Director of Applied Research and Evaluation - Social Work Research & Public Service
University of Tennessee Knoxville

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Post Date: Oct 30, 2023
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: - n/a -
Salary: Competitive
Location: US - Tennessee - Knoxville
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The University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work, through the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) is accepting applications for the Director of the Division of Applied Research and Evaluation (DARE). SWORPS is a mission-driven community impact extension of the College of Social Work that has three divisions actively engaged in responding to the needs of public sector and nonprofit agencies in Tennessee and beyond: the Division of Technology and Development, the Division of Applied Research and Evaluation, and the Division of Field-Based Services.

The Division of Applied Research and Evaluation (DARE) needs an innovative and dynamic individual to serve as its director. The Director of the Division of Applied Research and Evaluation (DARE) is responsible for overseeing and successfully delivering SWORPS’ existing research and evaluation activities in the fields of early childhood education, child support, education, health, and child welfare and for providing leadership and project management expertise for new and emerging applied research and evaluation projects and priorities. Reporting to the SWORPS Director, the Director of DARE will also serve as a member of SWORPS' senior management team.

The ideal candidate will have a background in designing applied research programs and conducting evaluation studies using mixed methods approaches, leading or coordinating complex research projects, and working in a collaborative setting. She or he will also have experience in conceptualizing and preparing briefs, reports, articles, and grant proposals and responding to requests for research-based information. Candidates should have outstanding academic credentials (an earned doctorate in social work, education, psychology, or related discipline) and a record of scholarly publications.

Education Required: PhD in Social or Behavioral Sciences; Health; Child & Family; Education; or related field

Experience Required:
•        5 or more years of demonstrated skill in program/project management and employee supervision
•        5 or more years of demonstrated skill in contract negotiation and grant writing
•        8 or more years of experience designing applied research projects and conducting evaluation studies using mixed methods approaches in one of SWORPS’ priority areas or a related field
•        5 or more years of experience in budget management
•        Demonstrated commitment to research with strong practical applications
•        Ability to work with communities and systems to evaluate implementation of evidence-based practices
•        Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis
•        Excellent communication skills
•        Highly developed interpersonal skills
•        A record of scholarly publications

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday with occasional weekends, evenings, and overnight travel.


Application Process: Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and complete contact information for 3 professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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