Research Coordinator, Psychology, Program for Leadership and Character

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-27
Req: R0002837
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Job Description Summary

We are seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented, and interpersonally skilled individual to play a vital role in supporting innovative research on how to help people become the best versions of themselves, both during their college experience as well as in the face of serious life challenges. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating a major research grant from the John Templeton Foundation focused on interventions to develop character. This flexible and committed team player will facilitate collaboration between international research teams conducting interdisciplinary studies on how moral heroes or exemplars from history or people’s own lives can shape character and coordinate two research studies at Wake Forest University: one study focused on using interventions to help build resilience in the face of trauma or adversity and another study focused on designing innovative programs to help university students become leaders of character. The Research Coordinator will play an essential role in supporting this transformative work to develop character in diverse populations by implementing research activities as described in funded grant applications; coordinating with research teams in the network grant; collaborating with Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students on program design and assessment; working with community partners in Winston-Salem; recruiting and scheduling study participants; tracking and compensating participants on online platforms; conducting on-line and in-person research sessions; coordinating student assistants; distributing incentives to study participants; tracking expenditures and managing the project budget; ensuring compliance with relevant regulations; and organizing international conferences and meetings for the network grant. This is a grant-funded contract position.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. The University is ranked among the top thirty national universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University, Department of Psychology, and Program for Leadership and Character have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty, staff, and students and to the development of a multicultural educational environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate” (for humanity). With the aim to “educate the whole person,” the University has also established an innovative Program for Leadership and Character to empower students to become leaders of character. This Program is based on cutting-edge research by Wake Forest faculty in Psychology and Philosophy who are leading experts on the study of character and have experience coordinating major research grants focused on character.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a contact information for three references.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Identifies and recruits target samples for research studies.
  • Coordinates studies (i.e. prepares study applications, determines eligibility of study participants, schedules research activities, and distributes payments).
  • Collects and manages participant data (i.e. prepares survey materials, distributes and collects surveys, manages databases, conducts research interviews and focus groups).
  • Compiles and enters data and assists in the completion of research reports.
  • Assists in providing training, direction, scheduling, and problem-solving support for student assistants.
  • Works cooperatively with other project members, including supervising student assistants.
  • Organizes international conferences and meetings of the research network, including coordinating travel and reimbursement and making logistical arrangements.
  • Evaluates audio recordings of intervention sessions and rates sessions for quality.
  • Maintains accurate, organized, and complete records of research.
  • Tracks research expenditures (i.e. receipts, reimbursements, and monthly account review); monitors and manages the budget.
  • Assists with preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • Works under general and specific supervision; reports to Project Co-Leaders and to Psychology/Program for Character and Leadership Research Investigators.
  • Monitors compliance with relevant John Templeton Foundation, US, WFU, and APA regulations.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in psychology or related discipline OR bachelor’s degree with extensive experience.
  • Experience with data collection in the context of behavioral research.
  • Careful attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and eagerness to learn.
  • Ability to coordinate and organize all components of a research study.
  • Ability to research and resolve problems associated with the completion of a study.
  • Knowledge of research design.
  • Experience with data collection and cleaning.
  • Interest in character development and related interventions.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to anticipate mistakes and plan to reduce them.
  • Experience conducting empirical research studies, designing and assessing interventions, or conducting program evaluation.
  • Proficiency in general computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Word, email).
  • Proficiency in data collection platforms (e.g., Qualtrics)
  • Proficiency in statistical software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, SPSS).

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in psychology or related discipline.
  • Experience working with diverse community populations.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with character or personality development.
  • Proficiency in quantitative or qualitative analysis and/or program evaluation.


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Supervises student workers.


This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

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Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 12/27/2020
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