Research Project Manager - 22282BR

Research Project Manager

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

Position Overview

ATLAS promotes learning and improved outcomes for all students. We create technology-based learning and assessment systems that are accessible and academically rigorous. Our center serves all students, including students with disabilities and struggling learners, as well as their educators.
We specialize in map-based learning systems that are informed by research on skill development, assessment design, and teacher professional development. Our grant-funded research includes writing instruction, science professional development, support for teacher trainers, and science assessment design. We also foster partnerships with diverse organizations that share our focus and commitment to quality learning experiences for all students.

Our center develops and delivers state assessments. The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System assesses students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in English language arts, mathematics, and science. We also offer custom social studies alternate assessments. Our broader state assessments include the Kansas Assessment Program and the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment.

ATLAS is seeking a Research Project Manager with experience in providing oversight and project management to multiple and complex multi-year projects to join our new Research, Development, and Operational Project Support (RDOPS) team. The manager will work with multiple development teams to manage a variety of projects, monitor a portfolio of projects, and work with the Assistant Director of RDOPS to develop personnel so they can effectively operate cross-functionally on projects while serving in a variety of roles.
We especially seek candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Research and development project management
  • Leading and supervising a team of staff
  • Process improvement
  • Quality control processes

KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 72 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work!

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus.

Job Description

50% - Manage and monitor workflow for multiple ATLAS projects. Manage and develop team staff. Examples of work performed may include:
  • Overseeing the project management of multiple projects.
  • Monitoring timelines and deliverables for multiple projects.
  • Identifying project needs such as resources, staff, or finances by reviewing project objectives and schedules.
  • Negotiating with project stakeholders to obtain resources needed to achieve the goals of prioritized projects.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of planning methods, techniques, and existing processes to ensure proper functioning.
  • Training and/or supervising research project coordinators and research personnel as needed.
  • Providing work direction and technical assistance to designated team staff.

25% - Communicate and collaborate with internal and external project partners. Prepare and disseminate project documents. Examples of work include:
  • Developing and effectively communicating presentations to a range of stakeholder audiences.
  • Collaborating with project leads and project stakeholders to identify and resolve project risks and technical issues.
  • Partnering with cross-functional team leads to identify opportunities for short- and long-term project support and collaborative problem-solving.
  • Maintaining and managing documentation of multiple project plans.
  • Preparing documentation about development processes for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Producing and/or reviewing written text, instructional resources, and/or technical reports for a variety of media.

20% - Monitor and provide oversight of processes and activities relating to grant and contract proposals. Examples of work performed may include:
  • Tracking the submission and administration of multiple grant or contractual activities.
  • Monitoring project deadlines and proposal submissions for a portfolio of projects and processes.
  • Lead grant and contract activities related to various funding opportunities, to include monitoring and distributing workload, budget and expenses, etc.

5%- Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • This position allows for a telework or hybrid work location for well-qualified candidates. A telework position may be required to travel to Lawrence up to four times per year.
  • This position will require attendance at regularly scheduled meetings either onsite or through telecommunication platforms.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and one year of relevant experience, project management certification and one year of relevant experience, OR Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant experience.
  • At least three years of work experience managing multiple, concurrent and/or complex projects using a variety of project management tools as evidenced by work history or professional training.
  • At least one year of experience supervising professional staff.
  • Excellent oral and written skills as evidenced by application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one year of work experience with all phases of grant management.
  • Experience with project management initiatives designed to increase efficiency of research and development projects and cross-team collaboration.
  • Successful experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or a combination of both.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  • Online application
  • Résumé
  • Letter detailing your professional experiences that align with the required and preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications will begin on 06/06/2022 and will continue until a successful candidate applicant is identified. To ensure first consideration, apply by 06/06/2022

Contact Information to Applicants

Cynthia Perez

Advertised Salary Range

$60,000, minimum commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

M-F; 8-5

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