Postdoctoral Fellowship at Get IN Chicago
About Get IN Chicago
Get IN Chicago provides counsel to funder and community-based organizations working to reduce youth violence and address the underlying, systemic issues that lead to it. Get IN Chicago also studies and funds antiviolence initiatives focused on acutely high-risk youth, those who are at heightened risk for becoming perpetrators of violence. Led by business leaders who have pledged support to identify the most promising and evidence based practices to improve the lives of Chicago’s youth, Get IN Chicago partners with community-based organizations, public agencies and corporate funders to inspire creative solutions and collaboration, involve multiple stakeholders, and invest in innovative and effective strategies.
GIC is seeking an independent, solutions oriented thinker with a strong background in quantitative data mining, and qualitative analysis. The ideal candidate is adept at applying analytical rigor to discover actionable insights and novel solutions to inform health outcomes, intake fidelity, diagnostic applications, public system policy and practice. The position is full-time for a one year term.
Get In Chicago works in partnership with researchers from NORC, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and MDRC. The Fellow will be expected to sort, organize and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data collected from programs funded by Get IN Chicago and work with the GIC team and partners to determine the implications for the field of the findings. He/she may be asked to compare our findings with those obtained in other research efforts. The goals will be to improve systems and funding decisions by private and public entities in Chicago and elsewhere. Working in collaboration with GIC staff and partners the candidate will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful work that makes a direct positive impact on the lives of many.
? Synthesize and analyze youth program involvement data to inform system wide programming, interventions and policy.
? Data management including privacy compliance, data structure architecting, data visualization, performance measurement, statistical analysis and data integration.
? Conduct appropriate quantitative and qualitative analyses; interpreting data; writing evaluation reports, articles for publication matched to the appropriate audience.
? Act as a consultant for community based service providers who are attempting to formulate evaluation of youth development initiatives.
? Participate in program evaluation and research --support studies including review of relevant literature; formulating relevant research and program evaluation questions; collecting and storing data.
? Demonstrated strong experience in data collection and coding, using internal databases, measurement, statistics and evaluation.
? Evidence of publication/presentation record.
? Demonstrated ability to independently conduct analysis and as a member of a team.
? PhD in hand in an applied social science field like Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Health Economics.
? Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication skills. Strong attention to detail.
? Other functions as defined.
? Experience public speaking and preparing conference publications.
? Evidence of personal engagement with communities that are under resourced is a plus.
? Experience with public systems.
? A Chicago area resident or Chicago based University graduate
A complete application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable for purposes of initial applicant review), pdf copy of a recent publication and the name and contact info of three references. Materials can be emailed to email@example.com with the subject line "Postdoc."
o The stipend for 2018-2019 will be $55,000.
o Deadline to apply is June 20, 2018, and the anticipated start date is August 1, 2018
o Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Although violence and crime affect people of all ages, the impact of violence on youth has been particularly detrimental. In 2012, youth under the age of 24 years old represented 40% of all arrests for violent crimes nationwide. Rates of violence among youth are even higher in Chicago. In 2009, youth under the age of 25 accounted for 65% of all violent crime arrests. Although youth under the age of 20 account for less than 25% of the city’s population, these youth account for over 50% of violent crime arrests. Moreover, the widespread incidence of youth violence in Chicago is associated with other negative effects, such as increased rates of depression, anxiety, delinquency, poor school performance, and low rates of high school completion.
By funding evidence-based programs and services, Get IN Chicago works to reduce rates of youth violence and disrupt the adverse outcomes associated with it. Partnerships with community-based organizations, public agencies, and corporate funders create opportunities to implement programs that can bring about population-level impacts for youth at greatest risk of violence, and strengthen existing community assets that create safer neighborhoods.
Get IN Chicago’s strategy is informed by research evidence that indicates many Chicago youth are experiencing multiple crises that can prevent or limit their ability to become self-sufficient in adulthood. Through innovation, collaboration, and capacity building Get IN Chicago strives to provide youth with viable pathways to positive outcomes.
To learn more, visit www.getinchicago.org
About The Chicago Community Trust
Get IN Chicago is affiliated with the Chicago Community Trust. The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement, and inspiring philanthropy. The Trust works with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.