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Company:
University of Minnesota
Division:
Extension Center for Family Development
City:
Saint Paul
State:
Minnesota
County:
Ramsey
Country:
USA
Posted: 04/10/2019
Post-Doctoral Associate - Jean W. Bauer Financial Capability

Jean W. Bauer Financial Capability Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Minnesota Extension

Working Title: Financial Capability Post-Doctoral Associate

Appointment: Post-Doctoral Associate (9546), Full-time, 12-month appointment

Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus

Program Area: Extension Center for Family Development

Application Deadline: May 5, 2019; Open until filled

ABOUT EXTENSION

The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through education and applied research. This work helps to carry out the mission of the University of Minnesota Extension by making a difference because it connects community needs and university resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Find further information at https://extension.umn.edu/

ABOUT THIS POSITION

In the Center for Family Development, our financial capability and resource management programming addresses a variety of different audiences and has an impact at all levels (i.e. individual, family, community). Financial capability programming efforts provide educational opportunities aimed at improving the financial well-being of low income individuals, families and diverse groups. Program topics include navigating the banking system, improving the use of credit, building assets and improving general financial well being. The overall goal of our programming is to increase awareness of financial issues leading towards attitudinal change, eventual behavior change, and long term financial well-being.

Working closely with the Applied Research and Evaluation Team, the Financial Resource Management team and the Family Resiliency Program leader, the role of this person will be to lead and build the capacity of the evaluation infrastructure for the Financial Capability program area in the Center for Family Development. This position will provide both funding and mentoring for an emerging scholar with an interest in applied research. The goal of this position is to produce high quality research products, a sustainable evaluation system for the program’s future, as well as to support scholars to become leaders in the field of financial capability and resource management.

This position is supported by the Jean W. Bauer Fund in Financial Management. Dr. Jean W. Bauer was an Extension family resource management specialist and professor in the Department of Family Social Science who passed away in 2012. Dr. Bauer’s body of work focused on the economic well-being of families and communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Evaluation (60%)

  • Develop an overarching logic model for our financial capability programming
  • Develop a common measurement tool to measure impact for use with participants in direct education, individual education, class based education, and professional education
  • Develop and implement a reporting system infrastructure that allows for aggregate evaluation and monitoring of our financial capability programs
  • Develop evaluation tools and systems as needed (for example, for the online financial toolkit and videos)
  • Develop and design an annual report template that can be used for our financial capability programming
  • Align data collection with federal reporting outcomes
  • Develop an organizational survey to collect partnership data on an annual basis
  • Develop a blended financial capability and SNAP-Ed evaluation (ideally Spanish and English versions)

Research (30%)

  • Lead scholarship efforts
  • Design a small impact study of select financial capability programs

Training and Support (10%)

  • Consult with educators regarding best practices for developing evaluations depending upon the educational format and content
  • Serve as a team member on the national Common Measures Team
  • Develop a program evaluation training and toolkit for Extension educators
  • Connect with state agencies and other key stakeholders

QUALIFICATIONS

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD (at the time of hire) in human development and family studies, public health, applied economics, sociology, or public policy with an emphasis on program evaluation, resource management, or a related area by the time of hire
  • Ability to contribute to Extension’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Strong record of academic achievement
  • Strong quantitative skills demonstrated through class work and scholarship
  • Strong writing and verbal skills in English
  • Demonstrated experience in program evaluation
  • Proficiency in statistical software programs such as SPSS and/or R
  • Proficiency in database management in Excel
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills to work with diverse audiences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to read and speak in a second language to English (ideally Spanish)
  • Experience working in Extension and knowledge of the land-grant system
  • Experience teaching or developing financial education programs
  • Experience developing and/or using evaluation survey and measurement tools
  • Experience using Qualtrics

APPOINTMENT

Initial appointment will be for 12 months with the possibility to extend pending the availability of funds, performance, and project needs. Anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. This is a University of Minnesota Academic Professional and Administrative appointment, job code 9546, Post-Doctoral Associate. Benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, are listed on the University of Minnesota Human Resources web page: www.umn.edu/ohr/eb.

TO APPLY

Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/home/careers, Job Opening ID: 329844

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

· Cover letter

· Resume/Vitae

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

 

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

For questions about this position, contact:

Mary Jo Katras, Program Leader – Family Resiliency, mkatras@umn.edu

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.