Research Manager

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/30/2018

Address

33 N. Lasalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago
IL
60602
United States

Description

Who We Are:

By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty and energy & environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs' evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent.

 

In sum, UChicago Urban Labs:

  • Uses research and evidence to understand how cities can work better
  • Tests the most promising, cost-effective policies and programs
  • Works with civic partners to implement and evaluate solutions in real time
  • Scales solutions to cities across the country and around the world

For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to http://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/.

 

The Role:

The Crime and Education Labs are seeking a Research Manager to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness of interventions to reduce violence and improve youth outcomes. This position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers, local policymakers, frontline practitioners, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and administrative staff.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of several concurrent research studies, including coordinating with program partners, managing subject selection and randomization, and traveling to program sites to monitor program fidelity
  • In coordination with the PI and research analysts, manage the data analysis and collection processes
  • Adhere to University of Chicago IRB procedures for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects, and ensure compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with research partners and all participating organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and community groups
  • Work with the PI and Director of Finance to develop budgets and coordinate all aspects of grant submission to public and private funding agencies; manage progress, performance, or financial reporting as required by the granting agency; monitor anticipated and actual costs charged to project budgets, regularly communicating these to the Director of Finance, to identify and prevent potential overruns
  • Develop and disseminate necessary project materials to research team and partner agencies
  • Generate tables and graphs for academic papers, reports, and presentations; write, proofread, and fact-check academic papers, reports, and presentations
  • Prepare project memos, summaries, presentations, and manuscripts targeting both policymakers, academic researchers, and other stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Competencies:

  • Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail required
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders required
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required
  • Knowledge and understanding of criminal justice policy, violence, or education research literatures strongly preferred

 

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree economics, public policy, sociology, or a closely related field required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.

 

Experience

  • A minimum two years related work experience required.
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis to support the research design preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a research organization or managing research projects preferred.
  • Previous fieldwork experience preferred.

 

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Note: When applying, all required documents MUST  be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

 

To Apply: please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to UChicago’s Workday system, search for requisition JR03286. Please find instructions on how to access the application below. \




The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply: please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to UChicago’s Workday system, search for requisition JR03286. Please find instructions on how to access the application below. \




The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.



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