Project Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Areas: Juvenile Justice, Gender and Equity, Mental Health Disparities, Systems Change

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, grants management, data management, project coordination and funding proposal development on multiple projects in the areas of juvenile justice, inequality, mental health disparities, system-level intervention, collaborative approaches to change and gender and trauma-informed care. The successful candidate will have exceptional collaborative skills, a commitment to social justice and reducing gendered and racial inequalities within and beyond the legal system, and an interest in supporting, evaluating, and growing juvenile justice systems change efforts at a national scale.

Research projects support the Reducing Inequality in Systems of Care initiative, which focuses on examining and targeting the contexts and settings with which legal system-involved youth come into contact. Projects also involve a focus on the intersection of gender and race and employment of equity-focused intervention science to create and evaluate comprehensive systems-change efforts in collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice and partners across the United States. The successful candidate will support and grow partnerships that bring leaders across the country to end the incarceration of girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming (LGB/TGNC) youth on the female side of the legal system. The Project Coordinator will provide critical operational support to ensure successful partnership building and collaboration, coordinate key research responsibilities, support with fundraising efforts, and provide a broad range of project management to support the development and implementation of an evidence-based comprehensive systems-change initiative to End Girls’ Incarceration in multiple States across the country.


  • Under the supervision of Drs. Javdani and Godfrey and Postdoctoral Associates, support partnership building for the national effort to End Girls’ Incarceration, manage communication with all sites and stakeholders, coordinate meetings and visits, take and circulate notes and minutes.
  • In partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, support the Ending Girls’ Incarceration initiative across selected juvenile justice organizations in Hawaii, California, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Maine: Active involvement in all stages of research processes with a focus on evidence-based program and policy implementation and process and outcome evaluation of comprehensive multi-state reform efforts.
  • Coordinate, track, and oversee data procurement and analysis activities, run and present descriptives and other data analyses.
  • Coordinate, execute, and oversee data use agreements and data sharing between institutions and juvenile justice organizations.
  • Create and update reports and manuals documenting programmatic data analysis activities and systems-change initiatives.
  • Support the development of evaluation procedures and outcome measures, including developing measurement codebooks and manuals, qualitative interview protocols, etc.
  • Support the analysis of quantitative and qualitative outcome data under the advisement of Postdoctoral Associates.
  • Draft progress reports; update and track project-related publications and presentations.
  • Maintain IRB approval status through protocol adjustments, amendment submissions, continuing reviews, and new submissions.
  • General project coordination and lab management:
  • Coordinate lab meetings; facilities, maintenance, IT, and telecommunications requests; website maintenance.
  • Assist with hiring and staffing needs; prepare staff appointment paperwork; oversee intern responsibilities.
  • Manage cross-project budget allocations.
  • Assist with budget projections for project-related expenses.
  • Project development, fundraising, and grant proposal development to cultivate community-research partnerships with a focus on reducing inequalities in systems of care.

The position will allow for dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of juvenile justice research, intervention and policy work with a focus on the intersection of gender and race. 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 implementation and evaluation of system-level change efforts at a national level. This position also allows for the development of independent projects to support the candidate’s training and professional goals. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package are offered and a rich array of NYU graduate/faculty seminars, and special training workshops in research methods and statistics, and in areas of social justice, evaluation, 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, criminology, sociology, gender studies 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, research partners, and the University.
  • Strong understanding of gender- and race-equity frameworks.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication and partnership building skills and ability to work with diverse stakeholders and supervise interns is required.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team, good organization skills, a high level of attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Prior experience with gender-responsive and/or strengths-based intervention frameworks is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to travel to partner organizations across Hawaii, California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota for assessment, data procurement, and other general project coordination.
  • Prior applied research experience on relevant projects and basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative data systems preferred.
  • Experience with research administration including IRB and grants management preferred. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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