University of Utah Research and Evaluation Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/22/2018

Requisition Number PRN17599B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Research and Evaluation Associate

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Generally 8-5, M-F. Nights and weekends as needed for project work and goal attainment. Infrequent travel may be necessary.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01323 - Utah Education Policy Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Commensurate with experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is an independent, non-partisan University of Utah research center in the College of Education that bridges research, policy, and practice for Utah public schools and higher education. TheUEPCseeks to inform and influence educational policy in Utah and the region to increase educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults in Utah. The Utah Education Policy Center:

•Engages in timely and rigorous educational research and evaluation,

•Provides reliable answers to questions about the success of current educational practices and programs,

•Guides policymakers, decision-makers, and practitioners on the utilization of research findings to improve policies and practices, and

•Collaborates with practitioners to improve educational practices through planning, coaching, and outcome-focused processes.

Job Summary

This is an opportunity to collaborate with an enthusiastic, talented team who is committed to informing and influencing educational policy and practice in Utah and the region to increase educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults in Utah. We are seeking a colleague who will invest in our collective team efforts by contributing to ongoing evaluation and research projects, assist with developing and administering evaluation instruments, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and communicating evaluation and research findings for various audiences in a variety of formats.


•Complete evaluation and/or research tasks for multiple projects.

•Collaborate as a team member to design studies, including methodological and theoretical design of evaluation and research projects, literature reviews, data collection plans, analysis plans, and reporting/communication plans.

•Develop evaluation instruments (e.g., survey instruments, observation protocols, focus group protocols, and interview protocols).

•Conduct observations, surveys, focus groups, and interviews by telephone or in person.

•Manage project data, including both quantitative and qualitative data.

•Report results in user-friendly, accessible formats that meet clients’ needs, including creating presentations, written-reports, and data visualizations of evaluation and research results.

•Write research and evaluation reports, briefs, white papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

•Assist with grant writing efforts.

•Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

•Graduate degree in education or a related field of study with applicable skills.

•Experience conducting program evaluations.

•Demonstrated proficiency with statistical software (e.g., R,SPSS, or Stata) and quantitative data analysis e.g., means comparisons,HLM,SEM).

•Demonstrated proficiency with qualitative methods and use of analysis software (e.g., HyperRESEARCH)

•Demonstrated experience in developing data collection instruments, such as surveys, observation protocols, and interview protocols, including use of online survey management platforms (e.g., Qualtrics).

•Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•Demonstrated skills in writing for multiple audiences including policymakers and practitioners.

•Demonstrated knowledge of K12 and higher education practice, structure, and policies.

•Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.

•Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain high quality standards.

•Demonstrated initiative in learning and refining one’s skills and expertise.


•Three or more years working within K12 and/or higher education.

•Three or more years of research and evaluation experience with increasing responsibilities, including data preparation, analysis, and reporting.

•Evaluation experience in a K12, higher education or related environment

•Data visualization software expertise (e.g., Tableau).


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please upload a thoughtful cover letter and your resume or CV.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.