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School-Based Prevention Programming Research Specialist Intermediate at Youth-Nex

Company: University of VA
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: January 17, 2023

Job Description:

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia seeks a full-time Research Specialist Intermediate to work on school-based prevention projects implemented in Maryland and Virginia. This position is in Charlottesville, VA and affiliated with the Youth-Nex, the UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. Youth-Nex is a dynamic research center committed to expanding and applying the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world. The Research SpecialistIntermediatewould work on a research team conducting studies focused largely on issues related to student behavioral and mental health, social-emotional learning, school climate, and classroom-based supports for students and teachers.

The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of research methods, data management, and data analysis in school-based research. The Research SpecialistIntermediatewill be responsible for organizing, managing, and preparing data files as part of a set of research studies being conducted in public-school systems funded by the various federal agencies (e.g., Institute of Educational Education Services Sciences, and National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities). This position will support the management of survey data, school-based observational data, and administrative data. A large part of the role will include overseeing screening and verification of these data, as well as data and project documentation (e.g., technical reporting, creation of data codebooks). This person will also conduct advanced statistical analyses (e.g., descriptive analyses, latent variable modeling, multi-level modeling, missing data analysis, regression, power analyses) using software such as Stata, R, Mplus, HLM, and/or SPSS with mentorship and direction from faculty on the broader research team (e.g., Catherine Bradshaw, Jessika Bottiani, Amanda Nguyen, Heather McDaniel, Katrina Debnam). The Research SpecialistIntermediatewill also support the preparation of grant reports, grant applications, and publications in conjunction with research team members. Further, the position will provide general administrative and reporting support to the research team.


  • Strong data management, data documentation, and data analytic skills. Must have experience with SPSS or other data management software.
  • Familiarity with IRB and data security procedures when working with confidential data.
  • Methodological knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas: Classroom observational data collection and analysis; latent variable analyses (person- or variable-centered); multilevel modeling of nested student, classroom, and school-level data; data visualization; longitudinal data analyses; propensity score analysis; classical test theory or item response theory (IRT) based measurement and psychometric analyses; large-scale survey data analysis; research-practice partnerships and conducting applied research in school settings; cost analysis; implementation of cluster and student randomized controlled trials.
  • Administrative expertise: Proficient with Dropbox, Box, Google Suite, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Zoom, Qualtrics or similar survey data collection tools, and ability to learn new software quickly and introduce new useful applications and platforms to the team. An eye for design and visualization of data is preferred.
  • Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work independently and self-motivate as part of a team in a high-paced research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Must be a quick learner and possess the ability to adapt to the needs of a diverse research center quickly and comfortably.
  • Strong writing and/or editing skills.
  • Ability to give clear information and direction to others.
  • Ability to work with others to reach a goal.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Excellent professional judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace.
  • Enthusiasm for Youth-Nex's mission and values.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Position Compensation Range: $45,667.00 - $91,334.00 Annual

    Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in research, statistics, evaluation, psychology, education or a related discipline.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience. Master's degree will be considered in lieu of experience.

    Preferred Requirements

    A Master's Degree in research, statistics, evaluation, psychology, education or a related field.

    Physical Demands
    This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

    Application Instructions

    Please apply throughWorkday, and search for 'School-Based Prevention Programming Research Specialist Intermediate at Youth-Nex". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter (addressed to Catherine Bradshaw), and a CV/resume. Submit all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field, alternatively you can merge your materials together and submit as one. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Applications that are missing materials will not receive full consideration.

    For questions about the position please contactYouth-Nexand for questions about the application process please contactMargaret Weeks.

    Anticipated Hiring Range: $48,000 - $57,000 (commensurate with qualifications). For more information on the benefits available at UVA, visit

    Research staff are appointed annually, and continuation is dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will begin 10 days after posting and will remain open until filled.

    COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

    Please visit theUVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelineswebpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

    The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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