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Assistant Director - Center for Behavioral Health Research

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Director - Center for Behavioral Health Research

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 10

The Project Director (PD) for the "Mapping the Landscape for Mental Health Services in K-12 schools" will assist the Principal Investigator and research teams in ensuring the achievement of all program goals.  Primary responsibilities include managing the day to day operations, ensuring compliance with The University of Tennessee (UT) policies and procedures regarding the budget and personnel. The Project Director is supervised by the PI and will work with the PI to assign and supervise the work of the teams of Graduate/Undergraduate Research Assistants. PD will also work with the Administrative Assistant to ensure all personnel hiring needs have been met and with the training manager to ensure all personnel have been trained appropriately. 


  1. Project Director will assist with planning and efforts for outreach to and engagement of key stakeholders, reporting, coordination, implementation, execution, evaluation, and completion of all deliverables to TDOE.
  2. Manage day to day operations of the project.
  3. Because this project is being conducted by both the College of Social Work and the College of Education Health and Human Sciences the PD will be required to collaborate across colleges and with various state agencies and with school districts across Tennessee.  This responsibility helps the Director to build and maintain effective working relationships, ensuring mission success.
  4. They will need to ensure program sustainability; the Project Director is responsible for facilitating capacity building and providing strategic program direction. Leadership and management skills are required to enable the success of the project.
  5. The Project Director helps the PI and Co-PI to effectively manage the multiple aspects of this complex project that involves outreach and data collection from key stakeholders in all school districts across the state. 


EDUCATION:  Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counselor Education, or related field

EXPERIENCE: 3+ years of experience working on interdisciplinary research projects, producing professional presentations and/or publications (e.g., professional journals), conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses for research projects, supervising individuals and/or groups.  Preferred experience working on interdisciplinary research projects, producing professional presentations and/or publications (e.g., professional journals), conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses for research projects, supervising individuals and/or groups. 

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the following:

  • Knowledge of School Mental Health services provided in K-12 schools in TN
  • Knowledge of community social services contracted to assist schools meet mental health needs of students and staff.
  • Knowledge of the Tennessee Department of Education comprehensive mental health plan.
  • Knowledge of basic Statistical (quantitative analysis) processing in SPSS
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis in commonly used qualitative data analysis package (e.g., NVIVO)
  • Demonstrated skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Demonstrated skills in leading or working with interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams
WORK SCHEDULE: This position may occasional work evenings, weekends, and overnight travel

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Center For Behavioral Health Research
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 15, 2021, 7:52:42 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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