Undergraduate Research Project Manager

Boise, ID
Nov 17, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 494270
Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Administration and Business Operations, Research

Advertised: November 16, 2020
Applications close: November 30, 2020

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at https://www.boisestate.edu/about/boise-and-beyond/. Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Provides coordination and implementation of projects and initiatives focused on transforming teaching and learning at Boise State University. This includes administering projects and initiatives funded internally by the university and seeking funding for and supporting externally funded projects.

Level Scope:

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

60% of the Time:
● Create, implement, and assess initiatives intended to catalyze the transformation of instruction at Boise State with the goal of improving student learning and success.
● Organize and manage the workflow of all project-related activities.
● Collaborate with other campus units to prepare proposals for external funding to support teaching, learning, and instructional transformation at Boise State.
● Track and document project activities, plans, and initiatives.
● Author or coauthor academic manuscripts and conference presentations based on the work of the projects.
● Serve as liaison between project leadership teams, department chairs, and faculty/faculty teams.
● Provide oversight of planning and implementation support for events, workshops, seminars, and meetings associated with transformation
● Consult with project leadership teams on final decisions about the allocation of funds; communicate decisions to faculty and project partners.

35% of the Time:

• Lead the communication, marketing, and outreach of undergraduate research opportunities:
o Be an active member of the planning committees for all undergraduate research related events that IFITS facilitates (including the Undergraduate Research Showcase, the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research, the LSAMP Research Symposium, and the Summer Research Community).
o Assist with the design and lead the management and upkeep of the Office of Undergraduate Research website
o Manage the Office of Undergraduate Research social media accounts
o Lead the effort to collect student and mentor stories for use in dissemination and marketing
o Develop, design, and assist with a mechanism to collect, promote, and broadcast undergraduate research opportunities

• Be an active member of the IFITS effort to measure the impact of undergraduate research:

o Help to curate stories of impact
o Collaborate on survey, interview, and focus group design, implementation, and analysis
o Present results of impact analyses to internal and external audiences and stakeholders
o Participate in the OUR effort to track the level of participation of undergraduates participating in undergraduate research on campus

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Ability to work independently or in group settings
● Knowledge of the processes and procedures of higher education

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree and 5 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree with qualitative research expertise
• 5 years of experience in a higher education setting (may be concurrent with being a student)
• Experience as an undergraduate in at least one of: undergraduate research, an internship, or other experiential educational opportunity
• Experience mentoring undergraduate students, with an awareness of inclusive mentoring strategies
• Ability to be flexible, manage time and priorities in order to work on multiple projects effectively at one time with attention to detail and accuracy
• Workshop and other event design, planning, and facilitation experience and skills
• Demonstrated commitment to removing barriers facing students underrepresented in undergraduate research
• Experience building surveys
• Experience promoting programs using different methods through multiple platforms and technologies
• Proficient in current workplace technological tools

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at https://hrs.boisestate.edu/benefits/.

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter, resume and names and contact information for 3 references