Researcher in Community Psychology in Los Angeles County

Mar 14, 2020

Position Summary:

Imoyase Community Support Services is seeking a Project Research Coordinator to provide research direction and support to a multi-site program evaluation and capacity building initiative focused on positive youth development programs supporting high-needs youth who are vulnerable to and/or juvenile justice-involved. 


The Ready To Rise initiative is a public/private partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the California Community Foundation, and Liberty Hill Foundation. The initiative is designed to:

1.     Tailor and expand services to support high-needs youth who are juvenile justice-involved or whose conditions make them vulnerable to involvement.

2.     Integrate a comprehensive positive youth development framework, inclusive of multiple facets of a young person’s development, and illustrate to others how to do so.

3.     Strengthen organizational development skills associated with self-assessment, goal setting, leadership cultivation, financial and data management, and community engagement. 

The Project Research Coordinator will work under the leadership of Dr. Cheryl Grills (Executive Director); Dr. Sandra Villanueva (Associate Director); and Dr. Diane Terry (Senior Researcher). Primary deliverables include implementing a mixed-methods cross-site evaluation design with two cohorts of grantees (Cohort 1: 20 grantees; Cohort 2: 29 grantees), assisting with project coordination, and supervising a team of Research Assistants. This position is ideal for someone who:

  • is interested in and experienced in applied social science research rooted in community-based participatory research practices;
  • thrives in a fast-paced environment, is flexible, solution-focused, detail-oriented; and
  • is able to work independently and effectively to complete project deliverables with multiple deadlines.

The Project Research Coordinator is an approximately 18-month appointment with the possibility of renewal and is eligible for benefits.

About IMOYASE Community Support Services:

ICSS is a nonprofit (501c3) organization with over 30 years of experience conducting program evaluation and action research that is participatory, culturally relevant, collaborative, and flexible, resulting in meaningful individual, community, organizational, and systems policy change throughout Los Angeles, California, and the nation. ICSS has experience working with diverse populations across the United States, and has conducted many multi-site, multi-year, multi-level program evaluations and provided technical support to small to mid-sized organizations that serve African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, LGBTQ , and Native American communities. ICSS also works with service providers, private foundations, governmental agencies, and other institutions to aid them in evaluating their impact in communities and provide recommendations for expanding their reach and strategic direction. To read more about the project leads, refer to the following website: https://bellarmine.lmu.edu/psychology/parc/ourteam/

Project Research Coordinator Specific Deliverables:

  • Provide input on research decision-making regarding operations and research direction for this cross-site evaluation project.
  • Contribute to the design and manage the ICSS team’s implementation of a mixed-methods, cross-site program evaluation, which includes:

o   Conducting face-to-face or virtual meetings with grantees to determine capacity for and completion of evaluation requirements;

o   Developing and/or improving the cross-site evaluation process and outcome methods/measures;

o   Overseeing grantee quality control measures (e.g., maintain data validation and verification policies and practices across data collection activities); and

o   Developing and implementing a quantitative and qualitative analysis plan.

  • Report to and update the senior research team on all phases and deliverables of the project.
  • Supervise and monitor the ICSS team to ensure procedures are executed effectively and efficiently.
  • Prepare research data presentations and reports.
  • Conduct training for project grantees and research presentations for various stakeholders.
  • Participate as an ICSS team member and represent the organization at various stakeholder meetings and events.

Experience Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 - 2 years of experience actively working in research and/or program evaluation and/or commensurate doctoral-level graduate training and experience.
  • High-level knowledge in the areas of qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis;
  • High-level computer competency with SPSS/SAS/STATA and Microsoft. Excel/Word/PowerPoint; preferably knowledgeable of Qualtrics.
  • Experience and/or interest working on prevention and early intervention (PEI) and treatment, juvenile justice, or positive youth development issues.
  • Familiarity with program evaluation and/or multi-site evaluations.
  • Experience working with diverse populations (preferably within Los Angeles County).
  • Experience working with a variety of public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizational structures.
  • Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, be persistent, and solve problems as they arise.
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by a background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information (or peer-reviewed publications). 

Exemption Status:​Full-Time

Required Education: Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or Political Science or related field or equivalent experience.



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