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Harvard University Research Project Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

52879BRAuto req ID:52879BRJob Code:RS0057 Researcher III Humanities Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research Project ManagerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in economics, sociology, public policy, history, or other relevant field.

  • A minimum of two years of relevant research experience required. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.

  • 3 years of experience in research administration and/or project management.

  • Experience with survey programming with Qualtrics

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience in economics, sociology, public policy, labor studies, or other relevant field preferred

  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines

  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills

  • Strong writing skills both for general and academic audiences

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to multi-task with demanding time frames required

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member

  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data

  • Excellent computer skills including with statistical software such as Stata or R as well as, expertise with Qualtrics, and knowledge of Word, Excel, and LaTeX

  • Experience in research and/or policy related to relevant issues such as poverty, wage and/or labor policy, and/or issues facing low wage workers

  • Experience with federal and foundation grant proposal writing and fund management

  • Experience training and mentoring early-career staff members

Additional Information:This is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending on December 31, 2021.

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Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Pre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities:

The Shift Project, at the Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, focuses on collecting and analyzing new data to inform scholarly understanding of the contours, causes, and consequences of precarious low-wage employment and the effectiveness of policy and corporate response. This work involves original data collection, statistical analysis, and the writing and dissemination of academic papers, research briefs, invited testimony, and policy reports.

The Research Project Manager is a 100% (full-time) position that will support the work of the Shift Project in several domains. The incumbent will work under the general supervision of and in collaboration with Professor Daniel Schneider and with graduate student researcher (GSR) appointees and undergraduate research assistant (RA) appointees. The incumbent will perform complex tasks related to research and analyses and project management.

The incumbent will assume responsibility for various aspects of projects including (1) coordinating all data collection activities, including overseeing pre-doctoral fellow(s), programming surveys and maintaining detailed records of data collection instruments; (2) preparing research reports; (3) coordinating digital dissemination of findings from The Shift Project to policy makers and other stakeholders; (4) monitoring the retail and fast food industries and related policies; and (5) assisting with overall project management. The incumbent will have deep knowledge of data collection and analysis procedures and will provide advisement to staff in such areas. The incumbent will serve as an integral member of the research team working to study precarious employment and inform related policy making. The incumbent is an experienced professional who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field; independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all data collection activities, including training and overseeing pre-doctoral fellow(s), programming surveys and maintaining detailed records of data collection instruments

  • Prepare and disseminate policy and research briefs

  • Coordinate digital dissemination of findings from The Shift Project to policy makers and other stakeholders

  • Monitor the retail and fast food industries including news, trade publications, financial data and company reports, and other data sources

  • Assist the RDA and PIs with cleaning and analysis of data collected through The Shift Project

  • Assist with grant applications and monitor grant-funded resources

  • Provide general project management including improving work-flow processes

  • Develop recommendations for improving data collection and project management and implement recommendations in consultation with academic supervisor

  • Translate research findings and policy analysis into policy and practice strategies/recommendations. This will require producing written documents (e.g., reports, briefs, online posts) and presentation material that translates the knowledge into forms that are accessible to key stakeholders and the public.

School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.