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Principal Researcher - Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Apply now Job no: 492732
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Community & Public Service

Required Qualifications and Education: 
  • Ph.D. in evaluation, social work, social science, or other research discipline
  • 10 or more years of experience in program evaluation, community-based evaluation, applied research, teaching, and/or nonprofit or foundation work
  • Knowledge, experience, and demonstrated interest in racial equity work
  • Experience leading collaborative team-based work
  • Experience in customer service, consulting, or other client-focused work
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Strong knowledge of statistics and evaluation research methodology
  • Ability to work collaboratively with foundation staff, clients, and community partners
  • Willingness to travel in Michigan and locate in Greater Grand Rapids
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex ideas simply and effectively
  • Willingness to share knowledge with and learn from others
  • Willingness to embrace CRI research protocols and practices
  • Highest standards of work quality and integrity
  • Committed to GVSU’s vision of inclusion and equity
Preferred Qualifications and Education:  
  • 10+ years post-Ph.D. experience in program evaluation, community-based evaluation, applied research, teaching, and/or nonprofit or foundation work
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:  
  • Lead an ongoing place-based evaluation for a large foundation aiming to impact Grand Rapids
  • Guide foundation staff in conceptualizing the impact the foundation is making in Grand Rapids
  • Provide strategic thought partnership and research advising to foundations and other clients
  • Lead research and evaluation projects and capacity building efforts related to racial equity
  • Manage client relationships and project progress
  • Scope out time/budget requirements for new projects
  • Ensure high quality research and ethics
  • Mentor junior staff and students on project responsibilities and research skills
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research
  • Write reports aimed toward a variety of audiences
  • Other duties as assigned
Salary: $65,000 - $85,000/year
Department/Division:  Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Campus: Pew Campus (downtown)
Application Deadline Date:  Open until filled
How To Apply: Apply online only at Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and the names of three (3) references, including contact information. The online system will allow you to attach these items electronically. If you have questions, contact the Human Resource office at (616) 331-2215.

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