MPA Job list- Research Consultant Utah Dept of Human Services

Angie Stefaniak angela.stefaniak at cppa.utah.edu
Fri May 26 13:21:20 MDT 2006


RESEARCH CONSULTANT I
Utah Department of Human Services
120 N 200 W, SLC
Application Period: 5/24/2006 - 5/31/2006
Salary Range: Step 48 ($ 17.26) to Step 58 ($23.44)
Full State Benefit Package: Health, vision, dental, life and disability 
insurance; retirement plan; graduated annual vacation, 11 paid holidays, 
and 13 days of annual sick leave; a 401k and 457 savings plan.
Full time

Job characteristics
This is a first level research-consulting job in which incumbents 
design, conduct and coordinate research projects for all areas of 
concern to the Division of Services for People with Disabilities. The 
incumbent will act as an agency consultant in evaluating all aspects of 
research projects, project findings, and operational data completed or 
provided by other agency staff regarding both their technical merits and 
implications. The incumbent will recommend policy options based on 
project findings, provide detailed cost-allocation plans and impact 
analyses, and facilitate the use of research data to improve existing 
programs. Incumbent may be called upon to testify at legislative or 
board hearings and to provide immediate technical support at those 
hearings. May supervise junior research staff. Also responsible for 
staffing the Department of Human Services Protection of Human Rights 
Review Committee and producing annual and ad hoc research reports.

Tasks
Evaluates all aspects of research projects, project findings, and 
operational data regarding technical merits and implications.  Designs, 
develops, and conducts a variety of research projects; determines 
appropriate methodologies, information sources, sampling strategies, and 
data-collection tools, etc.  Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data; 
reports findings, interprets results and/or makes 
recommendations.  Facilitates the use of research data to improve 
existing programs and utilization of resources.  Writes or drafts 
technical reports, articles or related material based on research, 
investigation or analysis.  Testifies at hearings to provide pertinent 
agency information and technical support .  Participates in conferences 
on technical improvements; reviews literature pertinent to research 
objectives, design, data-collection, and project 
implementation.  Interprets, clarifies, explains and applies agency 
policy and procedures, business practices, federal or state laws and 
regulations, etc.  Facilitates/Chairs work groups, teams, and/or 
meetings. Creates a positive environment, evaluates group processes, 
recommends solutions or alternatives, etc.  Provides consultation, makes 
recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.

Qualifications
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into 
position and trainable after entry into position)
Knowledge of or Skills/Ability to research methods, techniques, and/or 
sources of information; evaluate information against a set of standards; 
use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or 
facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions; speak 
clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, 
information and ideas as presented verbally; read, interpret and apply 
laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures; communicate 
information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and 
understand information presented in writing; conduct a methodical 
examination; facilitate or lead hearings, meetings, teams, or work 
groups to encourage participation, build mutual trust, respect and 
cooperation among participants; find, gather and collect information or 
data; develop approaches for implementation of an idea, program or 
change in operations; applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or 
policies and procedures; agency and/or organizational program(s); 
principles, theories, and practices of budget management; court/hearing, 
rules, records, procedures and protocol; ensure compliance with contract 
terms, policies and procedures, etc..

Other Requirements
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, 
heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding 
trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.  pass thorough 
background investigation.  Typically, the employee may sit comfortably 
to perform the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; 
bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; 
driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to 
perform the work.

Additional Preference
Preference may be given to applicants with a Graduate Degree in Social 
Sciences or a related field and those with experience utilizing data 
analysis software such as MS Access, MS Excel, SPSS, etc

Apply On-Line at:  https://statejobs.utah.gov/jobAnnouncement.jsp?rid=9048

Physical Requirements

	

Sedentary

Working Conditions

	

 

On-call

	

[ None ]

Travel

	

[ None ]

Safety Sensitive

	

[ None ]

FLSA Status

	

FLSA Exempt


Contact
Nicole Christiansen
8015384537
nchristiansen at utah.gov

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