Salary $70,000 - $100,000 a year job type full-time
Full job description
Child welfare systems researcher
Location: remote friendly, with offices in madison, wisconsin, and oakland, california
Status: full time
Pay: $70,000–$100,000 annual salary
Do you want to help improve human service systems in the united states and beyond by making them more effective and equitable? are you ready to work for change?
At evident change, we believe our social systems should help people reach their greatest potential, not create barriers to their successThat’s why we partner with systems professionals and communities to get to the root of their biggest challenges, and we give them the tools and knowledge to achieve better outcomes for everyone involved.
Evident change has an opening for a researcher to conduct an equity-anchored evaluation and targeted enhancement of the structured decision making® (sdm) system within child welfare systemsThe sdm® system is a suite of assessment tools that promote safety and well-being for those most at risk, from children to adultsThe sdm system combines research with best practices, giving social workers a framework for consistent decision making and offering agencies a way to target resources toward those who benefit most.
Evaluation by the researcher will enhance the sdm system and inform continuous quality improvement (cqi) in implementing the system across the united states and in select international cities.
Who should apply?
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following.
Expertise in research and evaluation of child welfare systems (e.g., decision making, interventions) and a strong drive to conduct evaluation and research on welfare systemsMore specifically, the ideal candidate will manage critical evaluation efforts to inform cqi and drive implementation practices for the sdm system.
Ability to design and implement evaluation plans, collect and analyze data, and interpret and report results independently.
Strong communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills.
Knowledge of decision making in child welfareIn this role, the researcher also will build their career and expertise in child welfare decision-making research.
What will you work on?
The researcher’s responsibilities include the following.
Support the ongoing evaluation of the sdm system and improve decision making in child welfare.
Examine how the child welfare system impacts communities, families, and childrenThis is done through an intersectional lens, considering how identities shape experiences.
Develop and implement evaluation and research designs, perform quantitative and qualitative coding and analysis, research and draft literature reviews, and write reports.
Develop new methods and lead efforts that respond to systemic racism and enhanced equity with our clients; demonstrate a commitment to enhancing personal growth in these areas through group dialogues, reflection, and personal and professional learning.
Build professional reputation by presenting work to national audiences, writing and collaborating, and engaging with partners and clients.
What qualifications do you need?
We are committed to expanding diversity, cultural and lived experience, and expertise on our teamQualifications include the following.
Ma/ms/msw in social work, sociology, psychology, public policy, or another related field is required; a phd or someone who is close to completing their doctoral program is preferred.
Interest in child welfare research
Demonstrated commitment to social justice, racial equity, and promotion of equitable practices
Experience completing research, reports, or other relevant work independently
Being detail oriented, organized, and able to work independently, problem solve, and take initiative
Ability to translate research and evaluation findings and communicate them to practitioners and system-impacted individuals
Project management skills
Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis
Expertise in statistics and/or database software packages (e.g., r, spss)
Ability to collaborate effectively across projects and content areas
Direct experience within the child welfare system and/or working with system-involved individuals, children, and families.
Do you have other attributes that we should consider? tell us! we want to hear about them.
Who is on our team?
Our team has a variety of backgroundsWe employ social workers, those with research and analytics experience, and others who have grown their skills through educational study, personal interest, and other learningWhat we share is a commitment to our missionWe want people who bring diverse perspectives and backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences to the work we doDiversity helps make our system-improvement efforts more informed and effective.
If developing and applying your research skills to effect system change appeals to you and if our mission and values resonate with you, please submit your applicationFor best consideration, apply by december 1, 2021For assistance with an accommodation due to a disability, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 306-6223.
We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, national ancestry, age, religion, sex, ability, skin color, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categoryWe strive to be welcoming to all applicantsDiversity is more than a legal requirement for us; it is one of our core values that we center in our work and our cultureVisit evidentchange.org for more information.
Covid-19 vaccination policy
Evident change requires employees to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 or have a qualified exemption approved by our organization by december 31, 2021For more information, please contact email@example.com.