Director of DCAC Research Institute

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Dallas, TX

The Director of the DCAC Research Institute joins the team in studying best practices, emerging trends, outcomes and program evaluation within the DCAC client journey through investigation, prosecution and healing, and seeks to advance the field of child maltreatment, in an effort to improve the system, heal the child and family and ultimately reduce the devastating impact of abuse.

The Director will participate in defining the research strategy and will be responsible for independently leading all clinical and outcomes studies being conducted by the DCAC Research Institute. The Director will manage operational and logistical tasks to ensure efficient execution of studies within established budgets and timelines, ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulations. S/he will coordinate the efforts of internal and external resources to ensure research plan optimization. This person will be responsible for writing and submitting research data for peer reviewed publications and disseminating outcomes to the larger public by conducting lectures and public reviews of research findings.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meaningfully contribute to the 2017-2019 DCAC Strategic Plan by developing research strategies that align with organizational goals
  • Independently manage research evaluation, studies, analysis, publication and dissemination of projects that advance the field of abuse, the role of the MDT, client outcomes, and that advance the agency’s success with reducing the impact of abuse on children.
  • Identify, recruit, train, and manage team within the Research Institute to assist with initiatives.
  • Provide updates and status reports to senior management on a regular basis; report on performance against plan. Manage the budget for research studies. Ensure overall operation is within the approved budget and timeline.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with academic and community-based researchers, agency directors
  • Interface with partners within and outside of DCAC including Child Protective Services, Police Departments, District Attorney’s Office, Children’s Medical Centers, National Children’s Alliance, CACTX.
  • Manage Internal Review Board and assessment of evaluation of research with human subjects and government systems.
  • Oversee compliance with regulatory bodies governing research studies.
  • Represent DCAC at major annual conferences
  •  Ph.D. in Psychology or related field required.
  • Prefer 5-10 years of experience in the social service field with at least three years of hands-on managerial experience running research studies and managing teams.
  • Experience with all aspects of management of large research studies from inception to completion.
  • Strong knowledge of human subjects research regulations.
  • Previous research study site management experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience in experimental and quasi-experimental design.
  • Basic understanding of statistics and statistical methods.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or competence in data analysis and report writing
  • Knowledge and experience with Excel and SPSS software packages.
  • Strong project planning, leadership, negotiation and presentation skills as well as an ability to contribute creative yet practical solutions to problems.
  • Extraordinary research management skills and expertise in searching medical literature and databases for clinical and technical information.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects in parallel, paying attention to detail.
  • Ability to forge cross-functional working relationships with internal teams and external project partners.
  • Ability to be proactive in identifying issues and hurdles that may handicap the effective implementation of the studies and resolve the issues in a timely fashion.
  • Superior writing skills and ability to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical people.
  • Individual should be creative, resourceful, detail-oriented, and flexible, possessing a positive attitude, tact, good judgment, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work well as a team member with staff, community professionals, and volunteers.
  • Individual should ensure accuracy and confidentiality in all work.
  • Must demonstrate/live our organization’s core values: put the child first in all that we do, operate as a seamless team, work with a servant’s heart.

Natasha Bullard

Director of Intern Training

Children’s Institute Inc.
Los Angeles

Children’s Institute is a compassionate, innovative leader in the fields of trauma focused treatment, youth development and early childhood and family support services.  More than 24,000 children and families in some of Los Angeles’ most underserved communities benefit from CII’s commitment to developing and maintaining an investigative learning approach. The work of CII stretches across many disciplines and program structures in order to positively affect the lives of children and families in Los Angeles insuring compliance to all relevant professional regulations and program service, documentation and billing expectations.

This Position Requires:

  • 5 years of managerial, supervisory experience.
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology or Master degree in Social Work required, depending on program.

The Director of Intern Training oversees all the agency internship programs including managing all aspects of recruitment and selection of APA internship, organizing all internship training activities, conducting training seminars, providing direct clinical supervision, working closely with regional managers to coordinate all aspects of clinical experience for interns including monitoring and

Skills and Knowledge Required: 


  • Manages APA internship recruitment and selection activities, including development of related materials and website content.
  • Develops and manages the APA intern training schedule.
  • Conducts seminars and training activities, as needed.
  • Provides clinical supervision to all APA interns.
  • Provides administrative supervision to APA program and interns.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with direct service and professional regulations and expectations by the interns, including timely and thorough documentation of the services they provide.
  • Insures full compliance and ongoing certification of the internship program through the governing body.
  • Provides administrative supervision to MSW internship coordinator and other internship programs agency-wide.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the direct reports.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
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