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Firearm Community Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado Boulder, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is conducting a study on the Gun Shop Project (GSP), a community driven suicide prevention partnership between the firearms community and local public or community health agencies. The GSP Study Team is seeking full-time Community Research Assistants to support research and study tasks throughout Colorado. The aim of this study is to evaluate how the Gun Shop Project can best serve the firearm community in preventing firearm related suicides. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule and ability to travel throughout their area as well as ties to the firearm community and an interest in suicide prevention.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CSPV, we partner with you and use what we know works from prevention science to create a world where individuals, families, and schools flourish in communities free from the harms of violence. We specialize in the challenging and rewarding work of connecting scientific knowledge to real-world settings.

CSPV bridges the gap between research and practice.

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) is conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Gun Shop Project (GSP) efforts in Colorado and across the U.S. While GSPs are being implemented in 21 states throughout the country, studies evaluating GSP implementation and impact are limited. Through our evaluation efforts, CSPV will build upon these previous studies to better understand how GSPs facilitate change within Colorado and the impact GSPs have on suicide outcomes more broadly across communities that support such efforts.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Roles and Responsibilities: As a Community Research Assistant, you will be asked to:

  1. Learn about the GSP study and firearm suicide prevention
  2. Partner with local GSP representatives, project team members, and firearm retailers
  3. Coordinate visits with site staff, GSP representatives, and CSPV project team members
  4. Recruit and enroll sites and participants into the Gun Shop Project evaluation study
  5. Provide information on study goals, timeline, procedures, etc.
  6. Administer surveys to firearm retail location operators, employees, and customers
  7. Maintain records of incentives given to participants
  8. Maintain precise records on survey completion, sites visited and incentive distribution
  9. Participate in regular meetings with the CSPV project team
  10. Protect participant confidentiality
  11. Other duties as assigned

Expectations: Community Research Assistants will be expected to:

  1. Participate in initial training with CSPV staff.
  2. Conduct 3-6 visits per each Gun Shop site (i.e., firearm retail establishment) within the assigned territory.
  3. Coordinate with Partner organizations and recruit possible sites for participation.
  4. Hold regular check-in meetings with supervisors.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

$40,000.00 - $50,000.00.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Minimum Qualifications: The Community Research Assistant position varies in its time commitment, depending on the number of eligible sites in the assigned region and the availability of the GSP representatives. As a result, we ask that Research Assistants have:

  • A Bachelors degree.
  • The ability to travel throughout the state using a personal vehicle
  • Flexibility for working hours and openness to an irregular schedule
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Willingness to engage and encourage members of the firearm community to participate in the study.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Comfortable and well-versed in both firearm safety and culture, as well as an interest in Firearm Suicide Prevention.
  • Previous data collection or entry experience.
  • Spanish language abilities.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request 1 letters of recommendation at a later time.  

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until 2/13/22. Applications will be screened as they are received. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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