Research Project Manager - 22161BR

Research Project Manager

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

Position Overview

The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR), a designated center within the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI), seeks a full-time Research Project Manager to manage implementation of strategic initiatives. CPPR specializes in applied research, partner acceleration, and venture approaches that support our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR drives change at local, state, and national levels through applied research, data science, digital and systems transformation, strategic foresight and innovation, and translation and dissemination efforts that support national, state, and community partners in realizing their vision for healthy, flourishing families and communities. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about social change for good.

The person in this position will work under general supervision to advance CPPR’s mission by expertly communicating with internal and external stakeholders; determining strategy and developing strategic workplans; and translating our work to multiple audiences. This position may involve the management and strategic direction of grants and contracts as well as internal CPPR initiatives. The successful applicant should have prior experience working with community stakeholders; collecting, managing, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data; and sharing findings with partners outside of the academic community. The applicant should demonstrate the ability to think critically and convert big-picture vision and direction to strategic sequencing of work and tasks. Experience working on issues related to maternal and child health is helpful.
This position is contingent upon funding.
The University of Kansas offers competitive benefits that include health benefits, paid leave and holidays, optional Flexible Spending, Health Savings Accounts, and life insurance; Employee Assistance Program, retirement benefits, and much more that can be found on the KU Human Resources Management page.
At the heart of our mission, AAI is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the many communities we serve. To this end we commit to addressing the structural and systemic inequities that prevent marginalized populations from thriving. We strive to create a safe workplace where there is no tolerance for discrimination and harassment. We stand with Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQIA+ ​community, people with disabilities, and all individuals who are marginalized or oppressed. We join the movement to make KU and the world around us a better place.

Job Description

75% - Project and Staff Management
  • Plan and lead execution of project/work plans - for a portfolio of projects, for a single large project, or for a significant and defined component of a very large project.
  • Lead grant and contract activities related to various funding opportunities, to include monitoring and distributing workload, budget and expenses, etc.
  • Track and coordinate deliverables, work plan, and timelines to ensure completion of work.
  • Manage project scope of works and budgets.
  • Deliver presentations and technical assistance related to the project's activities and findings.
  • Synthesize and convey complex ideas into clear, compelling, and varied communications.
  • May serve as PI.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise staff.
  • Provide guidance, clarification, and feedback to direct reports, project or initiative staff, and team leads.
  • Represent CPPR and the University of Kansas to funders and external partners, and CPPR projects and teams at relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars, as needed.
20% - Center-wide and/or Cross-cutting initiatives
  • Serve as lead or co-lead on assigned internal-facing initiatives to support CPPR's mission.
  • Identify and collaborate with other functional area peers as needed to implement project or initiative goals.
  • Under direction, develop proposals and secure funding for new projects.
  • Provide vision for new projects and ensure that the projects meet the goals and objectives of CPPR in cooperation with state and local partners.
  • Communicate CPPR's mission to potential partners on local, state, and national levels.
5% - Other Duties as Assigned
  • Mobilize people and resources to forward the mission of CPPR.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as directed by supervisor.

Position Requirements

Due to COVID restrictions, this position may begin teleworking (depending on start date and current health guidelines) and may transition to a hybrid of on-site work and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will not be considered. Travel and in-person work may be required.

Required Qualifications

1. Master's degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or related field and 1 year of relevant experience OR Bachelor's degree in Education, Social Welfare, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, or related field and 4 years of relevant experience.
2. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials.
3. Three (3) years of demonstrated experience in policy and/or program development and implementation.
4. Three (3) years of demonstrated experience managing project or initiatives.
5. One (1) year experience supervising professional staff.

Preferred Qualifications

1. PhD in Education, Psychology, Social Welfare, Sociology or related field.
2. Knowledge of the University of Kansas, its policies and its procedures.
3. Excellent oral communications skills as demonstrated by application materials.
4. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to exercise initiative when necessary and appropriate.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review will begin on May 23, 2022 and continue until a qualified applicant is identified. To ensure first consideration, apply by May 22, 2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Virginia Musser

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $65,000

Work Schedule

During the hours of 8am-5pm M-F

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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