Visiting Research Associate - Community and Non-Profit Liaison
August 23, 2018
Department: IUPUI Polis
The Polis Center at IUPUI (Polis) is a unit of the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts dedicated to using collaboration, engagement, research, and technology to create actionable information, develop knowledge platforms, and build capacity. We do this toward creating healthier and more resilient communities.
Polis seeks an experienced candidate to fill the position of Community and Non-Profit Liaison. This position is a 9-month appointment, renewable based on available grant funding. The position is available immediately and will remain open until it is filled. The Liaison will support Polis' effort to develop an integrated nonprofit database. The data will help us better understand how nonprofit services help individuals and families achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their communities. This involves coordinating data collection activities, providing outreach, assistance, and training for nonprofit agency staff, and assisting research analysts with analysis and reporting activities.
Experience working directly with non-profit agencies is highly desirable, as is experience with database organization. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage and coordinate meetings and other outreach with various organizations; manage relationships with external partners; facilitate administrative research activities independently; and seek out support or guidance where appropriate.
Meet with community organizations to assist with activities related to research; schedule ongoing support and follow-ups as needed; document requirements and outcomes; travel may be required
Support and coordinate data collection activities from several nonprofit agencies
Assist Polis staff and partners in developing research procedures and best practices
Provide basic technical support to community organizations on the use of data for informed decision-making
Continually explore and implement ways to improve Polis data collection efforts to maximize efficiency and minimize staff burden
Collect and integrate third party data into consolidated databases
Work with external users to effectively access, use, and share information from these sources
With other staff analysts and as assigned, facilitate training and workshops on data literacy
Master's degree, plus 1-2 years of related nonprofit or research experience required (will consider an exception for bachelor's and significant experience)
Experience working in or with social service/community development organizations required
Quantitative data analysis skills, including experience with evaluations and community-based research highly desirable
Experience with database software such as Microsoft Access; understanding of basic database concepts is a plus
Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills
Strong service orientation and attention to detail
Department Contact for Questions:
Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Melissa Gona firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on The Polis Center, see http://polis.iupui.edu.
OAA #: IN-LART-POLI18003
Appointment Status: Non-Tenure Track
Internal Number: 6345
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