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Freedom from Sexual Violence


Research Assistant

Research Assistant
  • Part Time
  • Denver

Website Defi Consulting

Position Title: Research Assistant
Pay Rate: $25/hour
Work Status: Contract; Part-Time (15 hrs/week)
Work Schedule: Schedule may vary to meet job demands; some evenings and weekends are required; some overnight travel is required
Reports to: Project Director/Primary Investigator, Defi Consulting

About the Position and Project

This position is funded through a three-year (Nov. 1, 2017 until Oct. 31, 2020) Research and Evaluation Initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, and is part of the Colorado Forensic Compliance Evaluation Project (CFCEP) team. The research project is designed to determine the efficacy of forensic compliance laws and sexual assault reporting in the state of Colorado.

The CFCEP is a collaboration between Defi Consulting, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the Colorado SANE/SAFE Advisory Project. Research and evaluation will be conducted in partnership with two project sites: the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Denver County) and the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties).

The Research Assistant (RA) will assist the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) in the development and implementation of the CFCEP. The RA will assist the project sites, participate in data collection and analysis, report writing, presentation of results, as well as provide administrative and logistical support for the project.


  • Work under the direction of the PD/PI to fulfill the requirements of the Research and Evaluation grant.
  • Visit the two project sites – Glenwood Springs and Denver – with the PD/PI 3-4 times a year.
  • Work with project site stakeholders to implement data tracking systems best aligned with each site’s capacities and needs.
  • Conduct and participate in meetings with stakeholders as needed, and in collaboration with the PD/PI.
  • Prepare required grant and progress reports and complete required documentation as needed, in collaboration with the PD/PI.
  • Provide logistical support for any grant related meetings as needed (e.g., minutes, email communication, event planning, etc.), including the Forensic Compliance Team (quarterly meetings).
  • Conduct research on sexual assault and arrest and prosecution rates, as needed.
  • Stay abreast of current issues related to the project’s goals.
  • Participate, where possible, in the presentation of data and results at national conferences. Contribute to journal articles for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Carry out all job tasks collaboratively and cooperatively.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of 1 year of related professional experience, preferably conducting research and assessment on sexual violence or, broadly, gender-based violence.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as social work, sociology, criminal justice, political science, women’s studies, or other closely related field. Related professional work experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for education.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of sexual violence.
  • Exceptional analytic and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to culturally-relevant, empowerment and strength-based strategies within an anti-oppression and social justice framework.
  • Commitment to grappling with the complexities of societal power and privilege in order to understand how multiple forms of oppression (racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.) intersect with sexual violence.
  • Demonstrated success with implementing complex projects, including engaging and coordinating with other partners.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Comfort with working in a small, team-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting research, program evaluation, and/or assessment in a community based setting.
  • Previous experience writing for publication and/or presenting research at local or national conferences.
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams with competing needs.
  • Experience with facilitating difficult conversations, focus groups, and meetings.
  • Familiarity with Colorado’s criminal justice system and sexual assault reporting laws.
  • Experience working in a community-based sexual violence advocacy setting.

Application Instructions:

  1. Please submit a cover letter addressing how your knowledge, skills, and experience fit with the position responsibilities and requirements, and your CV/resume, as separate attachments, to:
  • Email: with “Research Assistant” in subject line (preferred)
  • Mail: CCASA, PO Box 40350, Denver, CO 80204

Please follow these instructions to ensure review of your application. Review of applications will begin Monday, October 16th.

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