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Job ID: 305665

Apply online at http://z.umn.edu/curajob

About the Job
The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is hiring to fill a full-time Research Associate position. The Research Associate will conduct research on a range of issues and programs related to urban and regional affairs of interest to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and the upper Midwest region. The Research Associate will pursue research projects that are generated in any of the following ways: 1) an issue of importance in the region decided upon by the leadership of CURA in consultation with program staff, 2) Requests for Proposals that are offered by local organizations and agencies, and 3) the Associate’s own interests as they relate to the mission of CURA.

CURA is an all-University applied research and technical assistance center that helps the University of Minnesota fulfill its land grant and urban missions by connecting faculty and student resources with nonprofit organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, local governments, and state agencies in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota. CURA supports research and publishes policy-oriented reports on a wide range of urban and regional issues. The Research Associate will work with other program leaders to develop and carry out CURA’s research agenda.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial social researcher. The candidate must have the ability to conceptualize a research project, define research questions, create appropriate research designs to address those questions, have a familiarity and competence with a range of research methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative), and have experience writing up research reports and presenting research results. The ideal candidate should have experience with producing research for a public audience. The ideal candidate will also have experience with community-based research methods, working with community members as partners or sometimes as co-producers of research.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in urban planning, public policy, sociology, political science, economics, or a related social science field.
• Experience conducting social science research.
• Demonstrated ability to conceptualize a research project, including the construction of research designs and the development of research questions
• Demonstrated familiarity and competence with a range of research methodologies.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
• Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies, including academic, public policy, and community/nonprofit organizations
• Experience in writing up research results.
• Experience constructing and maintaining research databases.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
• Previous experience providing communications leadership for an organization, preferably as director of communications or similar position
• Experience producing research for a public audience.
• Experience with community-based research methods (working with community members as partners or sometimes as co-producers of research).
• Experience or familiarity with research and public policy related to one or more of the following: communities and neighborhoods; economic development and employment; education; state or local government and policy; environment and energy; program evaluation and assessment; arts and culture; geographic information systems (GIS); health, human, and social services; housing; land use and population; sustainability; transportation; underserved and underrepresented groups
• Experience with grant writing.
• Experience translating research to inform policy and practice.
• Experience presenting research results – either in a public venue or to stakeholder groups.

Principal Duties and responsibilities
1. Conduct community based research (80%);
a. originate research ideas
b. develop research questions
c. create research designs
d. collect data
e. analyze data
f. write up findings (including reports to funders)
g. work with CURA communications staff to disseminate findings
h. supervise, as needed, graduate research assistants working on individual research projects.

2. Pursue funding opportunities for research projects (20%):
a. respond to RFPs for projects of relevance to CURA and the region
b. monitor the availability of RFPs from a range of local organizations and agencies
c. work with the Executive Director to decide which opportunities to pursue
d. work with CURA program staff to identify and develop research ideas
e. create and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty and research staff across the University
f. work with other researchers across the University – as appropriate – on research projects.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references who are able to comment on your skills and experience. Please DO NOT submit the information in the system, attach as separate documents.

Additional documents may be attached after submitting your application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

This position will remain open until filled.

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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.  Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.


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