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Data Collection / Field-Based Researcher - Prevention Science Program, Institute of Behavioral

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 28, 2023

Job Summary

This posting is for a field-based researcher to conduct interviews in the Denver metropolitan area for a study involving dyads of youth (ages 11-18) and their caregiver(s). The purpose of the study is to gather and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of services provided to juvenile justice populations. The structured interviews are designed to collect information on how attitudes, behaviors, and life circumstances change as youth advance through the stages of probation in order to help improve the probation services young people receive.

Responsibilities for this position range from supporting to executing data collection; primary tasks involve contact management and interviewing study participants. This position will work closely with the Evaluation Coordinator in executing these tasks. Eligible candidates will have experience working on field-based social science research projects and hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant social science field. Ideal candidates will also have experience with juvenile justice populations and bilingual English/Spanish capabilities.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

For more than 50 years, the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) has been bringing leading edge social and behavioral science to the University of Colorado, ultimately shaping policies and actions with a nationwide impact.

IBS champions interdisciplinary, collaborative work. This work — part of the University’s mission to support extraordinary research — illuminates complex social behaviors. Serving the campus, the state of Colorado and the country, IBS engages faculty from social and behavioral sciences in achieving fundamental discoveries toward social policy.

From hurricane recovery and mental health to political persuasion and census research, acclaimed IBS researchers direct a grant-supported budget of nearly $10 million toward crossing scientific boundaries and connecting CU to other thought leaders around the world. Myron Gutmann, named a Digital Preservation Pioneer by the Library of Congress, is an IBS research leader.

Founded in 1968, the Prevention Science Program (formerly the Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development) is an interdisciplinary effort seeking to understand the nature, course of development, and later life consequences of conditions that help people thrive, and those that put their health and development at risk. We focus on the translation of science to action to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Not only do we do basic research to understand what factors promote healthy development, but we also design and test interventions and work actively with communities to implement programs that research has shown to be effective. We recognize the importance of attending to cultural diversity in experience and the need to consider cultural adaptation of interventions. Throughout this work, we seek to address and contribute to social justice efforts in the field of Prevention Science by promoting science and practice that offers every life the right to live in a just and equitable world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Conduct field-based interviews, including scheduling interviews and recording contacts.
  • Travel to execute scheduled contacts in the Denver metropolitan area.
  • Assist with tracking and updating recorded contacts as needed.
  • Communicate with Evaluation Coordinator regarding changes to weekly interview schedule, including occasional appointments on short notice or during evening/weekend hours.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
What You Should Know
  • Hours are flexible but will include some evenings and weekend appointments.
  • Travel (Denver metro area) is required.
  • The position could be filled as part- or full-time employment (depending on candidates’ interest/availability).
What We Can Offer

Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications. Full-time annual salary range is $56,500- $60,000, part-time range $28,250 - $30,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • One to three years of experience working in the areas of human services, evaluation, data collection/analysis, or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social science discipline.
  • Previous work in field-based research projects.
  • Personal vehicle for reliable transportation around Denver metropolitan area.
What You Will Need
  • Experience communicating with diverse populations.
  • Ability to conduct field-based interviews.
  • Experience with data collection and management.
  • Experience with spreadsheet, word processing, and data visualization applications.
  • Experience with Qualtrics or similar survey platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Previous work with juvenile justice populations.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Current CV/resume
  2. A cover letter with a detailed description of previous lab and managerial experience.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until 12/11/23.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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