Lab Manager

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University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Published 28 days ago


Harris BIP Lab

About the Department

The purpose of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at Harris Public Policy is to understand the forces driving inequality of opportunity for children in society and to develop interventions to close the gaps in cognitive and noncognitive skills between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children. CHPPP has a special interest in interventions that draw on the principles of behavioral science and that leverage technology so that promising interventions can be brought to scale quickly and cost effectively. Directed by Professor Ariel Kalil, a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents’ socioeconomic status affect parenting, the home environment, and child development, the center advances the distinction of Harris among public policy schools for its interdisciplinary perspective on children and families.

Job Summary 

The Lab Manager will provide operational oversight for the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP) and its research, housed at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab). Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the position has overall responsibility for the operational management of CHPPP and the BIP Lab with a particular focus on post-award administration, human resources, facilities management, events, financial operations, internal policies/protocols, supporting communications, and internal university relationship management.


  • Grant administration - manages financial reporting to sponsors, prepares proposal budgets, drafts programmatic reports/memos, timelines, and implementation plans in coordination with Executive Director.
  • Daily operations - sets lab policy/protocol and amends as needed, develops agendas and keeps minutes for strategy sessions and weekly team meetings, and coordinates meeting and event logistics.
  • Policy/protocol - works with team to audit and update operational infrastructure as needed – i.e. onboarding and training, data collection and management, research site recruitment, tech management, and reconciling research participant compensation.
  • Financial operations - creates and manages annual budget, prepares projections/analyses, reconciles accounts, manages invoices, oversees purchasing and expense allocation, and manages financial processing.
  • People operations - develops plans to staff/resource projects in coordination with Executive Director; facilitates hiring and performance management administrative processes; manages the human resources needs of Lab PIs, staff, pre/current/post-doctoral students, and research assistants.
  • Communications support - prepares presentations, promotional materials, and updates digital media content including the BIP Lab website, newsletters, and social media accounts as assigned.
  • Relationship management - liaises with community-based organizations, vendors, and University and Harris administrative departments; participates in Harris task force and committee work as assigned; and meets students interested in CHPPP/BIP Lab’s research.
  • Develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Manages program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations.
  • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, psychology, public policy, sociology, education, or related discipline.
  • Master’s degree.



  • Working knowledge with large scale field research projects in the social sciences.
  • Familiarity with university research operations and administration.
  • Background working with community-based organizations and with racially/ethnically diverse populations.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent team player, collaborative, reliable, ability to receive and give constructive feedback, flexible, supportive.
  • Take initiative, problem solve with minimal supervision, exercise good judgment, prioritize, and work under pressure during high volume times.
  • Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and creative in problem-solving.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organized, exhibits high attention to detail, takes initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Application Documents

  • Resum/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Posting Statement

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. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

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Harris BIP Lab

About the Department

The purpose of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at Harris Public Policy is to understand the forces driving inequality of opportunity for children in society and to develop…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
6054 S Drexel Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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