University of Washington
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RESEARCH MANAGER Req #:203117Department:PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCESJob Location: Seattle - Sand Point Posting Date:02/15/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is commensurate with experience and education Shift:First Shift Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center is committed to constantly improving the extent to which it is an inclusive, safe, and engaging place for all its members. In service of this goal, we actively take responsibility for building structures and supports to dismantle systems of oppression and hold ourselves accountable to follow through with our commitments. To date, we have pursued this through avenues such as (but not limited to) continually reviewing and revising our policies and procedures to center equity and improve transparency; establishing a professional development and mentoring program for BIPOC staff; ongoing equity-oriented training for supervisors, leaders, all center members; developing a Racial Equity and Social Justice Impact Assessment for SMART project; forming multiple workgroups devoted to addressing issues related to diversity and equity; and conducting a series of intergroup dialogues. Through this, we strive to provide an environment focused on the strengths of all SMART Center members and the identities they bring to our shared initiatives. We hope to continually grow our community with individuals who are similarly committed to this work.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (PBSCI) within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 300 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department’s highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a Research Manager.

This position is housed in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and involves being an integral support to research conducted by faculty in the SMART Center, a research and technical assistance organization co-located in the Department of Psychiatry and the College of Education. The SMART Center Senior Research Manager position will be the staff supervisor and lead research coordinator of the Designing Real-world, Effective Approaches for Multilevel Implementation (DREAMI) program within SMART, led by Dr. Lyon. DREAMI is a robust federally funded (primarily by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Institute of Education Sciences) research program devoted to the development of usable and effective approaches to improving the accessibility, effectiveness, and equity of social, emotional, and behavioral services delivered in K-12 (primarily public) education settings. The position also serves as a core member of the SMART Center’s leadership team, working collaboratively with other research and technical assistance teams to advance the center’s mission and values.

This position has a high degree of responsibility for achieving the research goals of multiple projects simultaneously. The position must understand and be able to intervene in the complexities of mental health and implementation research such as participant recruitment, human subject protection, field staff hiring and training, research data quality assurance, supporting grant writing, translation of research aims into field methods, and staff reorganization for different phases of research projects. The position must also understand the complexities associated with conducting mental health services research in public school settings with participants from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. In addition, the position must address complexities of participant families, such as family conflict, child abuse, adolescent suicide risk, depression, disruptive behavior, and learning disorders. Additional complexities come from: Working with multiple Principal Investigators / faculty; Managing IRB requirements; Managing database needs and construction and the staff who utilize them; Summary and presentation of data to analysts; General trouble shooting (e.g., study problem identification and problem-solving solutions); Liaising with community and national partners.

This position is critical to advancing the research and community impact missions of the university, the department of psychiatry, and the SMART Center by managing multiple large-scale federal research projects focused on improving mental health services in public school settings.


This position is critical to a large research center in the School of Medicine (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is the second largest department in the School of Medicine). The position represents the University in the community, particularly in schools and school communities.
(1)Provide overarching leadership and coordination surrounding all aspects of the DREAMI research program: (a) Contribute to ongoing strategic planning for the DREAMI research program; (b) Identify ways to build/enhance DREAMI program cohesion, climate, and effective within-team collaboration; (c) Liaise and collaborate with other SMART Center teams (10%)

(2) Own new project startup activities within the DREAMI program, such as: (a) Initial IRB application preparation and submission; (b) Determine staffing needs; (c) When necessary, initiate and manage hiring processes for new staff, in collaboration with the DREAMI faculty lead and SMART’s Program Operations Specialist; (d) Construct detailed, internally facing project timelines (15%)

(3) Directly coordinate or support specific research projects. This may occur over the entire duration of some projects or, for others, during especially busy times. (25%)

(4) Lead hiring, training, and supervision of Research Assistant and Project/Study Coordinator staff within the DREAMI program, supporting their ongoing professional development. Lead and conduct performance evaluations, in close collaboration with the DREAMI faculty lead. (25%)

(5) Track and project DREAMI budget statuses, with support from PBSCI post-award support staff: (a) Track DREAMI-specific budget expenses, reimbursements, and coordinate as needed with the SMART Program Operations Specialist and PBSCI post-award supports; (b) Anticipate budget spenddown needs and design spenddown plans (5%)

(6) Track work needs within the DREAMI program and coordinate as needed with the SMART Program Operations Specialist surrounding FTE deployment. (5%)

(7) Manage procedural/compliance with research sponsor requirements including: (a) Preparation and submission of project status/final reports (e.g., via eRA Commons); (b) Data archive submissions; (c) Clinical trial registration/updates. (5%)

(8) Manage or delegate ongoing IRB communications with the University of Washington IRB for specific projects (e.g., IRB modifications, status reports, eventual closure). (5%)

(9) Continue own professional development surrounding program coordination, management, supervision, and related activities. (5%)

Though not required, SMART staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (e.g., workgroups focused on continual policy review, training/professional development needs, etc.)


Supervises Research Coordinators, research study coordinators and research assistants within the DREAMI research program.


•Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, public health, education, or a related field; or equivalent experience
•Three years work related experience including research coordination experience
•Experience with leading or managing multiple large federal research studies simultaneously, completing institutional review board (IRB) applications, and supervising research staff
•Experience working in schools/school mental health or children’s community mental health research
•Strong organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to think critically to anticipate project needs
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


•Experience working in K-12 educational settings
•Experience delivering interventions to promote youth/student mental/behavioral health and wellbeing (e.g., psychotherapies, social emotional learning curricula)
•Experience conducting implementation research or technical assistance projects in public service settings
•Experience applying human-centered design (a.k.a., user-centered design; design thinking) methods (e.g., user/usability testing)
•Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other backgrounds

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

The SMART Center is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of staff. We particularly encourage applications from individuals who are members of under-represented or minoritized groups with regard to race/ethnicity, gender, disability status, socioeconomic status, and other facets of human diversity. The University of Washington’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) supports both legal compliance and a spirit of equal opportunity as it relates to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. More details are available in the UW’s Affirmative Action plan.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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