Director of the Policy Research Collaborative

Chicago, Illinois
Sep 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

The Policy Research Collaborative (PRC) at Roosevelt University is an applied research center that works to strengthen metropolitan Chicago communities by collaborating with community partners whose mission is to alleviate social problems and create positive social change. The Director of the PRC provides strategic vision, leadership, and administrative oversight of the center. The Director is responsible for setting research and programming priorities as well as obtaining funding to support such priorities. The core activities of the Director include: expand research grant funding for applied research projects; obtain/manage/complete grant/research projects;; manage day-to-day PRC operations, including directing students; and establish ties with community and university partners around research. The PRC Director position is supported by the university and reports to the Associate Provost for Research.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

MA with 3 + years of experience in evaluation or applied social science is required.

An established record of conducting applied, community based research, particularly funded research.

Successful record of planning, managing budgets, and administering community-based research grants and/or contracts.
Ability to work in a variety of complex community environments as well as developing relationships between community and university research team members. Within the context of furthering collaborative university/community projects, the ability to represent the interests of the Center and the University in planning meetings inside and outside the university.

Ability to write reports, organize and write research grant proposals, make public presentations, and effectively communicate with the general public, unencumbered by technical jargon.

Successful record of effectively communicating to undergraduate students and graduate students in teaching and mentoring settings.

Proven ability to promote an environment that rewards new ideas, builds collaborations, encourages teamwork, and promotes diversity.

Proven communication and interpersonal skills. Models, encourages and facilitates open and effective communication. Interacts effectively with people from different cultures, educational levels and backgrounds; creates an environment of understanding and acceptance.

Strategic thinker who can also implement solutions. Able to utilize creative problem-solving skills to gain cooperation of internal and external partners.

Excellent organizational, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal skills and attention to detail.

Ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships.

Ability to demonstrate a commitment to service excellence by embodying Roosevelt’s core values, mission, and vision in every aspect of the role working with students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

A positive and professional demeanor is a must.

Demonstrated proficiency in quantitative and qualitative software packages as well as Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Years of Experience Required 3 Required Education Masters Degree Certification/Licensure Required   Minimum Qualifications

Please refer to knowledge, skills, and abilities required.

Preferred Qualifications


Equipment Operated

Basic office equipment (desktop computer, copier/ multi-function device, fax and telephone).

Working Conditions

Normal climate-controlled office environment is provided. Job is largely sedentary, but there is a need to move about the office and buildings frequently. Occasional bending, stooping, lifting, pushing and/or pulling is required (typically less than 10 pounds of weight or pressure). Regular use of desktop computer is required, calling for frequent hand/wrist movement and repetition. Moderate level of stress. Occasional travel within the local or regional setting may be required.