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Research Project Coordinator

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Job Details
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University of Kansas
Physical Address
1450 Jayhawk Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Job Description


Bureau of Child Research


University of Kansas – Lawrence



Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Position Overview

The University of Kansas, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is recognized as a leading research center in the field of disability. KUCDD implements and conducts grant-funded projects focusing on (a) applied research on effective assessment and intervention practices with a particular focus on self-determination and transition to employment and (b) interdisciplinary training in the disability field. KUCDD is part of the Life Span Institute (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Parsons in southeast Kansas. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are:

  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Community Services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services)
  • Research
  • Information Dissemination

KUCDD research staff are expected to actively engage in research projects and disseminate research results through print, online resources, and direct, in-person presentation of information.

This position will work across projects to coordinate research activities, monitor and communicate study progress, and assist with grant management and reporting tasks. The person in this role may directly supervise the work of professional staff and students supporting research project goals. The ideal candidate will be highly reliable in a fast-paced office, pay close attention to detail, be adept at problem-solving, and have project coordination experience.
Job Description

40% – Coordinate development of study protocols to meet project goals and deadlines. Organize study activities such as: recruiting/managing participants, tracking study activities and timelines, assisting with training data collectors, and monitoring data collection activities. Prepare regular communication notices regarding project updates and monitor grant resource allocation. Assist in the development of project reports through writing, proofreading and document lay-out. Communicate with funders and coordinate with national experts to organize presentations and knowledge-sharing.

20% – Supervise student workers in data management tasks, editing video/audio clips for study participants and the public, and performing clerical tasks as assigned.

15% – Perform entry of project data into federal data collection systems, including developing and maintaining databases to facilitate effective program evaluation processes and support annual tracking and reporting requirements funding sources. Maintain knowledge of IRB requirements and collaborate with KU IRB office to adhere to project protocols.

10% – Update websites and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Academia, ResearchGate, etc.) by writing text, identifying and resizing images, editing video, attaching documents, etc.

10% – Provide additional support such as scheduling meetings using Outlook or Doodle polls, typing meeting notes, making copies, scanning documents, etc.

5% – Support additional project activities as needed.
Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of two (2) years of related professional experience, OR Master’s degree with minimum of one (1) year of related professional experience.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience using multiple types of computer software and websites (e.g., Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat, Facebook, Instagram, Mail Chimp, Survey Monkey) as demonstrated by application materials, portfolio and work experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview.
  • Strong attention to detail as evidenced by application materials.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills as evidenced by application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, social sciences, or related area.
  • Experience with data management, analysis or storage systems (e.g., SPSS, MS Access, RedCap).
  • Excellent student and staff management skills.
  • Marketing or communications experience.
  • Experience working with people with disabilities or their families.
  • Strong interest in research on self-determination or related areas.
  • Experience working with more than one research project at a time.

Additional Candidate Instructions

In addition to the online application, all of the following documents must be received to be considered for this position:

  • A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  • Resume.
  • Contact information for three professional references, including email, phone and relationship to the applicant.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadline is July 7, 2019. For first consideration, please apply before that date.
Contact Information to Applicants

Lisa Hildebrandt
KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

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