Research Project Director - DataWall

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Life Span Institute, SWIFT Education Center, is seeking applicants who can provide part time work to a project funded by the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) entitled: Project DataWall: A Decision Support System for MTSS. This grant funded position has one year left of funding. This position will collaborate with the DataWall Project’s Principal Investigator (PI), and internal and external partners to ensure the successful completion of project outcomes and deliverables including directing and managing aspects of a pilot study to be conducted within a local district in four treatment schools who have access to the system. Data will be collected in both treatment and control schools to determine the promise of this Decision Support System for improving outcomes for students with or at risk for a disability. This position will be responsible for guiding the team through all decision-making processes and, as such, is involved at all levels of decision making with internal and external collaborators and partners. This position maintains oversight of all functions of this project in collaboration with PI and team and will ensure that deliverables and project outcomes are met. This person will be leading all planning and operations related to this project.

Successful applicants need to have a passion to advance equity through an intentional paradigm shift. The SWIFT Education Center values the humanity of every student in our schools and works with our partners to remove barriers to their success. SWIFT is leading the charge to create real change with state and local educational agencies, charter management organizations, and the schools, educators, and students they serve. The goal is to create lasting change in educational systems across the country, transforming education so that it benefits each and every student, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they live. This is done through contracted work and federally funded grants.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in individuals who can accomplish broad responsibilities around (a) leadership development, (b) technical assistance and executive coaching at the state, regional, district and/or building leader levels, (c) professional learning, (d) research and evaluation, and (e) directing and managing all planning and logistical aspects for assigned projects both in person and virtually.

In line with the mission of the SWIFT Education Center, preference will be given to individuals with significant experience working with diverse populations and with extensive knowledge regarding issues of equity and social justice within the education system.

Job Description

40% - Directing, managing, and carrying out project activities as outlined in the project(s) performance agreement in conjunction with the project team, such as in-person coaching to building or district leaders; collecting data through surveys, focus groups, and observations; and analyzing primary and secondary sources of data.

30% - Directing, leading, planning, and managing all aspects of Project DataWall and guiding the team through all decision making processes with attention to organizing and coordinating complex schedules of internal and external collaborators, PI, and IES Program Director as needed; organizing and facilitating all project team meetings; communicating with district partners; and maintaining all project files.

15% - Reporting out project progress to the larger SWIFT Education Center, as well as to the IES Project Officer in quarterly meetings and through the creation of the annual IES project reports.

15% - Leading dissemination efforts for the project including writing an internal district report, annual IES report, various manuscripts, and presenting project results at conferences.

Position Requirements

  1. This position is Part Time (20 hours per week)
  2. Must be available to travel nationally 50% of the time.

Required Qualifications

  1. Masters in Education or related field (i.e.Curriculum and Instruction, School Psychology, School Social Work.) from an accredited institution and three years of experience in field of study.
  2. Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. PhD in Education or related field (i.e Curriculum and Instruction, School Psychology, School Social Work) from an accredited institution.
  2. Research experience related to diverse populations.
  3. Knowledge regarding issues of equity and social justice within the education system as evidenced by application materials
  4. Proficiency in Google Suites, Word, and Excel for project management as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Experience working collaboratively within a team structure.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Include cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Cover letter and resume should clearly indicate how you meet required and/or preferred qualifications.
  • Review of applications begins September 29th, 2023, and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants has been received.

Contact Information to Applicants

Hoon Choi -

Advertised Salary Range

$40,000 - $52,000

Work Schedule

20 hours/week, travel time 50% at various locations

Application Review Begins

Friday September 29, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Monday October 16, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26169BR
  • Department:  Bureau of Child Research
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  Telework
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  29-Sep-2023

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