Research Manager

Jun 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty and energy & environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs' evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. In sum, UChicago Urban Labs: - Uses research and evidence to understand how cities can work better - Tests the most promising, cost-effective policies and programs - Works with civic partners to implement and evaluate solutions in real time - Scales solutions to cities across the country and around the world For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to

Unit Job Summary: The Crime Lab is seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of youth violence preventions and interventions. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and NYC-area universities, as well as a team of administrative staff, other project staff, research analysts, and student research assistants.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree economics, public policy, sociology, or a closely related field required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum two years related work experience required. Experience with quantitative data analysis to support the research design preferred. Previous experience working in a research organization or managing research projects preferred. Previous fieldwork experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail required. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders required. Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required. Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required. Knowledge and understanding of crime policy and violence research literature strongly preferred.

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