University of Utah Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/18/2017

Requisition Number PRN14009B

Job Title Research Associate


Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

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 40000 to 70000, Commensurate with Experience

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Note: This position is a grant funded position with the potential for annual renewal of contracts contingent upon the availability of funds. Start date is negotiable.

TheUEPCis seeking a school improvement technical assistance and research associate to join our team. We are looking for individuals interested in contributing to the ongoing commitment and support that helps individuals and schools engage in multiple professional learning and growth opportunities to build their own capacity to lead and sustain effective change efforts. We are seeking candidates who will complement our team’s goal of collaboratively engaging in a systematic exploration of research-based strategies that lead to deep and lasting growth, knowledge, and successful outcomes for students and schools. Our technical assistance is characterized by mutually established goals, roles, and responsibilities; at least monthly on-site and in-person communication; professional learning designs tailored to each school’s unique context and learning needs; a process that includes a cycle of collaborative planning, setting clear implementation guidelines/targets, regular evaluation of progress and problem solving, and celebration of success; and collective responsibility to implement plans, hold each other accountable, engage in reflection through on-going feedback peer coaching, and learn together from mistakes and successes.

We seek candidates who are interested in making contributions to the field of education research by supporting our research and evaluation studies and who can also contribute to the growth, expertise, and institutional knowledge of otherUEPCresearch and evaluation staff.


The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

•Work collaboratively with otherUEPCBridgeworks School Support Team to:

oSupport the collaborative development of school improvement plans (including 90 Day Plans and processes for supporting implementation and monitoring of progress).

oDesign and facilitate technical assistance visits with schools.

oAcknowledge and respect the experiences and expertise of the individuals with whom we work at each school.

oProvide coaching and other professional learning experiences that engage school leaders in effective strategies and frameworks for leading school change for increased student and faculty engagement and achievement.

oEncourage creativity, collaboration, and critique in a safe environment.

oDesign and facilitate interactive and hands-on professional learning experiences for both leadership and faculty to develop and/or refine skills aimed at increasing student and faculty engagement and achievement (e.g., reflections, peer observations, peer debriefings, study of standards, collaborative lesson designs, etc.).

oEngage school leadership and school community in reflective and interactive experiences.

oMonitor implementation and provide feedback to schools on their goals and progress.

oIdentify relevant, high quality self-assessment tools and protocols for collaboration and improvement processes.

oDocument improvement efforts and submit the required reports and evidence of implementation of the school improvement plan.

•Support the design and implementation of the Distinguished Speaker Series and associated professional learning opportunities.

•Serve as a liaison for communication betweenUEPCand our clients.

•Develop written and oral reports, publications, briefings, and presentations.

•Assist with grant writing and grant reporting requirements.

In addition to the school improvement work, candidates will also have opportunities to support UEPC’s research and evaluation efforts, including the following responsibilities:

•Collaborate withUEPCleadership and evaluation team to support the implementation of evaluation and research activities.

•Provide feedback on the development of interview, survey, observational protocols, and other data collection instruments to ensure relevance, utility, and application to educational settings and contexts

•Identify relevant research and resources to support design and implementation of evaluation and research studies (e.g., conduct literature reviews or syntheses; identify tools or protocols for client engagement and interpretation/use of findings; etc.).

•Support for writing evaluation reports and other deliverables.

Minimum Qualifications

•Master’s degree in education, sociology, psychology, or related field.

•7 years of professional experience in and knowledge of K12 educational settings and operations with increasing leadership roles.

•Knowledge and expertise in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, particularly in relation to supporting low-performing schools with English language learners, students with disabilities, chronic absenteeism, mobility, homelessness, and students affected by trauma.

•Experience in various strategies associated with school improvement efforts, including leadership development, data-driven decision-making, professional learning standards, PLCs, family engagement, talent development (e.g., teacher recruitment, hiring, induction & mentoring), and school interventions and supports

•Experience working in diverse and/or low performing schools and districts

•Demonstrated bility to work with a variety of educational stakeholders and audiences at the district and state levels

•Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams, including ability to provide guidance and feedback to staff

•Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting to and facilitating various-sized groups

•Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a member of a project team while prioritizing multiple objectives to meet project deadlines.

•Strong conceptual and analytic skills.


Preference will be given to candidates with:

•school or district leadership, or related professional experiences in leadership coaching, instructional coaching, or other professional experiences demonstrating knowledge of effective teaching, leadership, school improvement and/or organizational change.

•evidence of successful grant and contract development activities with the federal government, state governments, or foundations.

•Experience in of educational research and evaluation and communicating study findings to various audiences, including policymakers and practitioners.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Those individuals interested in applying for this position should submit the following:

•Cover letter that indicates your interest, and relevant experience, expertise, and knowledge.

•Current curriculum vita or resume.

•Two Letters of Recommendation and the names and contact information for three additional references.

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.