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Research Specialist, Program Evaluation - National Center for Rural Health Professions

Rockford, IL, United States

Learn more and apply on the University of Illinois Chicago Website

Hiring Department: The National Center for Rural Health Professions

Location:  Rockford, IL USA

Requisition ID: 1022743

Posting Close Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, at 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time)

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


Application instructions
To apply, you must include a cover letter and CV, and list three professional references.

We will begin reviewing applications on or around Friday, January 19, 2024, with full consideration given to those received by this date. However, we continue to welcome applications until Tuesday, February 6th, 2024.

Fullest consideration date: Friday, January 19, 2024, at 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time)
The search committee will review applications received before this date for early action.

Final date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, at 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time)
Applications received through Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CST, will be accepted and reviewed until finalist candidates have been identified.

Position Summary

This position assists with research project management, evaluation, and research, including developing scopes of work, tracking and reporting milestones, developing evaluation protocols, research designs, data collection, basic data analysis, and disseminating results. This individual will work with community partners and clients to support ongoing funded research. This is an in-person position.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement scopes of work for projects, including tracking and reporting of milestones.
  • Develop and implement evaluation plans and research designs for funded projects and grant applications related to the healthcare workforce.
  • Develop and administer data collection instruments.
  • Conduct and present data analysis findings.
  • Provide technical assistance to partner organizations on developing research questions, research design, data collection, management, and reporting.
  • Prepare high-quality, professional reports and presentations for various audiences using data visualization techniques.
  • Prepare and contribute pertinent information including basic statistical data analyses for peer-reviewed publications, grants, and other documents with support from director and associate directors.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with partner organizations by emphasizing high-quality customer service and effective communication.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in public health, public administration, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, or a related field with a minimum of two years of professional research experience acquired independently of academic program training/coursework OR Ph.D. in a related field. Invitations to apply extend to individuals who will have their Ph.D. conferred prior to the commencement of employment.
  • Knowledge of evaluation and research concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Ability to conduct basic descriptive and inferential statistical analyses such as frequencies, percent total, measures of central tendency, chi-square, and t-tests.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Qualities such as responsiveness, flexibility, and willingness to accommodate clients’ timelines and information needs.
  • Ability to work as part of and to facilitate multidisciplinary teams to accomplish goals and objectives.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to design, administer, and analyze surveys, including online survey implementation (REDCap, Qualtrics) to support evaluation and research activities.
  • Knowledge and experience setting up and conducting evaluations for federal, state, and local grant projects using sound research methods.
  • Project Management Professional certification
  • Ability to use statistical software, such as Excel, SAS, SPSS, and/or R, for data management and visualization.
  • Able to work independently and manage/prioritize multiple projects and tasks concurrently. 
  • Experience working with rural or underserved communities.

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