Research Associate for Strategic Prevention Solutions

Sep 25, 2019

Strategic Prevention Solutions is hiring a part-time Research Associate III to assist with a variety of our new evaluation and prevention planning projects.


Projects are in California and Alaska, and include evaluation of collaborative partnerships, substance abuse prevention evaluation, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention evaluation, and development of prevention and evaluation technical assistance tools and training, including webinars. This position will work under the supervision of a Senior Research Associate and be responsible for evaluation and program planning duties and technical assistance development on multiple projects. This position will be a satellite position located in California.


Our needs fall into two categories:

  1. Provide project support and management for evaluation projects at Strategic Prevention Solutions. Current evaluation projects are located in California and Alaska. Project work hours will equate .50 FTE, with the possibility of expansion to 1.0 FTE equivalent after a six-month probationary period. Specific skills required include:
    1. Survey design and administration
    2. Qualitative analysis
    3. Some quantitative / percentage change / basic parametric-nonparametric
    4. Visual skills, graphic presentation of findings/data
    5. Proficient with Excel and setting up databases, using formulas in Excel
    6. Interest and/or experience with needs assessment and strategic planning
  1. While the majority of work will be virtual/long-distance, the position will require site visits and hands-on technical assistance with community non-profit staff. Main responsibilities will include:
    1. Oversee the completion of community needs assessments and related report writing
    2. Provide evaluation and program planning guidance and technical assistance to community nonprofits
    3. Oversee the development and implementation of evaluation plans for state-and community-level prevention activities
    4. Work within an empowerment evaluation framework – emphasis is on building capacity for evaluation, while also doing direct evaluative work
    5. Monthly meetings with SPS project personnel, and meetings with community partners, as necessary.


Education: Master’s degree or above in a field in which evaluation and program planning skills were learned and practiced. Examples include applied fields such as public health, social work, and community psychology.

Experience: At least two years of hands on experience doing community-based program planning and evaluation activities. Preference given to candidates who have experience providing evaluation and program planning technical assistance and training to communities and nonprofit organizations, and communities in a rural or Native setting.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong MS Word and MS Excel skills
  • Experience collecting and/or summarizing data for community needs and resources assessments
  • Experience using SPSS and other data management and statistics software preferred, but not required
  • Excellent writing, reading, and editing skills
  • Ability to work independently, yet be a team player
  • Positive, strengths-based focus on the role of evaluation in a “real world” setting, experience working within a non-profit environment is preferred, but not required
  • Experience creating and/or delivering training and technical assistance is preferred, but not required
  • Excellent comfort and experience with using online training and meeting tools, such as GoToMeeting, Zoom, Basecamp project management, etc.
  • Understanding of community-based prevention, the public health model of prevention (including primary prevention), along with other models of prevention
  • Understanding of the complex dynamics of intimate partner violence and sexual assault  
  • Ability to think on one’s feet and adapt to the current context at hand
  • Empowerment-minded; able to accept that the community has knowledge to inform any program planning or evaluation process
  • Excellent time management, self-starter, responsible
  • Ability to work from home or identified office space. This is a virtual position when not on site in communities.
  • Ability to travel approximately three days per month, more or less depending on the month.


This position is a part-time (.50 FTE) Research Associate III. Salary is negotiable commensurate with skills and experience and is expected to fall within a range of $30 – 35 per hour. SPS maintains a generous benefits package for employees, including a company-funded SIMPLE-IRA, Health Savings Account, and flextime.

If interested, please email cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information to:
Attention: Rachel Wintz


SPS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment. All successful applicants will be required to show proof of legal right to accept employment in the US.

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