Tisch College Research Center Program Manager

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DescriptionThis is a part-time position working 17.5 hours per week.

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares Tufts students to become active citizens and community leaders. As the only university-wide college of its kind, its mission is to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It conducts groundbreaking research on young people’s civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships. Tisch College is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement.

The Tisch College Community Research Center (TCRC) supports research projects undertaken jointly by community members in partnership with Tufts faculty and/or students. Research we support must involve a formal community partner and produce valuable scholarship while yielding knowledge useful to the community, with a special but not exclusive emphasis on Tufts’ host communities of Somerville, Medford, and Boston’s Chinatown. Likewise, priority is given to research focused on redressing issues of social inequity. The TCRC is run by a steering committee of community members and Tufts faculty, and is directly supported by funding from Tisch College.

Designs and develops vision, goals and objectives for a university Program or Project and is often the Principal Investigator. This individual determines program/project strategy and implementation plans. Plans data management systems, writes grants and proposals for continued or new funding and oversees financial and operational management, marketing strategies, publicity, and external relations. Designs and delivers seminars, lectures, and policy briefs and oversees research, management of study subjects, data analysis and results, and writes articles for publication. Manages support for students/study subjects and provides counsel and advice as needed. Manages staff and program resources and represents program or project to university community and outside constituents. The Program Manager will provide management and coordination for TCRC programs to build capacity and support community-based research with Tufts faculty and students and with community partners. The person in this position will be a member of the Tisch College staff, reporting to the Associate Dean for Programs and Administration and will provide support to and be accountable to the TCRC Steering Committee. The Program Manager should have experience in community-based research, building community partnerships, and managing programs. This position is newly created in order to grow and sustain community research between Tufts and community partners. The Program Manager will help TCRC raise its visibility and articulate the values and impacts of this work, extend the networks of interested Tufts and community partners through communications and outreach, enhance capacities at Tufts and with community partners to engage in community-based research, and deepen the community-driven focus of TCRC. The Program Manager will be responsible for supporting the Steering Committee, managing the seed grant program, coordinating communications and outreach, providing support and technical assistance to community partners, faculty, and students engaged in community research, and raising funds and developing resources for TCRC’s growth. Over the next three years, the Program Manager will be expected to raise at least enough funds to support their half-time position. The position will be based at Tisch College in Medford/Somerville, but will involve working across all of Tufts campuses and host communities.


QualificationsBasic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience directly related to the duties specified, including community research as a researcher, working with and engaging community partners in research, and managing projects or programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and community research.
  • Ability to commute to other Tufts’ campuses occasionally, as needed.
  • Strong interpersonal, management and leadership skills to interact with individuals at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and show respect for a wide range of constituencies and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent writing skills including the ability to draft and present program materials and grant proposals
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s or PhD in a related field of study.
  • Experience and successful track record in fundraising, preferably grant writing for research or within university setting.
  • Creative thinker. Ability to see connections across different perspectives and ideas and translate these connections into projects that help advance TCRC’s mission.
  • Outstanding attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to anticipate programmatic needs. Ability to lead and direct others by setting priorities for completing multiple tasks.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Experience working with underserved communities.
  • Familiarity with diverse approaches to community research.


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.


Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.



Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Academic Programs
Organization: Tisch College
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Part-time
Job Posting: Sep 18, 2019, 6:53:44 AM

 

 

 

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Posted: 9/19/2019
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