Research Project Specialist

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewATLAS is seeking a Research Project Specialist to contribute to proposal development and research dissemination efforts across multiple projects. With approximately 100 staff, the center serves PreK-12 students, including those with disabilities, and teachers through several projects. The Research Project Specialist will collaborate closely with senior staff to conduct background research, develop proposals for externally funded projects, summarize research findings, and support special projects. The successful candidate has a proven ability to independently manage multiple tasks and projects with competing priorities and deadlines and write for diverse audiences.

This is a full time, 40 hours per week position. Our staff is predominantly working remotely at this time but anticipate returning to our offices on campus at some point in the future. We will consider an exclusively remote staff person outside of the Lawrence, KS area for this position.
Job Description40% - Prepare research findings for dissemination to a range of audiences. Duties include writing and editing manuscripts, presentations, practitioner-oriented products and website and social media content.

30% - Assist with proposal development. Duties include writing and editing narratives, preparing and organizing supplemental materials, creating graphics, conducting research (including literature searches and reviews), establishing and monitoring timelines and deliverables, and coordinating staff efforts.

15% - Support special projects on behalf of senior staff. Duties include writing and editing, and conducting literature searches and data entry, maintaining repositories, and user-testing websites or website platforms.

10% - Assist senior researchers with study recruitment, materials, and logistics. Duties include preparing materials, participating in coding teams and thematic content analysis, and providing qualitative data extracts for analysis.

5% - Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements
  • Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to on-site or hybrid work when deemed safe and necessary.
  • We will also consider an exclusively remote staff person outside of the Lawrence, KS area for this position.
Required Qualifications
    Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma or GED equivalency and three years of relevant experience.Two or more years of experience with Microsoft Office Suite and web conferencing tools, as evidence in application materials and interview. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as evidenced in application materials and interview.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or Master’s degree.
  • One or more years of experience professionally editing and/or writing reports, including products for academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Experience applying APA style to written materials.
  • Previous experience developing grant proposals.
  • Previous experience designing and writing content for website.
  • Knowledge of procedures for searching, reviewing, and synthesizing scholarly literature.
  • Knowledge of ADA accessibility guidelines.
  • Experience with a range of software including SharePoint, Zotero, InDesign, Visio, and Dedoose.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with internal teams, cross-functional teams, and external partners.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt and respond to changes in work priorities and processes, as evidenced from prior work experience.
  • Excellent attention to detail in written work as evidenced by application materials.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes:
  • Online application
  • Vita
  • Cover letter highlighting qualifications and including specific examples of experience
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins October 28, 2021 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date. Contact Information to ApplicantsCynthia Perez [email protected] Advertised Salary RangeMinimum: $35,000; commensurate with experience Work ScheduleM-F; 8-5 Application Review Begins28-Oct-2021 Anticipated Start Date22-Nov-2021


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