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Research Project Coordinator

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position OverviewThe Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) seeks a full-time Research Project Coordinator to provide basic data management and research support to the IRIS program, as well as providing training and technical assistance to IRIS users and local network leaders. At the direction of IRIS team leads, work will include interfacing with community partners and conducting various data management and analysis functions to support larger research and data evaluation efforts. The successful applicant will have strong organizational and time management skills, knowledge of the IRIS platform and implementation framework and the ability to communicate effectively with various audiences including local external partners, colleagues, and CPPR leadership.

CPPR specializes in applied research, data science projects, and social innovation work that supports our mission to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR primarily pursues its mission by assisting partners, including state-level and community based organizations, in their work to secure funding, bring key stakeholders to the table, orchestrate large-scale data efforts, and conduct research, cost analysis, and evaluation. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about impacting social change for good. The person in this position will promote healthy, happy, thriving communities by engaging with IRIS users, troubleshooting, problem-solving, and providing data support that tells the impact story of IRIS. The successful applicant should have prior experience working with community stakeholders, collecting, managing, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data, and translating findings with partners outside of the academic community. The applicant should be able to independently troubleshoot problems, and quickly develop and implement solutions. Experience working with the IRIS platform is helpful.

This position is contingent upon funding. Due to COVID restrictions, this position may begin teleworking and may transition to a hybrid of on-site work and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will also be considered.
Job Description45% - Data Management and Coordination
  • Gather and analyze reporting and outcomes data from IRIS and from community partners.
  • Using qualitative and quantitative data, identify best practices and recommend enhancements to the system and implementation framework.
  • Develop monthly and quarterly reports for community partners by exporting and summarizing existing data.
  • Assist with developing, administering, and summarizing survey data.
  • Respond to internal and external requests to summarize project data.
  • Contribute to the development of reports and publications through research, writing, and editing.
  • Develop work plans and coordinate staff involved in analysis and evaluation.
  • Track timelines to ensure completion of work; provide progress updates.
  • Develop conference proposals.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Translate data into meaningful and actionable information relevant to various audiences, including: preparing charts, tables, graphs, or written summaries of data output.
30% - Program Support and Technical Assistance
  • Engage with local IRIS users via the IRIS helpdesk, providing timely and effective user technical assistance.
  • Troubleshoot IRIS user problems with little direction and escalate as appropriate.
  • Assist with preparing and distributing training and technical assistance materials.
  • Contribute to refining the IRIS implementation framework based on lessons learned and implementation science best practices.
  • Synthesize and convey complex ideas into clear, compelling, and varied communications.
15% - Communications and Contact Management
  • Develop, maintain, and provide reports on contacts using the CRM platform Salesforce.
  • Track partner engagement by maintaining logs of all outreach, response, and engagement in any project activities.
  • Recommend adjustments in strategy based on data and project needs.
  • Represent CPPR projects and teams at relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars, as needed.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as directed by supervisor.
10% - Other Duties
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.
Position RequirementsDue to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to a hybrid of on-site work and telework when deemed safe and necessary. Fully remote-based candidates will be considered. Required Qualifications1. Bachelor's degree in a related field and 1 year of experience in field of study, or high school diploma and 4 years of related experience.
2. Excellent communication and writing skills and English proficiency as evidenced in application materials.
3. Excellent organizational skills and experience working independently as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
4. Previous experience with Salesforce or similar contact/relationship management platform as demonstrated in application materials. Preferred Qualifications1. Master's degree in Education, Humanities, Psychology, Social Welfare, Sociology or related field.
2. Prior experience with the IRIS platform and IRIS data.
3. Prior experience drafting reports to inform state agency leadership decision-making.
4. Previous experience with the IRIS platform and implementation framework.
5. Previous experience with Infogram or similar data visualization software.
6. Previous experience with Freshdesk or similar helpdesk ticketing software. Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review date will be September 27, 2021.
Contact Information to ApplicantsVirginia Musser
[email protected] Advertised Salary Range44,105 Work ScheduleDuring the hours of 8am-5pm M-F Application Review Begins27-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date17-Oct-2021


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