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Research Operations Specialist

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University

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Job Title: Research Operations Specialist
Location: Gallaudet University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 340
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Reporting to the directors for the Action and Brain Lab (ABL) and the Motion Light Lab (ML2), both research labs of Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), the Research Operations Specialist coordinates the day-to-day tasks of ABL and ML2 and communicates about projects, programs, products, tools, and resources offered by both labs and VL2 to the public and targeted audiences; and provides logistical support for different ABL and ML2 projects, both short and long term, and involves communicating on social platforms and providing learning experiences.


  • Coordinates operations and communications for the Action and Brain Lab and the Motion Light Lab.
  • Coordinates lab projects, community engagement, grant writing and reporting, and support for collaborative efforts between CoLabs.
  • Develops high-quality scientific translational content and resources for ML2’s ASL Literacy Activities and similar initiatives.
  • Coordinates research operations for the SAIL 2 project among internal and external team members.
  • Tracks and reports on the progress, goals, and milestones of the SAIL 2 project team.
  • Leads ongoing CREST Network Event Planning.
  • Coordinates logistical support for ongoing activities of the CREST Network.
  • Assumes the responsibility for communication and engagement with CREST Network members.
  • Coordinates operations for the Co-Executive Producers of Baobab Universe.
  • Supports goals, branding, and engagement with the Baobab brand within Gallaudet University, the labs, and with the larger community.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive and supportive working relationship with co-workers and supervisor.
  • Shows a genuine commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and participates in activities and workshops to foster continuous learning.
  • Serves as a mandatory reporter under Title IX; and commits to completing Title IX training and other compliance requirements on an annual basis.
  • Performs related and other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications (When the candidate’s resume meets these qualifications, it will be screened in):

    • Bachelor’s degree.
    • A minimum of one year of work experience in project management in sign language and interactive experiences (college student work and/or internship experience will be considered).
    • Fluency in American Sign Language.

    Preferred Qualifications (While not required, it is an advantage for what the position needs):

    • Masters’ Degree in sign language education, accessible technology, deaf studies, or a related field.
    • Experience with website development (CMS, or HTML/CSS).

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Qualities that will help the incumbent be more successful in the position):

    • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Strong ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Strong ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary research team and carry out tasks autonomously.
    • Demonstrated experience with project management tools.
    • Demonstrated experience with project management tools and social media platforms.
    • Demonstrated experience in logistical support of running a collaborative network
    • Demonstrated ability to work with and across University departments, outside constituents and groups.
    • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

    Other Important Information:

    • This is an on-site position, with some remote work available upon ad hoc approval.
    • This appointment is for up to two years, based in part on the availability of funding, organizational needs, and satisfactory performance.
    • The starting date for this position is October 2021 or until the position is filled (applications received before September 30th will receive full consideration).
    • All employees are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to submit their vaccination record prior to entering campus or by 45 days of employment, whichever is earlier.

    Level: 6
    Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
    FLSA: Non-exempt

    The successful candidate will undergo a background check that must be cleared prior to working at Gallaudet University.

    Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity employer/educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, hearing status, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other unlawful basis. This policy is in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, and other applicable laws and applies to all procedures affecting applicants and employees including, but not necessarily limited to: recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, reassignment, reappointment, tenure, demotion, selection for training, layoff, furlough, and termination, compensation, and all other conditions or privileges of employment.



    Gallaudet University, the world’s premier university for living and learning in ASL and English, founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.



    Although Gallaudet is a private institution, by an Act of Congress the University is able to participate in certain Federal benefits programs, specifically the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program (FEGLI), Federal Long Term Care Program (FLTCIP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS), and Federal Employers Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).


    Other benefits, privileges, and conditions of employment described in this website pertain solely to Gallaudet University and have been approved by the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees and/or President. Outstanding customer service is a high priority for our department and for the Division of Chief Operating Officer. Your opinion of our service is important to us, and we encourage you to offer feedback on our  Customer Satisfaction Survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.


    Mission Statement:

    As a strategic collaborator at Gallaudet University, it is the mission of Human Resources to maximize the potential of our greatest asset - our employees.  We embrace change and the opportunities it brings. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining a high-performing diverse and bilingual workforce.


    Vision Statement:

    To be recognized as a valued and trusted strategic partner that supports the mission of Gallaudet University and become an Employer of Choice for top talent.



    • We value, encourage and support a diverse, inclusive and bilingual workforce;
    • We cultivate a culture where people are motivated, valued and engaged;
    • We create and enhance strategic partnerships through collaboration;
    • We continually improve individual and organizational effectiveness; and
    • We enhance services through technology.


    Core Values:

    Belonging: We cultivate a sense of belonging by valuing, encouraging, engaging and supporting a diverse and bilingual workforce.

    Inclusiveness: We solicit the input of others and strive for transparency and inclusiveness and encourage the diversity of thoughts, experiences, and backgrounds.

    Service: We have a passion for customer service and are committed to knowing our employees, anticipating their needs, and exceeding expectations.

    Openness: We are open to possibilities and foster creativity and innovation to support continuous improvement.

    Nobility: We honor our commitments and conduct our work in a manner that promotes fairness, confidentiality, respect, honesty, and trust. We lead by example and advocate equitable treatment in our behaviors, policies, and practices.


    Generous Benefit

    Gallaudet employees have access to a wide variety of benefits, including:

    * Competitive federal insurance plans
    * Generous paid time off
    * Federal retirement plan matching contributions up to 5% of your pay
    * Workplace flexibility
    * Career growth opportunities
    * Educational benefits & assistance 
    * Bison perks and discounts


    Learning Opportunities

    Gallaudet University is a community where the personal and professional development of our employees always continues. Employees can choose to:

    • Pursue an advanced degree with support from the university’s educational benefits program
    • Participate in on-site professional development as well as LinkedIn courses at no cost
    • Make the most of opportunities such as professional conferences, workshops, and seminars.


    Diversity Profile (coming soon)


    • Students: 1523
    • Alumni: 23,000
    • Employees: 900

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    Gallaudet at a glance

    • Bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution
    • Includes the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, a beacon of Deaf education
    • Has a range of programs, resources, and services that includes the following
      • National Deaf Education Center
      • Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES)
      • Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD)

      Based in the heart of Washington, D.C.

    To apply, visit at

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    (202) 250-2284
    Austin Main Office College Hall, Room 106
    800 Florida Ave, NE
    Northeast Washington
    District of Columbia
    United States
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