Project Director

New York, NY
Commensurate With Experience
May 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple NIH- and CDC-funded studies, the senior Project Director will be a core member of a high-performing, fast-paced, productive, and close-knit, but geographically diverse interdisciplinary research team in Columbia University School of Nursing's Center for Health Policy. 

The primary funded research project that the Project Director will be responsible for is designed to examine the integration of infection management and palliative care in nursing homes across the nation. The Project Director will provide oversight, direction and support for the Project Managers of two other studies that the team is working on: (1) examining infection prevention capacity in nursing homes and (2) examining infection prevention capacity in home health settings. 

The primary responsibilities of the Project Director will include: 

  • Collaborating with and facilitating communication with research team members ranging from senior scientists to new PhD students; 
  • Ensuring compliance with all federal and university requirements including the development and submission of Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, modifications and renewals; preparing and submitting data use agreements; and developing and submitting annual progress reports to the funding agency; 
  • Coordinating activities with subcontracts and other funded research projects including ensuring IRBs are up to date and that invoices are correct, timely paid, and charged to the correct grants; 
  • Managing the implementation of a large national survey of nursing homes including participant recruitment and data collection; 
  • Overseeing data entry, management and cleaning of survey data as well as other large existing national data sets (e.g., the Minimum Data Set); 
  • Completing a comprehensive analysis of primary and secondary data in collaboration with the team; 
  • Reviewing and synthesizing research literature and analytic reports; 
  • Assisting with dissemination including the development of original abstracts and manuscripts; 
  • Managing the day-to-day activities of graduate student research assistants (GRAs); and 
  • Performing other responsibilities and projects as needed and assigned. 

This is a full-time, temporary position that is currently funded for four (4) years with the possibility of extension. 

Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a master's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus five (5) years of related experience.

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and superb written and oral communication skills are a must for this role. The Project Director must have experience in managing a research project and conducting data analyses and survey research methods. The successful incumbent will have the ability to work in a team setting with minimal supervision and be able to set priorities while handling multiple tasks. Experience in health services research and supervision of staff are also required. 

S/He must also be highly proficient in software applications (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, a statistical package, etc.)  

Preferred Qualifications:
A PhD degree is preferred for this role. A background in epidemiology, health services research infection prevention and/or long-term care is also strongly preferred.  

Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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