The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice will launch in September 2018 in the College of Education at Temple University. It will be a translational research center focused on rethinking and restructuring higher education and social policies, practices, and resources to create opportunities for all students to complete college degrees.
Helping research create impact requires deep knowledge and meaningful activities in the areas of both research application and community engagement. The Hope Center aims to mitigate challenges undermining college attainment and the practitioner-researchers are responsible for contributing to that effort by ensuring that the challenges are accurately identified, understood, and addressed.
The practitioner-researcher will work to ensure that the Hope Center’s research and communications efforts are tightly connected to the needs of communities of students, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders. These projects will build awareness and impact positive changes with regard to the challenges facing vulnerable populations, such as former foster youth, returning citizens, and student-parents, as well as broader challenges such as affordable housing, food, and transportation. The practitioner-researcher will create practitioner-focused materials, including toolkits and explainers, policy briefs, and other deliverables.
The practitioner-researcher will contribute to the planning and visioning for community engagement roles across multiple research projects. In addition, they will represent the Hope Center via national speaking engagements, media engagement, and in interactions with communities. Based on their set of skills and interests, the practitioner-researcher will report to either the Director of Research or the Director of Community Engagement and Research Application. They may also provide support for the Hope Center’s development activities and policy analytic activities, including quantitative analyses. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience:
Master’s degree in social science or education required, plus at least 2 years of experience working on higher education issues as a practitioner at a college or university or at a state or federal education agency. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills & Abilities:
- Deep practitioner-based knowledge of one or more of the following areas: food insecurity, housing insecurity, financial aid, foster care, returning citizens, student-parents, and undocumented scholars
- Knowledge of research practices and experience conducting research
- Ability to manage projects with multiple partners from varying backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse set of stakeholders including college presidents, faculty, students, administrators, policymakers, and practitioners.
- Excellent writing and communication skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to take creative feedback, execute, and iterate quickly and efficiently.
- Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively and collaboratively work as part of a cross-functional and interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated commitment to the goals and values of the Hope Centers’ mission to address the challenges that inhibit college attainment among vulnerable populations is desired.
- Fundraising experience
- Communications and public relations experience
This is a grant funded position
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In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.
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