Assistant Project Director

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
Colorado School of Public Health | Department of Community and Behavioral Health – Adolescent and School Health Survey Projects | Assistant Project Director 
Position #779518 – Requisition #19560

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The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Who We Are:
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here. 

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is uniquely defined by our history, and its collaborative identity across three universities (the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Our mission is to protect and promote health across Colorado, nationally, and globally through education, research, and practice activities. 
The Department of Community and Behavioral Health – Adolescent and School Health Survey Projects has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Assistant Project Director position.

The Assistant Project Director will lead the management and operations for various projects related to survey research in adolescent and school health. This role will lead currently funded projects and contribute to grant proposals for additional project funding. Currently funded projects include: (1) Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), a statewide, school-based survey collecting information from students in 6th-12th grades about health related attitudes and behaviors including mental health, safety matters, violence, tobacco and other substance use, physical activity and nutrition, sexual behaviors, COVID-19 effects, etc.; (2) Smart Source, a statewide, school-based survey of school policies, administered to school leadership; and (3) a 5-year study of the effectiveness of the Life Skills Program on adolescent substance use including a baseline and 3 follow-up assessments. Research proposals under review include an evaluation of bullying prevention programs in Colorado and research on adolescent firearm access. The position will oversee all project staff and activities to ensure successful administration of project timelines and deliverables for all included survey research projects. This includes approving project deliverables, maintaining communication with project funders, managing staff, managing student and temporary employees, triaging community data requests, and supporting students in research and practica projects as need.  

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of an academic unit.

Assistant Directors have responsibility for projects, functions or processes within a department.  These positions may recommend strategy and provide professional support to Directors and may have the authority to act on the Director's behalf.  Assistant Directors typically supervise other staff but do not generally control the allocation of fiscal or human resources.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Oversee all project-related activities, such as sampling of schools and students, school and student recruitment processes and timelines, development, and dissemination of reports to schools and community partners, and documentation of project protocols. 
  • Manage project contracts (scope of work and deliverables) and budget including developing and submitting reports, documentation, deliverables, and invoices to funders
  • Develop budgets and/or scopes of work for grant and/or contract proposals.
  • Create and implement work plans to operationalize project goals and delegate activities to project staff.
  • Represent projects externally and provide routine updates to funders and oversight bodies, including steering and advisory committees
  • Design and maintain database systems and other infrastructure to support project activities.
  • Manage contracts and deliverables with subcontractors and/or vendors hired to support project activities.
  • Acquire necessary research approvals within the university (i.e. Institutional Review Board) by submitting applications and protocols and monitoring timelines.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners and other stakeholders to strengthen support of projects and identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Lead development of research manuscripts, data briefs, and other publications used to disseminate project results. 
  • Facilitate weekly team meetings and individual staff meetings, as needed, to ensure coordination across project activities
  • Supervise project staff members including school and survey liaisons, project coordinators, data analysts, and student employees
  • Conduct annual performance reviews to evaluate goals and responsibilities of supervised staff

Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this 100% full-time position has been established at $80,000 - $90,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

QualificationsMinimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, business, public administration, health care, educational technology, social science, liberal arts, communications, accounting, finance, library science, or a directly related field from an accredited institution. 
    • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
  • The position requires extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience, including direct responsibility for the execution of project contracts and completion of deliverables; supervision of project staff; delegation and coordination of project activities across project staff; and representation of projects with external groups such as funders and community stakeholders.
Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess and maintain current valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, satisfactory driving record, and personal automobile liability insurance. 
  • Must be willing and able to drive own vehicle for work as needed (state mileage reimbursement available).
Preferred Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in public health, social/behavioral sciences, or other directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • At least 5 years of professional-level experience in public health research and project management.
  • Experience in project management and supervision
  • Experience conducting survey research in school-based settings
  • Experience writing technical reports, data briefs, and other data dissemination products
  • Experience writing academic manuscripts for peer-review publication
  • Experience with public speaking and presentations
  • Experience with data analysis and program evaluation

  • Ability to supervise team members and support professional development
  • Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate work plans
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution
  • Outstanding skills in leadership and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Job Category: Academic Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Nov 12, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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