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Research Associate - Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Evaluation

The Center on Trauma and Adversity, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

The Research Associate will coordinate and oversee major activities on various substance use and mental health services evaluations, including Ohio-based specialty docket court programming and treatment agencies. Specialty courts provide interventions to reduce incarceration and specialize in areas such as substance abuse and mental health or special populations such as veterans. Local treatment agencies and healthcare providers offer treatment for substance use disorders and mental health disorders using individualized and evidence-based approaches. The research is working to determine the effectiveness of these behavioral health treatment programs and continuum of community-based services in improving key outcomes such as substance use reduction, treatment retention, and decreased risk of recidivism. The Research Associate will manage, coordinate, and implement evaluation activities alongside the Principal Investigators to measure these key outcomes and perform both process and outcome evaluation activities.

Main Functions
  • Manage the day-to-day evaluation of community-based substance use and mental health evaluative research projects and assist with comprehensive program evaluation, report preparation and writing. Track and follow up on daily project operations including working with administration to manage project budgets and allocation. Provide instruction to assistants and student staff. (40%)
  • Develop databases and carry out complex on-going and new data analyses within the research projects using statistical analysis software. Work collaboratively with the Principal Investigators and Statistician on the development and writing of relevant grant proposals. (20%)
  • Collect interview, administrative, treatment, outcome, and other types of data. Manage these data on an ongoing basis. Conduct data cleaning, database management, and report writing. (20%)
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external partners and sponsors. Engage in external meetings with existing and future partners and sponsors in the community, and attend collaborative meetings. (10%)
  • Implement dissemination activities such as peer-reviewed manuscripts, presentations, reports, infographics, and briefs with the Principal Investigators. (10%)

The ideal candidate will possess experience supporting all phases of research with an emphasis on project management, complex data management and analysis, sponsor and research partner communications, grant writing, and evaluation activities. Looking for someone highly organized with strong quantitative skills, proficient with statistical packages such as SPSS, with database creation, data management, and statistical analysis; experience with database applications such as REDCap or Tableau, programming language (SQL, SPSS syntax, SAS syntax, R, Python), or reporting formats such as R Markdown or LaTeX a plus. Able to work collaboratively in a small, dynamic, team environment. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Experience responding to RFP’s, writing competitive grant proposals and obtaining external grant funding a definite plus.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree or higher in social science or relevant field is required. Three years of experience working with sponsors and conducting or participating in social behavioral research and evaluation. Experience working in substance use, mental health, criminal justice, or treatment fields is a plus.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Krystel Tossone, (kjt9@case.edu), AND Dr. Margaret Baughman, (Margaret.baughman@case.edu).


Research Associate

Northeast Ohio Project Prevent

The Research Associate will carry out, manage or lead research in social behavioral sciences for the Northeast Ohio Project Prevent at the Begun Center. The Northeast Ohio Project Prevent grant addresses pervasive violence, trauma, anxiety, and other mental health needs among youth within Cuyahoga County. The Begun Center is the grant evaluator on the project and will work closely with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio. This newly created position will serve as a Research Associate and will develop, implement and manage this evaluation project for the Begun Center. The ideal candidate will possess experience supporting all phases of research and evaluation with an emphasis on project management and building sponsor relations.

Functions

  • Manage the day-to-day evaluation of Northeast Ohio Project Prevent and assist with comprehensive program evaluation, report preparation and writing.
  • Track and follow up on daily project operations.
  • Research and develop evaluation instruments and databases/spreadsheets and carry out complex on-going and new data analyses using SPSS statistical analysis software, REDCap, and Excel.
  • Establish relationships with external partners and sponsors including local and state government, school districts, foundations, and non-profit community based agencies.
  • Collect data during assessments, interviews, focus groups and observations.
  • Develop and write grant proposals.

Qualifications

  • Masters Degree or higher in the social sciences or relevant field required.
  • Three years of experience working with sponsors and conducting or participating in program evaluations preferred.

