Child welfare research leader sought by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Oct 07, 2021

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago seeks a visionary translational scholar to lead a large research portfolio in child welfare.

We seek to hire an individual who shares our core values and standards for designing and conducting high quality research intended to improve quality of life, well-being, and outcomes for children, youth, and families. As a research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, Chapin Hall seeks to improve the evidence base; inform decision making at the federal, state, and local levels; support the design and testing of interventions; enable faithful implementation and adaptation; and develop innovative means of leveraging administrative data to inform systems change. This is an ideal opportunity for an established scholar and leader

About Chapin Hall: Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center at the University of Chicago that provides public and private decision-makers with rigorous research and achievable solutions to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. Chapin Hall partners with policymakers, practitioners, and fellow knowledge developers by applying a unique blend of scientific research, real-world experience, and policy expertise to construct actionable evidence, tools, and, ultimately, positive change for children, youth, and families. Established in 1985, Chapin Hall's areas of research include child welfare, community capacity building, and youth homelessness. For more information about Chapin Hall, visit or @Chapin_Hall.

The successful applicant will develop, lead, and collaborate with a team of staff to design and conduct translational research that informs systems, policies, programs, and interventions related to child welfare and child well-being. This research leader will have a national reputation, a rigorous portfolio of funded, policy relevant translational research, and a track record of effective mentoring. This leader will maintain a clearly articulated research agenda, a dynamic, funded portfolio and work across teams to generate research that can inform public policy and interventions. They will establish themselves as an organizational leader who attracts collaborators and designs and executes research in partnership with colleagues and state child welfare leaders, pursuing a range of dissemination outlets aimed at diverse stakeholders. Additionally, the Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow will seek and maintain an active, positive role in contributing to the organizational culture through formal and informal engagements, mentoring, and service.


Experience leading a body of large research projects (including federal) and strong management skills are fundamental to the role. The exact subspecialty is open and will include a record of published scholarship within child welfare. This individual will lead Chapin Hall’s substantial partnership with the IL Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), which consists of over a dozen projects per year and will pursue within and beyond that their own translational scholarship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record of leadership and collaboration with internal and external partners (e.g., public and private funders, fellow scholars, implementers), be well versed in child welfare policy and practice, and a prominent member of a community of child welfare scholars. We seek a national leader whose portfolio, funding record, contributions, and historical capacity for mentoring are well established and influential. Please forward this to interested candidates. Candidate inquiries for this leadership position can be directed to Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research, at, please include CV.  Formal applications must be made through Chapin Hall’s website – see links below.


We are also looking for a mixed methods researcher in our youth homelessness portfolio. See website.


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