Although open until filled, priority application date is September 19, 2021.
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The University of Washington’s Information School is seeking a Research Project Manager, CIP to provide research project administration and management support, team oversight, human subjects research coordination and oversight, and communication support.
The NSF Co-designing for Trust project is a year-long project housed in the UW Information School’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP). The CIP’s Mission is to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. This project will develop educational tools that address the issue of problematic information through a participatory design process amongst a broad range of stakeholders. In doing so, it will establish deep and convergent partnerships between academic institutions, community organizations, news and fact checking networks, industry, public libraries and museums, K12 schools, and national interest groups to co-create new educational resources that address problematic information as a critical threat to communication systems.
The Research Project Manager position contributes directly to the CIP’s mission by translating scientific objectives into project operations, driving the project forward, and facilitating the timely completion of key milestones. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of a two-year extension (for a total of three years) if additional funding is secured.
In the iSchool there is an expectation that all faculty and staff will step up where they see an opportunity to apply their special expertise or talents, speak up when they identify opportunities or concerns, and lead by taking actions that exemplify the iSchool’s core values. Leadership within the iSchool is expressed in diverse ways reflecting the variety of styles and cultures that are represented by our faculty and staff.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
Research Project Administration & Management, Team Oversight: •Research Milestone Planning and Oversight: thoroughly understand research project aims and translate into project operations; manage day-to-day operations to ensure deliverables and milestones are met on time and in accordance with CIP, iSchool, and study protocols. This is to be done with particular attention to identifying project challenges, and proactively communicating with the Principal Investigator about challenges and upcoming milestones. •Develop Tools and Project Documentation. with PI, develop project timelines; independently track timelines, and propose ways and means to stay on track for the project milestones set by project investigators and partnering organizations. Document and maintain project procedures and policies. •Coordination of Investigative Team: liaise between and across project investigators, study staff, external partner collaborating organizations, CIP personnel, and sponsor (as necessary) to communicate research objectives, priorities, timelines, and progress; coordinate, participate in, and document project meetings; respond to all queries in a timely manner. Manage relationships with potential stakeholders and sponsors through meetings onsite, offsite and virtual. •Management of External Partner Collaborating Organizations: collaborate and communicate with partnering organization investigators and research teams around both logistics and research goals. Organize project events and meetings. •Study Reporting: produce project operations reports and sponsor-required reporting. •Contribute to External Communications: work with the CIP’s Assistant Director for Communications to coordinate external communications including press releases, web materials, and social media. As required, assist in writing scientific papers for publication. •Research Study Planning: as opportunities arise, collaborate with project investigators and CIP personnel in providing content for grant applications, coordination of planning process/timelines, strategic planning of data collection methods, tools, and reporting, development of study protocols, and production of presentations; may also contribute toward literature reviews. •Perform special projects: as assigned.
Human Subjects Research Coordination and Oversight: •Regulatory Management: maintain and update (as necessary) all human subjects regulatory applications and data use agreements for assigned studies; interpret, and comply with varying requirements by funding agencies, human subjects boards (IRB), FDA regulations, and other regulatory and oversight bodies. •Compliance Oversight: ensure project teams adhere to CIP and UW standards for best practices in human subjects research and are in compliance with all CIP, iSchool, University, and Federal policies and regulations. •Coordinate Participant Activities: coordinate and oversee the screening, recruiting, consenting, and surveying of participants. •Data Collection and Management: coordinate participant data collection; oversee quality control.
General Administration: •Manage the travel process for investigators to attend meetings and conferences and travel to research sites. Manage the travel process for other key stakeholders to meet with investigators. •Manage the human subject incentive and other project-related reimbursement activities. •Collaborate with investigators to confirm project meetings and conference calls.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS •Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, a STEM program, communications or social sciences, or related fields. •Minimum three years demonstrated success in research program management and coordination, preferably in the area of data science applied to societal goals or related areas. •Research experience in relevant areas of social science, law, or data science desirable. •Practical knowledge of compliance requirements of research funding agencies and human subjects boards (IRB). •Significant experience managing complex projects under deadline pressures and changing priorities •Ability to successfully manage a variety of matrixed relationships, including delegating and reviewing the work of staff who are not direct reports. •Superior organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and experience creating and using project tracking systems. •Demonstrated ability to proactively solve problems and take a solutions-oriented approach to challenges; comfortable with ambiguity; and able to work with limited direction/supervision. •Demonstrated success in outreach and communication in a research context. •Outstanding communication skills and a professional demeanor are essential (via phone, in writing and in person). Must be able to communicate technical and detailed information outside of core experience. •Must be able to work independently, as part of a team, and to lead others. •Must be articulate and able to present well in writing, verbally, and via technology. •Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. •Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including experience with public speaking and presenting to professional audiences. •Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and adeptness at learning new software.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS •Master’s degree in a related field. •5+ years’ experience in human subjects research coordination/management. •Research administration experience (e.g., post-award fiscal experience, sponsor management). •Experience in an academic research environment. •Multi-site project management experience. •Multi-investigator team management experience.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU •Full benefits, including medical and dental insurance and retirement plan. •Paid vacation and sick leave, as well as 11 paid holidays a year and one personal day. •Subsidized transit pass. •Work for an exciting, cutting-edge school within the University of Washington.
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