Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago in Illinois

Deadline August 24, 2014
Date Posted June 25, 2014
Type Post-doc
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking an individual to work with a research team focusing on understanding how stakeholders gather and use data to develop and improve their programs and the larger system within which those programs are embedded.  The team is studying the capacity to articulate questions that can be answered by data, to identify and collect data elements needed to answer the questions, to make sense of the information gathered, and to engage stakeholders in activities related to decision-making and continuous quality improvement processes.  Study methods include site visits, in-person and telephone interviews, literature reviews, on-site observations of meetings; and review of documents, data systems, and other tools and materials related to the systems use of information.


The Researchers primary responsibilities will be serving a liaison for stakeholders participating in studies, including serving as project lead for site visits; developing and implementing data collection protocols; participating in research team discussions; and conducting analyses of large amounts of qualitative data.  Other tasks may include conducting reviews and analysis of relevant literature and documents, guiding research assistants in analytic tasks, assisting with protocol development and IRB submissions, and writing sections of reports.


Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago offers a vibrant and collaborative intellectual community dedicated to policy research that improves the policies, programs, and practices that promote the well-being of children, families, and their communities. Chapin Halls impact derives largely from the distinctive marriage of the most rigorous academic research with innovative partnerships with the public systems, institutions, organizations, and programs that are in a position to best deploy that research.  For more information about Chapin Hall, please see our website at


Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce.


Essential Functions


Contributes to the intellectual and scientific development of research studies, including the development of study design and methods. 


Serves as the primary liaison for stakeholders participating in studies, including leading site visits.


Conducts analyses of qualitative data, and may direct research staff in analytic tasks.


Writes sections of research results.


Assists with Institutional Review Board submissions.


Represents Chapin Hall and its research agenda and establishes important stakeholder relationships,

especially with partner agencies. 






A doctoral degree in public policy, education, public health, sociology or another relevant field OR a masters degree plus a minimum of five years of relevant, post-degree experience required.



A minimum of three years experience with program evaluation, education policy, or evaluation work that cuts across or is at the intersection of multiple social service systems required.


Experience conducting analyses of qualitative data required.



Other Qualifications

Strong knowledge of qualitative research methods, including the ability to develop data collection protocols required.


Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively manage key stakeholder relationships required.


Strong communications skills with the ability to translate and convey complex concepts and study findings in oral and written communications required.


Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks required.


Problem-solving and analytic skills required.


Demonstrated capacity for working in a collaborative research environment required.

Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.


Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information required. 


Ability to travel locally and nationally required.   


Working knowledge of Atlas-ti, NVIVO, or other software for qualitative data analysis preferred.



A cover letter, resume, writing sample and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.


Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago positions.


Physical Demands

Ability to sit for extended periods of time.


Ability to use computers extensively for 4 or more hours.  


Ability to travel locally and nationally.



To express interest in our Researcher opening, please visit, click on the Job Openings tab, and then search for  "Researcher". 


Formal expressions of interest are accepted online only.




Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete the application process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157, or by sending an email to

How To Apply

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