Current Opportunities

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 and 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.


  • 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 infographic materials;
  • and coordinating interviews.

May supervise staff and students.


  • 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.

Please submit resume and cover letter to

Research Assistant 3

Cuyahoga County Overdose to Action Evaluation

Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant 3 will provide support across multiple research projects for over 16 agencies partnered with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. This position will be involved in the Cuyahoga County Overdose to Action (OD2A) evaluation. The OD2A program aims to gather overdose data from partners locally and nationally, to identify methods to improve overdose prevention and response. This evaluation involves compiling and analyzing large databases of secondary data supplied by provider agencies in addition to coordinating interviews, conducting surveys and performing focused group interviews.


  1. Work closely with the principal investigator and senior research staff to carry out complex research evaluation activities with multiple partners and stakeholders. Track and follow up on daily project operations across various sites, agencies and partners participating in the Overdose to Action evaluation. (20%)
  2. Assist principal investigator in conducting a comprehensive program evaluation. Coordinate evaluation activities of Cuyahoga County Overdose to Action stakeholders and partners. Gather and report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on data collected by each community partner (e.g., number of client encounters, provider training, tracking referrals and linkage to services). (15%)
  3. Record activities during focus groups and observations with Cuyahoga County Overdose to Action stakeholders and partners. May assist senior research staff in leading focus groups. Prepare and distribute written record of these observations to stakeholders and partners. (10%)
  4. Oversee and conduct data acquisition, database preparation, data entry, data cleaning/management and data analysis on data derived from local and federal law enforcement, public health, hospital systems, medical examiners and OARRS. Develop databases using SPSS, Excel and other statistical analysis software. (15%)
  5. Devise new protocols, techniques and evaluation instruments involving a high degree of skill and training. Create unique pre/post test instruments for the agencies to gather information. (15%)
  6. Evaluate adequacy of test instruments. Provide oversight and instruction for the administration of instruments, proper data gathering and data storage techniques, to community partners. (10%)
  7. Meet with over 16 agencies and partners, including but not limited to the US Attorney’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, to discuss quality assurance, grant compliance and evaluation activities. (10%)
  8. May co-author research projects and publications. Perform literature reviews and other information gathering and reporting activities, including textual and graphical summarization of data/information and preparation of requests for external grant funding. (5%).
  9. May supervise students and technicians. (<1%)
  10. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


  • Department: Daily contact with Principal Investigator (supervisor) and research staff to discuss work.
  • University: Occasional contact with other departments to collaborate on research.
  • External: Frequent contact with community partners in the course of conducting research.
  • Students: Frequent contact with student employees to support daily operations.

Supervisory Responsibility

No supervision of staff employees; may help direct the work of students and technicians.


  • Experience: 3 to 5 years of related experience required.
  • 1 year of experience with program evaluation, survey creation, database management, grant writing and report writing, data experience/statistical analysis capability preferred.
  • Education/Licensing: Bachelor of Science degree required.

Required Skills

  1. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment with team members and students.
  2. Ability to work under general supervision and seek out effective solutions for project related issues.
  3. Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures within evaluation research.
  4. Ability to rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.
  5. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  6. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.

Working Conditions

General office environment and working conditions. May be required to attend evening and weekend meetings.

To Apply

To apply, go to, choose whether you are an external or internal (CWRU employee) applicant and search for job 8029.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.