Associate Director of Research and Evaluation

Penn State University

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Campus City:
Erie, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Penn State Behrend
Susan Hirt Hagen CORE (Humanities and Social Sciences)


The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE) at Penn State Behrend is seeking an experienced candidate to serve as the full-time Associate Director of Research and Evaluation. Primary responsibilities for this position will include oversight and implementation of activities within the Research and Evaluation arm of CORE, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses, development of quantitative and qualitative experimental designs, project and database management, extensive grant writing, evaluation report writing, and survey/assessment development. The successful candidate will possess training and experience in both quantitative and qualitative experimental methods, and strong data analysis skills using SPSS (required), MPlus and/or R (strongly preferred), and at least one qualitative analysis program (e.g., NVivo). Ability to conduct focus groups is also preferred. The successful candidate should be proficient in correlational (e.g., multiple regression) and experimental (e.g., ANOVA) designs, and familiar with path analysis and longitudinal techniques (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling). The successful candidate should also excel in interpersonal communication and team building, show initiative in seeking outside funding opportunities, be comfortable working independently, and have an interest in working with youth to promote positive youth development. Teaching opportunities may be available. Master’s degree is required; Ph.D. is preferred. The mission of Susan Hirt Hagen CORE at Penn State Behrend is to cultivate a holistic, intentional, and interdisciplinary approach to positive youth development by promoting resiliency and prosocial behavior. CORE facilitates community outreach, conducts research, and provides evaluation to support educational institutions, community agencies, and government initiatives that serve youth. CORE is moving to a new, $6.5 million, 12,000 square foot building at Penn State Behrend in 2021. To learn more about CORE, please visit Penn State Erie, the Behrend College is an undergraduate and graduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. We are situated on a beautiful, wooded, 854-acre hillside campus with four academic schools (Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and, Science) and an on-campus childcare center. With 5,000 students, we retain the ambience and the focus on teaching of a small college while having access to the research resources of a Big Ten, R1 University. We seek employees who value and support respect, diversity, and inclusiveness. CORE is part of The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS). H&SS has about 80 full-time faculty members, offers ten bachelor’s degrees (Arts Administration; Communication; Creative Writing; Digital Media, Arts, and Technology; Elementary and Early Childhood Education; English; General Arts and Sciences; History; Political Science; and Psychology) and one master’s degree (Applied Clinical Psychology). The school is also home to the languages and the arts. The School supports a growing, all-campus interest in research that addresses issues of women’s health or energy and sustainability. Erie, Pennsylvania, a metropolitan area on Lake Erie, with more than a quarter of a million people, is a major tourism, medical, industrial, and service area two hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. We offer four seasons with cultural, sports, and recreational resources available year ‘round. Our summers are known for festivals, miles of beaches, and water sports, while our winters provide ample opportunity for snow sports. Erie’s cost of living is modest, housing is affordable, and there are four other colleges in the region. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will be filled as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2020. To apply, please select “Apply To This Job.” If you have never applied for a Penn State job before, you will need to create a Friends of Penn State Account. Required application materials are a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Please reference the job name (Associate Director of Research and Evaluation) in the subject line.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088