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Research Associate
Title:Research Associate
Location:All Locations

Number of Vacancies: 1

Employment Status: Part-Time Temporary

Pay Plan, Series & Grade:

Salary Range:  Not to exceed $8,000.00

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: Van Ness Campus, Washington, DC

Brief Description of Duties

Required Qualifications

The Research Associate will support the research, outreach and community education work of the office of the Dean & Director of Land-grant Programs of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). The Research Associate works closely with and reports directly to the Dean & Director of Land-grant programs. Responsibilities include data research, assisting in the implementation of research projects, preparing research findings for presentation, conducting independent research including literature research, data collection, compilation of data and data analysis for preparation of reports, presentations, speeches etc. with a focus on the continuous improvement of CAUSES. The incumbent is expected to perform assigned duties with a high degree of independence, professionalism, initiative and efficiency, exercising good judgment, paying attention to detail. The incumbent must be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing and must be highly proficient in the use of ICT tools incl. MS Office, SPSS, Research Gate, Blogs, YouTube etc.

1. Carries out research related tasks on topics relevant to the work of CAUSES incl. sustainable economic development, stakeholder processes, urban agriculture, IPM, WRR, and related topics.
2. Provides for the dissemination of research results conducted by CAUSES program staff and the office of the Dean & Director of Land-grant Programs of CAUSES.
3. Assists the Dean & Director in securing resources for the development and implementation of new research projects.
4. Assists the Dean & Director in maintaining and expanding community partnerships that expand the impact and reach of CAUSES research and community education programs.
5. Provides research assistance for CAUSES research, outreach and community education projects as directed by the Dean & Director.
6. Prepares research results for inclusion in informational materials, speeches, presentations and workshops to local, regional, national and international audiences.
7. Establishes increased presence and visibility of CAUSES programs among relevant constituencies incl. Government agencies, non-profits, the private sector, academic associations and educational institutions.
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8. Serves as an informational source about research and education activities of the academic and land-grant programs of CAUSES for students, faculty, administrators and the community at large.
9. Collaborates closely with the CAUSES assessment and marketing and PR units to develop ICT, social media, and print resources for purposes of communicating and disseminating research results.
10. Interfaces with program, academic and operations staff in CAUSES as well as relevant UDC offices to ensure that work is conducted in a strategic, effective and efficient manner.
11. Prepares and maintains documents and reports on a personal computer to track research results, various data collections, and data analysis and makes recommendations to the Dean of CAUSES.
12. Performs other relevant duties as assigned.


1. Bachelor’s degree and/or relevant professional experience appropriate to the programs and mission of CAUSES and the responsibilities outlined in the position description. Master’s degree preferred.
2. At least three (3) years of related experience.

Information to Applicant

Condition of Employment:  Temporary employment is restricted to a one year appointment and employment may be ended at anytime with or without cause. 

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Selectee is not eligible to participate in the University’s benefits plan. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity ore expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, disability or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

Contact Information:  All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5020.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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