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Director of Research and Evaluation

University of South Carolina

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Advertised Title

Director of Research and Evaluation




College of Social Work


COSW Institute for Families in Society

Advertised Salary Range

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience

Location of Vacancy

Part/Full Time

Full Time

Hours per Week


Position Category

Full-time Equivalent (FTE)


12 months

Work County


Tenure Information

Professional Track

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About UofSC

About University of South Carolina

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelors degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefits for FTE Positions

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers state employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the benefits section on the Applicant Portal.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The Institute for Families in Society (IFS), College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) is seeking a Director of Research & Evaluation to join its Integrated Health and Policy Research (IHPR) Unit. This Unit is an interdisciplinary team of researchers, biostatisticians, data scientists, GIS and data visualization specialists who conduct research and policy analysis to support health care and delivery system reform, as well as health services, evaluation, and health policy initiatives specializing in Medicaid and health equity. This unit is funded through external research dollars and has been continuously funded since 1997. The primary appointment will be to support and grow the Institutes Medicaid project portfolio, which currently includes a large body of work for the SC Department of Health and Human Services. We seek candidates with expertise in public policy/health policy analysis, health services research, health economics, risk management and insurance, including evaluation of health programs, with an emphasis on Medicaid quality, managed care policy, behavioral health, and Medicaid managed long-term services and supports and other Medicaid waivers. This position is eligible for Research Faculty rank of Research Associate Professor

The UofSC is one of the Southeasts major public research institutions. Would you be interested in joining an award-winning urban research university? At UofSC, we emphasize work-life balance. With excellent benefits, competitive pay, and an exciting location, UofSC could be the place for you. Located in Columbia, SC, UofSC is only 2 to 3 hours from the coast or the Blue Ridge mountains. Our faculty are nationally and internationally known for their research activity. UofSC has received the top ranking by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with Highest Research Activity. IFS-sponsored research awards have totaled more than $6 million each of the last eight years, significantly impacting work contributing to improving the lives of South Carolinians.

The Director of Research & Evaluation leads the development and execution of research, evaluation, and technical assistance in the Integrated Health and Policy Research (IHPR) unit of the Institute for Families in Society (IFS). Primary responsibilities are to lead research and evaluation projects of the ongoing work with the SC Medicaid agency. This position also will develop and lead projects with state and federal agencies and foundation sponsors, helping to identify research questions; design research methodologies; perform and supervise research; develop research teams; serve as liaison for IHPR unit with internal and external stakeholders; prepare and present results for academic, policy, practitioner, and public audiences; and provide project management and oversight of contracts, budgets, and multiple research teams.

Preference will be given to those who have applied research and capacity-building experience in Medicaid or other health policy work. The position is a 12-month ongoing and renewable research appointment with an opportunity for professional growth. IHPR is a stable, continually funded unit with over five million dollars annually funding from multiple sources and funding intervals. This position is onsite and requires work to be performed in person at the Institute for Families in Society offices with flexibility for some remote work.

Required Education and Experience

Terminal degree in public health, health services research, health policy, or related discipline.

Five (5) years of experience in progressively responsible leadership roles and procurement of contract/grant research funding.

Knowledge of Medicaid and relevant health policy or health system topics such as health care delivery system innovations and payment reforms (e.g., ACOs, bundled payments, value-based purchasing), CMS demonstrations, etc.

Knowledge of research and evaluation methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and at least five years of experience supporting and conducting rigorous health and/or social science research

Experience writing and implementing grant proposals and/or contracts

Demonstrated understanding of policies and procedures related to data security and privacy. Ability to work within a HIPAA secure environment.

Demonstrated management skills and general knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate to diverse audiences

Ability to remain highly organized, attend to detail, manage multiple projects simultaneously, remain flexible and meet dynamic deadlines

Expertise in the use of software applications for creating publications, databases, spreadsheets, evaluation applications, and word processing

Ability to work collaboratively with diverse research teams including faculty, affiliates, staff, and students, as well as external sponsors and stakeholders required; supervisory experience preferred

Entrepreneurial skills required: i.e., expertise in identifying and executing unique research, funding, and collaborative opportunities

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies:

experience with SAS, SQL, Python, R, and/or other programming software;

experience with Tableau or other data visualization packages;

analysis involving large data sets;

proven track record of external research funding;

knowledge of health insurance programs in addition to Medicaid, such as Medicare or private health plans and Managed Care Organizations;

research interest and/or experience in health services, social determinants of health, geospatial relationship to health and service delivery;

ability to set priorities, well-honed problem-solving skills; the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams; be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills.

Posting Detail Information

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Job Open Date


Job Close Date

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicant

For application to be considered complete, it must include:

UofSC application

Curriculum Vitae

3 Professional References

Cover Letter, and

Research Statement

The main goal of a research statement is to walk the search committee through the evolution of the research, highlighting research accomplishments and the next steps for the work. To a certain extent, the following steps that you identify within your statement will also need to touch on how the candidates research could benefit the position and academic unit. This might be grant money, faculty collaborations, or other efforts. The following questions frame the research statement with the application.

What got you interested in this research?

What was the burning question that you set out to answer?

What challenges did you encounter along the way, and how did you overcome these challenges?

How can your research be applied to policy, practice, systems change or development?

Why is your research necessary within your field?

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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