Required Skills

  • Highly organized with strong methodological skills, especially quantitative.
  • Proficient with SPSS or related statistical packages.
  • Ability to assist with the development and execution of non-profit program evaluations.
  • Experience in Microsoft Suite (Word, Access, Excel), email and internet applications. Familiarity with applications or analytic supports such as Teleform, Qualtrics, NVivo, GIS, Data Query Language, and SPSS Syntax a definite plus.
  • Able to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
  • Able to work with limited supervision while being highly self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Experience responding to RFPs, writing competitive grant proposals and obtaining external grant funding a definite plus.

Daily contact with supervisor and research staff in the center. Occasional contact with other departments. Regular contact with community partners. Contact with student employees.

In line with the values of Case Western Reserve University and the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is committed to developing, fostering, and celebrating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect for our employees and partners. These values are critical to everything we do, including conducting and disseminating research to help find, promote, and support solutions that make our communities healthier and safer. We aspire to be a team representative of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives and free of discrimination.

Please submit resume and cover letter to begun@case.edu.


Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Field Education

The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Field Education is responsible for the strategic, curricular and administrative leadership of the Mandel School Field Education Department. The Field Education Department works in partnership with community organizations across the country to provide high quality field placement experiences to MSSA and MNO students enrolled in the Online, On-Campus and Intensive Weekend formats. The assistant dean provides leadership over the development, implementation and evaluation of field education curriculum in accordance with Mandel School and Council on Social Work Education policies and standards. The assistant dean is responsible for the supervision of remote and campus-based field education staff, including Associate Director of Field Education, field advisors, department assistant and student employees.

For more information and to apply, go to case.edu/hr/careers, choose whether you are an external or internal (CWRU employee) applicant and search for job 8192.


Research Associate

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

The Research Associate will perform research work in social/behavioral sciences on various funded projects at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education. Initially, the person who fills this position will be involved in almost all aspects of mixed-method, applied research related to the sexual assault kit initiatives in Cuyahoga County and/or Akron. These evaluations involve quantitative and qualitative research, including coding, managing, and analyzing a large database of sexual assaults in addition to coordinating, conducting, and analyzing interviews, focus groups, and surveys. A second core area of the work will be meeting with government, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies as part of the research. 

The ideal candidate can support all phases of research, have experience with managing funded research projects, and have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research. 

Functions

  • project management, data management and analysis;
  • building and maintaining relational databases, running queries, creating new and populating existing tables;
  • meeting regularly with nonprofit, law enforcement , and other government agencies to provide information and technical assistance;
  • creating, selecting and administering evaluation instruments; analyzing data using SPSS or other related statistical packages;
  • assisting with comprehensive program evaluation, report and/or manuscript preparation, conducting literature reviews, developing infographics;
  • and coordinating interviews. 

May supervise staff and students. 

Qualifications 

  • Masters Degree or higher in the social sciences or relevant field is required.
  • Minimum three years' experience working in funded research, with non-profit and government or county agencies, or conducting/participating in program evaluations. 
  • PhD preferred.
  • Must be highly organized with strong methodological skills, especially qualitative; proficient with SPSS or related statistical packages; able to develop and execute project management, data management, analysis and process and outcome program evaluations and/or funded public health, criminal justice, or social or behavior science research. 
  • Experience in Microsoft Suite (Word, Access, Excel), email and internet applications required.
  • Experience with applications or analytic supports such as Mapping/GIS, Qualtrics/Survey Monkey, and SPSS Syntax a definite plus. 
  • Able to work collaboratively in a small team environment.  
  • Able to work with general supervision while being highly self-motivated and self-directed.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • A record of scholarly dissemination and experience responding to RFPs and obtaining external grant funding a definite plus.

General office working conditions.  May be required to occasionally attend an evening or weekend meeting.

In line with the values of Case Western Reserve University and the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is committed to developing, fostering, and celebrating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect for our employees and partners. These values are critical to everything we do, including conducting and disseminating research to help find, promote, and support solutions that make our communities healthier and safer. We aspire to be a team representative of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives and free of discrimination.

Please submit resume and cover letter to begun@case.edu.