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Director of Research for The Mosakowski Institute

Clark University
Worcester, MA

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Job Details

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 2186 (MI-Mosakowski Institute)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Sep 29, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 153941

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The mission of Clark University's Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise (MIPE) is to innovate in the creation and delivery of behavioral health services responsive to the needs of adolescents, young adults and their families.

MIPE is re-imagining an integrated behavioral health system for all adolescents and young adults that will: provide adolescents and young adults with high quality, evidence based culturally relevant behavioral health services; equip youth, families and educators with accurate information on mental health diagnoses and the behavioral health services and resources available in their region; support behavioral health practitioners by developing and delivering digital Social-Emotional Learning and behavioral health interventions that foster resiliency in youth; build capacity of educators and practitioners by offering online certification programs so they can provide state-of-the-art Social-Emotional Learning interventions; collaborate with others to maximize the reach and impact of our behavioral health care model for adolescents and young adults; and conduct cutting edge research to advance new evidence and learning about meeting the behavioral health needs of adolescents and young adults, particularly young men of color.

MIPE seeks to fill the position of Director of Research for the Mosakowski Institute. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Translational Research will provide leadership and management in research areas related to the MIPE's mission. The Director of Translational Research will manage the research portfolio of MIPE and lead the institute's strategic planning initiatives related to research.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sets the research agenda for MIPE for matters pertaining to behavioral health.
  • Conceptualizes a program of research that bridges technology and behavioral health.
  • Assembles a team of researchers that establish the evidence base for MIPE behavioral health interventions and their impact on student outcomes.
  • Determines the efficacy and effectiveness of behavioral health interventions on student outcomes.
  • Develops, tests, and conducts research to establish the evidence base for behavioral health interventions that are developed and marketed by MIPE.
  • Recruits, trains and supervises two post-doctoral fellows.
  • Translates research and findings into academic programs.
  • Presents research findings and disseminates knowledge broadly in multiple forums such as with all levels of local, state, and federal policy-making officials; behavioral health organizations and professionals; online websites, peer reviewed journals, professional meetings, community forums, etc.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Graduate and Professional Programs at Clark University to develop online programs and course offerings.
  • Collaborates with research centers at Clark and other academic institutions external to Clark.
  • Other duties as assigned; depending on needs of the institute.


  • An understanding and commitment to the primary mission of MIPE.
  • 7-10 years of strong management/leadership and scholarly research.
  • Ph.D. in clinical psychology or behavioral sciences is preferred, but not required.
  • A track record of scholarly activity, including publications in peer reviewed journals, books or curricula that has been used in broad contexts (nationally) preferred.
  • Experience developing curriculum content for online programs in areas such as advanced statistical methods.
  • Exceptional data analytic and research methodology skills with extensive training and experience in Implementation Science.
  • Expert in designing, implementing and evaluating large scale community-engaged research programs, particularly in school settings.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across multi-disciplinary teams and departments.
  • Demonstrated track record in securing external funding and managing budgets is preferred.
  • Experience with writing and securing grants from state agencies and non-profit foundations.
  • Experience in developing data sharing agreements preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and evidence of providing effective leadership.

Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Statement of purpose and research philosophy
  • DEIB statement
  • Names and contact information for 3 references.

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.


Working at Clark University

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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