Research Project Director - 17819BR
Research Project Director
- Develop and implement strategic vision of an internal Rapid Insights Team by setting organizational goals, strategies for achieving goals, skillset, capacity, and tool/method assessments, and by effective management of personnel to achieve goals.
- Design frameworks and methods for data science for social good in response to current needs and future foresight needs; identify replicable approaches, just-in-time responses, and maximize existing data/tools/techniques in new ways.
- Understand and apply innovative techniques, methods, and products that are data-informed, easily understandable to the public, and actionable for policy, practice, and common good.
- Provide expert level guidance and development on social science, data science, research methods, data management tools and techniques, statistical analyses, data governance and ethics, and equity-based inclusive methodologies to staff and students.
- Maximize and foster relationships with experts and collaborators within and across University of Kansas campuses to advance common goals and agendas.
- Pursue local, regional, and national strategic partnerships, research areas, and funding opportunities that are CPPR mission-aligned.
- Provide center-wide leadership on data science for social good across all projects and existing CPPR initiatives.
- Lead strategic efforts to develop new projects, scale good ideas, and disseminate project findings, approaches, and methods through multiple venues (e.g., peer-reviewed journals, conferences, training curriculums, tool development).
- Utilize or develop skills and training to serve as Principal Investigator on projects to carry out the expected duties, including hiring, preparing budgets and scopes, quality assurance and deliverables, and compliance with university procedures and policies.
- Maintain accurate and complete documentation (e.g., regulatory documents, signed consent forms, IRB approvals, source documents, subject logs, and study-related communication).
25% CPPR Leadership Team
- Pursue new opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and growth by creating and strengthening partnerships within the University, across state and social services agencies, private foundations, community-based organizations, and beyond.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with local, state, and national partners to promote Center priorities and mission.
- Supervise and/or mentor staff and researchers with a particular emphasis on leading diversity, equity, and inclusion development and approaches.
- Model and implement solution-focused mindset to foster a healthy and innovative work culture, including use of Center tools, Rules of Engagement, and leadership behaviors.
- Create and inspire vision for project and Center work in order to connect staff members to project and to each other.
- Represent Executive Management (Director and Associate Directors) and Center internally and externally.
- Develop and maintain connections to all Center staff to foster engagement.
5% Other Duties as Assigned
2. At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in a leadership role in a research or social service organization
3. Deep content expertise in data analytics, research methodology, and/or children, youth, and family content
4. Demonstrated experience supervising staff and developing talent from diverse backgrounds and disciplines
5. Demonstrated experience developing and directing a portfolio of research or social innovation projects
6. Demonstrated experience adapting to changing contexts by revising approaches and workplans
7. Demonstrated experience leading strengths-based collaboratives or teams with clear vision and goals