Project Director II

Job description




The Project Director II will be working on an NIH-funded NCI Serological Sciences Network for COVID-19 (SeroNet) project that aims to enhance racially and ethnically diverse participation in SARS-CoV-2 immunity research through Storytelling (The COVIDStory Project). This is a great opportunity to be involved in combining community engagement skills with infectious disease epidemiology research. The SeroNet also includes interacting with other academic and national partners who are also members of the SeroNet.$2-million-nci-seronet-grant/


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Project Director II manages the day-to-day operations of short term and multi-year research projects. The Project Director II is responsible for the implementation of research projects from inception to completion and manages and coordinates these activities.



  • Convene and provide overall direction to project teams, which may consist of data staff, research associates, research coordinators and faculty, for the development of project statements, work plans, study designs, grant applications, literature reviews, analysis plans, and project deliverables.
  • Identify necessary resources to perform project work, monitor work progress including, data analysis, grant submissions, and report development, and oversee its timely completion
  • Oversee development of data collection instruments, survey tools and interview guides, perform and oversee data analysis as necessary
  • Abstract results from data analysis sets, summarize findings and incorporate pertinent information into project presentations. Deliver presentation of project results to Principal Investigator and others as required or directed
  • Assume responsibility for communication with relevant staff in creating and implementing appropriate project designs and work plans, convene team meetings as appropriate
  • Manage day-to-day logistics and operational needs of the projects
  • Identify and address problems which may adversely affect performance of project work
  • With the Administrator and/or Accountant, prepare draft budgets
  • Advise and provide supervision of project staff and consultants and faculty associated with specific projects or assignments.  Participation in the hiring and evaluation of project staff
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Masters’ degree in the Life Sciences, Public Health/Education, or related health care field; or equivalent.
  • 5 years’ experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating research programs, project management, grant submission, supervision of staff, and fiscal responsibility
  • Experience working in and/or with academic institutions and federal grant programs strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the policies and procedures of funding agencies
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse faculty
  • Proven administrative and management ability in complex environments
  • Excellent writing, editing, communications, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations


  • Spanish fluency preferred since one of the primary objectives is to recruit Spanish speaking people into COVID immunology research studies.
  • Experience with community outreach in the greater Worcester, central Massachusetts area
  • Informed about COVID-related public health topics relevant to Black and Hispanic communities
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiologist




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time