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Prevention Science Specialist


Institute of Behavioral Science

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) seeks a Prevention Science Specialist, who will provide technical assistance and evaluation support to state and community partners involved with the Communities That Care (CTC) Colorado initiative. CTC is a prevention science model that supports local community coalitions to make data-driven decisions that reduce risk, promote protection, and address problems related to youth violence, substance use, and mental health. CTC in Colorado is supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in 47 communities across the state. CDPHE contracted CSPV to lead the statewide evaluation efforts of CTC Colorado and provide technical assistance to communities on evidence-based practices for implementation and evaluation. This position is classified as a Professional Research Assistant who will report to the Project Manager. 

Who We Are

Located at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at CU Boulder, CSPV seeks to bridge the divide between research, practice, and policy to reduce problem behaviors and promote positive youth development. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

General Responsibilities:

  • Translate scientific information in practical, applicable terms for a variety of audiences at the community, school, family, and individual levels in urban and rural contexts;
  • Build local capacity to collect, interpret, and understand data to support decision making;
  • Enhance understanding of scientific best practices to effectively address core issues;
  • Build community capacity to monitor and evaluate local-level interventions;
  • Learn from communities to inform research and scientific findings.

What You Should Know

This position involves travel ranging 25%-50% of the time including some overnights, to community meetings across the state, with at least one day per week in the office in Boulder, Colorado. 

What We Can Offer

The base salary starts at $55,000 but is negotiable. 


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

  • Exceptional interpersonal communications skills, including ability to listen and speak to a variety of audiences, facilitate groups and meetings, and write professionally.
  • Experience in advising, consulting, or providing technical assistance to communities or organizations in areas related to evidence-based implementation and evaluation.
  • Experience in implementation or evaluation of environmental prevention strategies and community-level systems changes, including policy, physical/built environment, and social norms education or outreach approaches.
  • Ability to collaborate and form relationships with diverse stakeholders and partners, including government agencies, non-profit agencies, schools, and youth.

What You Will Need

  • Flexible and adaptable to tailor a standardized process to meet local needs.
  • Ability to understand the bigger picture and analyze the details within.
  • Ability to be highly self-directed, as well as a collaborative team player.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Up-to-date computer skills and an understanding of how to learn and utilize database and statistical programs such as Microsoft Excel, SPSS, or SAS.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in public health, social sciences, or related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request 1 letter of recommendation, if needed, as the search progresses. 
Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2018.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer