Research Project Manager - 12977BR

Research Project Manager

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

Position Overview

The University of Kansas, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is recognized as a leading research center in the field of disability. KUCDD implements and conducts grant-funded projects focusing on (a) applied research on effective assessment and intervention practices with a particular focus on self-determination and transition to employment and (b) interdisciplinary training in the disability field. KUCDD is part of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Parsons in southeast Kansas. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are:
  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Community Services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services)
  • Research
  • Information Dissemination
KUCDD research staff are expected to actively engage in research projects and disseminate research results through print, online resources, and direct, in-person presentation of information.

This position will work across projects to accomplish several objectives: manage development and delivery of training protocols and support materials related to interventions around self-determination including, the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) and the Self-Determined Career Design Model (SDCDM); manage research activities and supervise staff and students; and co-author scientific papers or other dissemination products for presentation and publication. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and interest in self-determination research and evidence-based best practices, has experience working with people with disabilities, and has previous project management experience with funded research studies. Candidates with advanced degrees (e.g, PhD, EdD, etc.) or Master’s degrees in education, social work, psychology, special education, educational psychology, public policy or other related disciplines and experience in research project management are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

30% - Management of Implementation Supports Materials Development
Use content expertise to lead development of training protocols and related supports for implementers of interventions related to self-determination (e.g., SDLMI or SDCDM). Organize materials development activities such as: 1) generating initial materials including presentation templates, online tools and resources, and video demonstrations 2) using focus groups, expert feedback, and other structured methods to receive comprehensive feedback for materials improvement, including compliance with accessibility guidelines 3) recruiting/managing additional support staff as needed to create and improve materials and 4) meeting all materials development activity timelines, in support of related research project requirements.

30% - Trainings and Presentations
Plan, coordinate, and deliver in-person and online trainings and presentations in support of current or future implementors of interventions related to self-determination (e.g., SDLMI and SDCDM). Travel as required to promote KUCDD-developed resources and to provide high-quality customer service to research partners and other community members during onsite visits.

25% - Research Management and Supervision
Contribute to the implementation of existing, funded research projects in the areas of self-determination. Conduct and/or guide the analyses of data from research projects related to interventions that use the SDLMI, the SDCDM, the Self-Determination Inventory and other interventions and assessments designed to increase self-determination. Directly supervise the work of professional staff and students supporting research project goals as required. Ensure IRB policies are followed for all research involving human subjects related to project activities. Prepare and submit progress reports to federal and other funding agencies. Engage and participate in community, state, and national meetings or groups that focus on self-determination, inclusive education, transition, and/or disability research. Complete other research management and supervision tasks as assigned.

10% - Dissemination of Research Findings
Produce technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, other manuscripts, and additional dissemination products related to research project activities and analyses. Disseminate and present findings and research activities or products at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.

5% - Support additional training or research activities as assigned.

Required Qualifications

1. Advanced degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, etc.) in education, social work, psychology, special education, educational psychology, public policy or other related discipline and (1) year of related professional experience, OR Master’s degree with minimum of two (2) years of related professional experience.

2. One or more years of experience developing and delivering trainings via in-person or online formats

3. Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview

4. Strong attention to detail as evidenced by application materials

5. Strong interpersonal, organizational and research administration skills as evidenced by application materials and interview

Preferred Qualifications

1. One or more years of research experience in areas such as: self-determination assessment and instruction; strengths-based education; transition to post-secondary education and employment, supports needs assessment.

2. Experience with data management, analysis and storage systems (e.g., SPSS, SAS, RedCap, MS Access).

3. Three (3) or more years of experience using multiple types of computer software and websites (e.g., Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mail Chimp, Survey Monkey, Qualtrics, Zoom/Skype and other video-conferencing software) as demonstrated by application materials, portfolio and work experience.

4. Demonstrated strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer-reviewed research articles, other print and electronic publications and experience presenting at conferences and professional meetings as indicated by application materials and interview.

5. One or more years of supervision of professional research staff, including graduate students.

6. One or more years of professional marketing or communications experience.

7. One or more years of experience working with people with disabilities and their families.

8. Broad, documented understanding of the complex, dynamic, and diverse nature of disability research and familiarity with the varied perspectives of multiple stakeholders as indicated by application materials and interview.

9. One or more years of experience participating in and contributing to approaches to training and research that use interdisciplinary teams and varied perspectives.

10. One or more years of experience working with more than one research project at a time.

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, including email, phone and relationship to the applicant.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for applications is 10/21/18.

Contact Information to Applicants

Lisa Hildebrandt
KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

Advertised Salary Range

57,060 - 64,000

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