Expand Council’s current research to include enrollment trends, graduate outcomes, educational topics, etc.
Serve as staff liaison to the Commission on Research
Collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to manage, design, and implement research projects and initiatives
Manage research projects from inception to dissemination including gathering, cleaning, managing, and analyzing large datasets
Serve as the central resource and repository for social work education research
Identify what is driving and shaping trends or developments in social work education and provides assessment for the implications
Present data, research and evaluation findings into narrative and formats easily understood by target audiences including presentations, publications, data dashboards, policy briefs or white papers with actionable insights
Consult with internal departments on program assessments to determine implications and recommend modifications to improve program effectiveness
Work with Communications and Marketing team and designers to develop content for marketing channels—print collateral, e-mail, website, etc.
In-depth understanding of all phases of research required. Experienced at conducting both qualitative and quantitative research and developing survey instruments
Interest or experience in a variety of social work education or higher education research issues preferred
Must be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting. Ability to establish and manage relationships with external organizations to facilitate data collection
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated proficiency in data analysis and statistical techniques and tools (e.g., SPSS, relational databases, Excel, Tableau)
Experience with an online survey system (e.g., Zarca,) and with software/online systems for creating graphical display of information
Ability to explain the significance of data and trends to senior leaders and member stakeholder groups
Ability to meet timelines, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and perform responsibilities independently
Strong communication skills, including exemplary writing skills, including the ability to produce research reports for executive audiences
Effective use of infographics and visuals to communicate ideas and information
Some evening/weekend work and ability to travel 1–2 times per year
May be required to use computer screen for extensive periods of time
Occasional lifting of 15–20 lbs
Extended working hours and travel may be necessary
The Research Specialist strengthens the position of social work within higher education, the national political environment, and the perception of the public by conducting and disseminating research. Additionally, the Research Specialist supports the strategic goal of ensuring the quality and sustainability of social work education through accreditation of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, research, and responsive faculty development.
The Research Specialist provides administrative and programmatic direction and coordination in the formulation, interpretation and administration of research projects aligned with the Council’s strategic plan, member interests, and industry trends. This position actively contributes to charting the research strategy and the core activities associated with future strategic initiatives and the President and CEO, Vice President of Education and Director, Educational Initiatives & Research. Working in concert with all other CSWE departments, the Research Specialist will ensure that programming aligns with other initiatives and the strategic plan of CSWE.