Research Project Director - 17819BR

Research Project Director

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships seeks a seasoned professional to expand and maximize our current capacity and tools to meet the research and data analytic needs of the future. With a heavy emphasis on turning insight into action, CPPR is poised to respond to urgent requests for in-depth data analytics, decision-making tools informed by data, and analyzing and predicting trends for the future of children, youth, and families. We seek a social or data scientist with experience running a team, lab of staff, or students in research and evaluation projects, statistical methodology, data management and merging, translating data/research into actionable recommendations for real world application, and creative problem solving with all available information. This experienced professional will preferably have a Ph.D. in a relevant social or data science field, be adept at leading multiple research or data projects, be able to communicate clearly and develop skills in others, and conduct or direct rigorous data analysis techniques. This professional will lead projects and set the vision for positioning CPPR to respond rapidly and rigorously to complex social issues in the systems that affect children, youth, and families (e.g., public health, social services, education).

Job Description

70% Research Project Development and Administration
  • 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

Required Qualifications

1. Master’s degree and 3 years of experience in field of study OR Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of experience in field of study.

Preferred Qualifications

1. PhD. In social sciences and 5 years of experience in research or data related fields
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

Contact Information to Applicants

Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $64,333

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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