Research Project Coordinator - 12348BR

Research Project Coordinator

Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The KU Transition to Postsecondary Education for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities (KU TPE) is an inclusive postsecondary education program at the University of Kansas that provides young adults with intellectual disabilities a credentialed college program in which the students participate in all typical campus academic and student life activities. In addition, KU-TPE students participate in high quality and fully inclusive work-based learning experiences aligned with their career interests.

The Research Project Coordinator, as part of the project team, will coordinate system for TPE students to fully participate in student life/social activities, may support the development of academic adaptations, help students connect with campus and other resources, serve as primary point of contact for KU administrative units (financial aid, admissions, Office of the First Year, etc.), lead student recruitment and student onboarding activities. This position includes elements of systems change as well as individualized supports and advocacy in order to develop a program that can be sustained beyond federal funding.

The Research Project Coordinator will supervise student hourly Peer Mentors and be responsible for overall program implementation, in collaboration with the KU TPE program team. Some regional travel is required and occasionally work outside of typical M-F, 8-5 hours. This position is 30 hours per week with the potential to increase. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, very organized, creative problem-solver, and has excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Job Description

  1. 50% - Develop program-level system and individualized supports for KU-TPE students.
    1. Work with students, KU student clubs and organization (including Greek Life) to increase KU TPE student participation in KU student life activities and social opportunities.
    2. Support students in social problem-solving and identifying preferred social activities and interests.
    3. May work with the KU TPE Academic Advisor and course instructors to develop and implement individualized course assignment adaptations for KU TPE students.
    4. Support students to make informed decisions about their progress and meeting their goals.
    5. Participate in student person-centered planning meetings and ensuring steps are taken to help students meet their goals.
    6. Connect students with services and resources, as needed, both within and outside of KU.
    7. Develop systems to support students to learn and practice executive functioning skills related to college setting. This includes appropriate use of social media, group texting, texting, emailing, using calendars and advanced planning.
  2. 15% - Act as first point of contact for KU TPE across multiple stakeholders including.
    1. KU administrative units (e.g. financial aid, admissions, student affairs, registrar, housing, student involvement and leadership center, etc.)
    2. Current and prospective students and their families
    3. Collaborate with KU Housing staff regularly to ensure communication and appropriate support is provided to dormitory staff as well as KU TPE students.
    4. With other KU TPE staff, coordinate student schedules across KU TPE program (e.g. peer mentors, tutoring, academic advising, employment)
  3. 10% - Lead team and provide day-to-day coordination of student recruitment and onboarding activities.
    1. Organize recruitment open house events and attend college nights in the NE Kansas region (by invitation).
    2. Oversee social media, web content, and other marketing methods.
    3. Coordinate with Office of the First Year regarding KU Orientation activities.
    4. Coordinate the KU TPE Summer Tutorial for incoming freshmen and their families.
    5. Coordinate early preparation activities for all KU TPE students a few days before and during Hawk Week.
  4. 15% - Supervise student hourly employees to fulfill their job duties.
  5. 5% - Maintain recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
  6. 5% - Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three (3) years of related professional experience, OR Master’s degree with minimum of one (1) year of related professional experience.
  2. Minimum of one (1) year experience working with young adults with intellectual disabilities.
  3. Strong interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Experience working independently and with collaborative teams evidenced by work experience.
  6. Strong computer skills especially with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as with online technologies.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, education, social work or related field.
  2. Previous experience working with an inclusive postsecondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
  3. Previous professional experience with college-level academic or student services.
  4. Experience adapting and modifying academic materials for individuals in inclusive settings.
  5. Experience providing life-coaching or other methods of helping others increase their social activities.
  6. Creative problem-solving experience using a variety of resources.
  7. Excellent verbal communication skills as demonstrated by the interview and references.

Additional Candidate Instructions

In addition to the online application, all of the following documents must be received to be considered for this position:

1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
2. Resume.
3. Contact information for three professional references.
4. Your perspective on this topic:
  • What are critical elements of an inclusive college experience for people with intellectual disability?
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for applications is 7/21/18.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dana Lattin,

Advertised Salary Range

$22.00-27.00/hr ($34,320 - $42,120 annually at .75 FTE)

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Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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