Project Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Areas: Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Disparities, Intervention Science, and Trauma-Informed Care

General Summary

Drs. Shabnam Javdani and Erin Godfrey are seeking a post-baccalaureate level Project Coordinator to provide full-time assistance with research administration tasks, data management, and project coordination on a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded 5-year, cluster randomized control trial in the areas of juvenile justice, mental health disparities (e.g., suicide), systems-level intervention, collaborative approaches to change and trauma-informed care. Targeting the contexts in which incarcerated youth reside, this project involves an effort to create and evaluate the only systematic staff-level training interventions for front-line staff. Training will be co-developed in partnership with NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and will incorporate hands-on skills training to foster youth mental health, safety, rights and sociopolitical development.

This project is occurring during a pivotal moment in juvenile justice reform across the city and state. The Project Coordinator will provide critical operational support to ensure successful partnership building and collaboration, coordinate key intervention design and research responsibilities, and provide a broad range of project management to support the development, implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based staff training intervention to improve the well-being of staff and youth in the juvenile justice system.


  • Under the supervision of Drs. Javdani and Godfrey and Postdoctoral Associates, assist with a variety of duties relating to project management, such as facilitating all communication with ACS administrators, trainers, and frontline staff.
  • Prepare research protocols and materials, schedule project meetings, monitor the project budgets and timeline, manage project data and files, and communicate with external partners.
  • Support the research team in the development of staff-level training materials, implementation guide, and intervention manual based on evidence-based approaches for addressing youth mental health, suicide, safety, rights and sociopolitical development.
  • Create and update reports and manuals documenting staff training procedures, implementation guidelines, measurement codebooks, and data collection, entering and analysis protocols; train research assistants.
  • Support all data collection and evaluation procedures, systems, and protocols, including qualitative needs-assessments, archival data protocols and outcome assessments.
  • Coordinate, track, and oversee field-based data collection activities and effort across sites; travel to juvenile justice settings monthly to ensure protocol fidelity.
  • Run, present and document basic quantitative and qualitative data analyses under the supervision of the post-doctoral associate  
  • Draft yearly NIH progress reports; update and track project-related publications and presentations; ensure compliance with NIH’s public access policy by maintaining publications list in PubMed Central; track measures collected over time.
  • Maintain IRB approval status through protocol adjustments, amendment submissions, continuing reviews, and new submissions.
  • Coordinate, execute, and oversee partnership plans, data use agreements and data sharing between ACS, NYU and other relevant stakeholders.  
  • Assist with hiring and staffing needs; prepare staff appointment paperwork; oversee intern responsibilities.
  • Manage project budget and assist with budget projections for project-related expenses.
  • General miscellaneous project management, including coordinating project meetings; facilities, maintenance, IT, and telecommunications requests; website maintenance.     

The position will allow for dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of juvenile justice research, intervention science, and social policy work. The Project Coordinator position offers a number of excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the research team, exposure to university-community research partnerships, and experience with multi-setting intervention research. This position also allows for professional development opportunities, including opportunities for conference presentations and publications that support building a strong research portfolio. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package are offered and a rich array of NYU seminars, and special training workshops in research methods and statistics, and in areas of social justice, intervention/evaluation, implementation science, and gender-informed and settings-level approaches are available. One year commitment required with possible option to continue contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, intervention or prevention science or a related field and be comfortable working in a fast-paced team-oriented environment and communicating with a wide range of individuals at all levels of the research team, juvenile justice settings, and the University.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication and partnership building skills and ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience engaging in community-based research efforts (at least 1 year of such field-based experience strongly preferred), including data collection and procurement.
  • Experience with policy, system, and/or settings-level intervention and evaluation.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team, good organization skills, attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Relevant data design, collection, management and analytic skills are strongly preferred, including proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methodology.
  • Track record of excellent performance in fast-paced collaborative settings. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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