Bilingual (Spanish/English) Local Researcher

Location: Rio Grande Valley, TX
STATUS: Part time (up to 20 hours per week)
LOCATION: Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Do you want to help improve social service systems in the United States and beyond by making them more effective, equitable, and just? Are you ready to work for change? This role offers a lot of work schedule flexibility.

At Evident Change, we believe our social systems should help people reach their greatest potential, not create barriers to their success. That’s why we partner with systems professionals and communities to get to the root of their biggest challenges, and we give them the tools and knowledge to achieve better outcomes for everyone involved.

Evident Change, in partnership with several local organizations in the Rio Grande Valley, is currently conducting a multiyear study funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ; #2019-R2-CX-0015) to examine the community contextual factors and individual barriers and facilitators of involvement and desistence of girls and young women associated with local gangs.

Evident Change has openings for part-time local researchers based in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley (e.g., Cameron or Hidalgo counties). These individuals will conduct in-person and virtual interviews with girls and young women who self-identify as being affiliated, involved, or associated with gangs in the community. The positions are expected to begin as soon as possible and go through December 2024.


We are looking for candidate interested in using research to inform systems changes by leveraging the voices of traditionally overlooked or marginalized populations. Our ideal candidate has (1) knowledge about the Rio Grande Valley from living in the region; (2) lived or learned experience engaging girls and young women who have been system impacted; (3) preferred experience completing community-based research activities such as interviewing participants, quantitative or qualitative analysis, providing study trainings, etc.; and (4) fluency in Spanish and English.
Preferred candidates should be seeking or have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field.

The pay rate for this position is $25 per hour and is based on a number of factors, including experience. We offer paid sick leave, mileage reimbursement, and a monthly stipend (up to $50) to support our “work from anywhere” culture.


Get ready to:
  • Partner with our experienced, supportive staff and conduct individual semi-structured interviews with girls and young women in the Rio Grande Valley. 
  • Conduct interviews either in person or via Zoom or another web-based platform, depending on local COVID-19 protocols.
  • Travel to locations that are comfortable for you and the interviewee to meet.
  • Schedule interviews, obtain informed assent/consent for interview participation, provide incentives to interview participants, and provide a written summary of interview themes.
  • Conduct interviews with community stakeholders and human service workers.
  • Assist with data coding, analytics and report writing.
  • Provide general support to the research team.


We are committed to expanding diversity, cultural and lived experience, and expertise on our team. Qualifications include the following:
  • Interested in research and policy and strongly committed to social justice.
  • Current resident of Hidalgo, Cameron, or Willacy County.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and fluent in spoken Spanish (written optional).
  • Access to transportation.
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with girls and young women (ages 14 to 25).
  • Familiar with the unique challenges faced by girls and young women who live in neighborhoods in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Strong verbal communication and engagement skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and flexible to respond to changing situations.
  • Able to work independently, problem solve, and take initiative.
  • Progress toward (junior/third year or above) or recent completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, public health, public policy, social work, sociology, or a related field.
  • Commitment to equity and social justice, and personal and professional development in these areas.
  • Comfortable working with people who have diverse backgrounds and cultural identities.
  • Individuals with relevant life or work experience, including system involvement, are encouraged to apply.
Do you have other attributes that we should consider? Tell us! We want to hear about them.


We are a team with a variety of backgrounds. We employ social workers, those with research and analytics experience, and others who have grown their skills through educational study, personal interest, and learning. What we share is a commitment to our mission. Specifically, you would join a team of researchers who have published work on various efforts related to girls and the juvenile justice system. We want people who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences to the work we do. A diverse staff helps make our efforts to improve systems more informed and effective.


We generally advertise our jobs throughout the United States, resulting in a variety of talent to consider. Interested candidates apply and share their resume and cover letter through an online portal. Selected candidates will be invited to move to the next phase, which involves a brief questionnaire about your background and experience and how you see them relating to the job.
At the next stage, candidates are invited to participate in an online one-way video-style interview, with questions provided in advance to each candidate. This step provides an opportunity to reflect and expand on areas of interest, allowing both you and Evident Change to determine whether the position is right for you. Selected candidates are then invited to participate in a panel interview (which may or may not be remote).


If developing and applying your research skills to effect system change appeals to you, and if our mission and values resonate with you, we invite you to submit an application. For best consideration, apply by September 6, 2022. If you need assistance with an accommodation due to a disability, please email or call (800) 306-6223.

We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, national ancestry, age, religion, sex, ability, skin color, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. We strive to be welcoming to all applicants. Diversity is more than a legal requirement for us; it is one of our core values that we center in our work and our culture.

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