Research Project Manager

United States, North America
May 15, 2014
About The Unit: The Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP) was founded in 1998 with an endowment from the Irving B. Harris Foundation and is located within the Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. It is a trans-disciplinary research and training center whose purpose is to understand the human condition from before birth to old age and identify the public policies and technologies that support achievement and improve health and well-being across the lifespan. Directed by professor Ariel Kalil, a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents' socioeconomic status affect child development and parental behavior, the Center advances the distinction of Chicago Harris among public policy schools for its interdisciplinary perspective on child and family policy.

Unit Job Summary: Research Project Manager: Will oversee research projects that focus on parent engagement with pre-school aged children. Help develop a strategy for and oversee recruitment of participants, serve as main point of contact for community organizations, parents, and other stakeholders. Coordinate data collection, manage members of research assistant team, which will include assigning and organizing tasks, and team meetings. Project manager will oversee logistics for the research, manage project budgets, and procurement. Insure that team keeps to timeline/deadlines and assure compliance with all government, and University policies and requirements and help prepare reports.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Degree in a relevant field of study of psychology, economics, public policy, or related social science discipline with an interest in childhood development, education, and parenting preferred. Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of 2 years of experience as a research assistant and/or project manager/coordinator in a related field required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and exceptional attention to detail required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently, with supervision, or in collaboration with team members required. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, project, or goals in order to maximize productivity and effectiveness required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Experience working with community-based organizations and with racially/ethnically diverse populations preferred.