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About the CECH Systems Development and Improvement Center
The Systems Development and Improvement (SDI) Center in Columbus, Ohio fosters the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth, their families, and the professionals who support them. At the core of many Center activities is a commitment to advocacy on behalf of all children, as well as partnerships - with school districts, with professional associations, with institutions of higher education, with regional providers, with the state - that improve conditions and outcomes for students with disabilities and other marginalized groups of learners (e.g., learners who are economically disadvantaged, learners at risk of school failure for a variety of reasons, etc.).
The Systems Development & Improvement Center in Columbus, Ohio is seeking a Research Associate to be part of the SDI's Technical Assistance and Dissemination area of work, which is focused on improving outcomes for children with low incidence sensory disabilities through the provision of ongoing technical assistance and dissemination to educators, related services personnel, families and community members, regional providers, and state-level agencies. The aim is to design, develop, and deliver professional development, training, and consultation that facilitate learning among adults within the system to, in turn, foster higher levels of learning for all children. Program efforts are designed to assess the needs of targeted individuals and groups in relationship to the area of low incidence sensory disabilities, to develop activities that build capacity and support knowledge and skill acquisition, and to monitor stakeholder growth and development. Partnerships with existing local, regional, and state systems are leveraged to improve conditions and outcomes for learners with low incidence sensory disabilities. Examples of initiatives under this operational purpose are: The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE), the Deafblind Supplemental project, and the Ohio Deans Compact's Low Incidence Committee and Low Incidence Sensory Disability (LISD) Collaborative.
The Research Associate position has the potential for a hybrid work schedule. Funding for this position is based upon the availability of external funds. Should external funding for this position become unavailable, the position will be terminated.
Support and expand the research agenda related to the mission of the UC Systems Development & Improvement Center (UC SDI) to foster the development, implementation, and evaluation of PK20 education research and demonstration efforts that improve opportunities to learn for children and youth, their families, and the professionals who support them.
Identify and obtain sources of funding to support and expand the UC SDI research agenda.
Coordinate the design and delivery of professional learning content and delivery formats using a variety of computer technologies to improve district, school, teacher team, and paraprofessional/intervener instructional capacity to improve learning outcomes for children with combined hearing-vision loss and other disabilities (e.g., multiple disabilities including blindness/visual impairment and/or deafness/hearing impairment).
Support continuous improvement in the development and dissemination of high-quality professional learning materials and related resources with an understanding of systemic improvement (e.g., Ohio's improvement process) and experience in curriculum development and instructional design.
Identify and foster relationships to extend the Center's work to support state-identified priorities and statewide initiatives for improving equitable opportunities to learn for all children, particularly those with low incidence sensory disabilities (blindness/visual impairment, deafness/hearing impairment, deafblindness), in the provision of professional development, coaching, and technical assistance at the universal, targeted, and intensive tiers of service.
Essential Functions Continued
Contribute to building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., families, school districts, regional providers, institutions of higher education, state officials), partners, consultants, and others to continually improve the quality, relevance, and usefulness of Center services and the effective implementation of approved project activities.
Play a key research role in action research and plan-do-study-act cycles, and collaborating on program evaluation design and delivery, including plans for formative and summative evaluation.
Solve problems using combined research knowledge; including organizing data search and analysis procedures, summarizing results, and reporting findings; perform statistical and graphical analysis of data, interpret data and assist in judging validity of data.
Independently work on designated whole projects/problems, while also working as part of collaborative Center teams and contributing effectively to the collective team effort to accomplish assigned results for project/studies.
Make presentations at a variety of national, state, regional, and local meetings and events to expand awareness and reach of Center project activities.
May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
Understanding of Ohio's system of education, including the state's improvement framework (i.e., the Ohio Improvement Process and collaborative leadership team structures).
Master's degree in a profession/field or equivalent level of knowledge
Experience supporting adult learning through the provision of professional development, technical assistance, and coaching to teachers, administrators, related services personnel, and others (e.g., agency personnel) to improve access to learning and improved learning outcomes for children with combined hearing-vision loss (aka deafblindness).
Experience with specialized software programs.
Additional Qualifications Considered
Doctoral degree in the field of education or related area.
Licensure as a teacher of the visually impaired or teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing.
Experience in developing proposals and obtaining funded projects in response to competitive requests for application/proposals.
Experience conducting program evaluation.
Experience with specialized software programs and the use of assistive technology.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
Sitting - Continuously
Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.
Competitive salary of $75,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.
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