purpose are: The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE), the Deafblind Supplemental project, and the Ohio Deans Compact’s Low Incidence Committee and Low Incidence Sensory Disability (LISD) Collaborative.Conduct experimental research work in a particular discipline. Encompasses individuals at all degrees and have a high level of competency in research but may not have an independent research program.

Essential Functions

  • Support the research agenda related to the mission of the Systems Development & Improvement Center to foster the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth with low incidence sensory disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them;
  • Assist in designing and implementing grant projects, particularly those focused on improving access and opportunities for children with the most intense learning needs, including children with sensory impairment (visual impairment/blindness, hearing impairment/deafness), deafblindness, and multiple disabilities, including obtaining funding to support and expand the Center’s research.
  • Assist with the coordination of educational research studies.
  • Support and lead (as assigned) significant aspects of a larger, complex project.
  • Make independent contributions to projects based on professional training or functional experience.
  • Contribute to the collective effort of the low incidence and deafblind technical assistance and dissemination team.
  • Solve problems using interdisciplinary research knowledge.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, interpret data, and assist in judging validity of data.
  • Assist in a writing a variety of professional documents (e.g., technical reports; grant proposals; meeting notes; annual reports).
  • Contribute to building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., school districts, regional providers, 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;
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

Master’s Degree required in special education or in an education related field.

Required Experience

  • A minimum of five years of experience working as a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), teacher of the Deaf/hard of hearing (ToD/HoH), or teacher of the deafblind (TDB)
  • In-depth knowledge of evidence-based strategies and practices to improve access and learning outcomes for children and youth with deaf, blindness, and other low incidence sensory disabilities
  • Experience in supporting adult learning through the provision of technical assistance, consultation, professional development, and coaching.
  • Understanding of Ohio’s system of education, including the state’s improvement framework.
  • May require experience with specialized software programs. 

Additional Qualifications Considered

Experience in developing proposals and obtaining funded projects in response to competitive requests for application/proposals.

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
  • Crawling - Seldom
  • Reaching overhead - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom
  • Shoveling - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Seldom


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 $90,000 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: 76143 


Sr Research Associate, Systems Development & Improvement Center, (Columbus, Ohio)

Date:  Dec 31, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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