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Visiting Senior Research Specialist – 988 Crisis Hub

Jane Addams College of Social Work Policy Center

Requisition ID: 1017122

Posting Close Date: August 25, 2023

Position Summary:

The Visiting Research Specialist will provide administrative coordination and support for project management, research, communication and community engagement for Crisis Hub staff throughout the state for successful implementation of Illinois’ community crisis response continuum.

Interest, knowledge or understanding of the mental health system and crisis intervention programs, along with prior work experience with persons directly impacted by mental health services and involvement in related research and policy activities are important attributes.

The successful candidate shall work directly with Hub staff, providers and participants in the state’s crisis services continuum, including key collaborators/partners in the CESSA implementation, Lifeline Call Centers, mobile crisis response teams, and other interested constituents.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Coordinate with Principal Investigator and researchers to develop objectives and design of research projects and proposals.
  • Assist in data collection and analysis for administration of online surveys and assessments to a statewide audience, coordinate communications, collection, and storage of survey results.
  •  Support analysis plans, report-writing and dissemination of results, prepare reports including visual and narrative summaries of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Monitor project developments on an ongoing basis. Propose and implement changes as needed.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to improve execution of tasks, including but not limited to, improving administrative and operational systems and platforms related to the program.
  • Support the identification and documentation of relevant local resources for potential partnership within the state’s community crisis care continuum in each county/jurisdiction.

Convening and Committee Management

  • Coordinate and support the work of program activities such as online meetings, webinars, conference calls and in-person engagement events to accomplish project goals. This includes scheduling meetings, organizing, and managing logistics, communicating with participants, and producing pre-meeting agenda and related materials, and documenting meeting content, results, and action steps.
  • Organize and maintain current program records and files through multiple project-specific databases and project management systems.
  • Compile information related to project domains, and tag and enter information into the program knowledgebase to track projects, resources, and publications relevant to the work of the crisis continuum and its associated initiatives (590, 988, CESSA).


  • Contribute material, prepare results, and assist in the writing of research findings for publications, papers, presentations, grants, and other documents for publication.
  • Assist Principal Investigator and leadership staff in grant and manuscript submission.
  • Build and foster relationships with providers, partners, participants, advisers, etc.
  • Participate in check-in calls with providers, partners, and committee members to document project progress, identify technical assistance needs, and facilitate connections to other communities, and identify opportunities to support and advance their initiative.
  • Participate in learning communities and contribute to the discussions, share resources, and work to maintain vibrant engagement on the platform.
  • Prepare and submit all required reports to state and national funders/partners.

Staff Management

  • Guide, train and advise lower-level researchers and students on techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required. Master’s degree in social science preferred.
  • A minimum of three (3) years related research experience.
  • Possesses and applied advanced knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices, and methods.

To apply please submit an application, curriculum vitae, and the name and address of three references using the correct UIC Job Board link. All applications must be submitted online. Apply here.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by August 25, 2023.

The salary for this position is $60,000. This is a full-time and benefits eligible position. UIC offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience. In addition, all full-time benefits eligible positions include a comprehensive benefits package which include Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability & AD&D insurance, a defined benefits pension plan, as well as paid leave, which includes Vacation, Holiday and Sick.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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