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Research Associate III

Position Deleted on 6/01/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Boston, MA
Admin - Laboratory and Research
Application Due:
Full Time
The Research Associate III (Senior Research Associate) for the Institute for Community Inclusion is responsible for managing and co-managing multiple national federally funded research centers focused on vocational rehabilitation research. These projects are currently in-house. The Research Associate III will also: initiate, develop and manage research projects addressing public policy and state and federal services that support employment and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities; monitor subcontracts and partnerships to meet state and federal reporting requirements and ensure projects are implemented in a timely fashion and in accordance with contractual commitments; develop new project opportunities and topics; identify funding opportunities and develops proposals; develop written products for multiple constituencies, including juried journal manuscripts, research reports, brief products, and public policy papers; communicate effectively with internal and external partners and fosters a cooperative workplace; manage time and delegate accordingly so to accomplish the activities of multiple large national research centers focusing on vocational rehabilitation research; ensure the conduct of high quality, ethical research and improve the capacity of ICI staff to conduct such research; work with the Senior Research Fellow and other Research Associates to lead the research team by creating strategic plans, seeking new opportunities and assessing capacity and development needs; conduct outreach activities and demonstrate leadership capacities in establishing and maintaining a network of relationships in the disability and research communities; oversee and coordinate the collection and analysis of data; perform and monitor all personnel functions for designated staff; stay abreast and inform others of any changes in the field related to inclusion and the supports and services available for individuals with disabilities; work with various ICI staff in the development of their skills in the design and implementation of programs addressing research, model demonstration and capacity building in local communities; provide research and evaluation support to other ICI project teams; provide guidance to the ICI management team as well as the program manager in research on innovations and findings that offer implications for new program practices or policy formulation at the local, state and national levels; serve as a leader in the field of disability studies and program design for other entities in the University Centers for Excellence system as well as other disability systems at the national and state levels; and other duties as assigned.


A Ph.D. in Public Policy, Rehabilitation, Special Education, Psychology, Economics, Disability Studies or a closely related field and a minimum of five to seven years of previous experience in developing and conducting social sciences research, with a strong preference for disability policy research, is required. Knowledge of the state/federal Vocational Rehabilitation system is required. Expertise in at least one of the following is required: a) quantitative research methodology including study design, sampling, survey development, statistical analysis, and management and analysis of large secondary data sets; or b) qualitative design and analysis including study design, development of interview and observational protocols, coding and memo writing, and theme development. Expertise in the use of computer software including SPSS or comparable statistical packages and spreadsheet, qualitative analysis software such as Atlas.ti, database, and word processing software is required. Experience working with or in a state vocational rehabilitation agency is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts in research design and implementation;
  • Ability to conceptualize, organize and negotiate project tasks and direct collaborators from outside the institution, including vocational rehabilitation agencies, state agency personnel, partnering researchers, technical assistance providers and federal, state and foundation project officers;
  • Ability to present information and findings in a cogent fashion to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Ability to foster a positive and cooperative workplace;
  • Ability to work with and manage a diverse workforce;
  • Proven track record of professional publications;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Professional. Union. Benefited.
Full time. Grade 34.
Normal Hiring Range: $60,530-$66,961.
Grant funded, contingent on grant renewal.
Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.
Closing date for applications: May 31, 2013
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