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Research Project Manager

Company: Harvard University
Location: Somerville
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job-Specific ResponsibilitiesThe Shift Project, at the Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, focuses on collecting and analyzing new data to inform scholarly understanding of the contours, causes, and consequences of precarious low-wage employment and the effectiveness of policy and corporate response. This work involves original data collection, statistical analysis, and the writing and dissemination of academic papers, research briefs, invited testimony, and policy reports.The Research Project Manager is a 100% (full-time) position that will support the work of the Shift Project in several domains. The incumbent will work under the general supervision of and in collaboration with Professor Daniel Schneider and with graduate student researcher (GSR) appointees and undergraduate research assistant (RA) appointees. The incumbent will perform complex tasks related to research and analyses and project management.The incumbent will assume responsibility for various aspects of projects including (1) coordinating all data collection activities, including overseeing pre-doctoral fellow(s), programming surveys and maintaining detailed records of data collection instruments; (2) preparing research reports; (3) coordinating digital dissemination of findings from The Shift Project to policy makers and other stakeholders; (4) monitoring the retail and fast food industries and related policies; and (5) assisting with overall project management. The incumbent will have deep knowledge of data collection and analysis procedures and will provide advisement to staff in such areas. The incumbent will serve as an integral member of the research team working to study precarious employment and inform related policy making. The incumbent is an experienced professional who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field; independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.Duties and Responsibilities:Coordinate all data collection activities, including training and overseeing pre-doctoral fellow(s), programming surveys and maintaining detailed records of data collection instrumentsPrepare and disseminate policy and research briefsCoordinate digital dissemination of findings from The Shift Project to policy makers and other stakeholdersMonitor the retail and fast food industries including news, trade publications, financial data and company reports, and other data sourcesAssist the RDA and PIs with cleaning and analysis of data collected through The Shift ProjectAssist with grant applications and monitor grant-funded resourcesProvide general project management including improving work-flow processesDevelop recommendations for improving data collection and project management and implement recommendations in consultation with academic supervisorTranslate research findings and policy analysis into policy and practice strategies/recommendations. This will require producing written documents (e.g., reports, briefs, online posts) and presentation material that translates the knowledge into forms that are accessible to key stakeholders and the public.Basic QualificationsMaster's degree in economics, sociology, public policy, history, or other relevant field. A minimum of two years of relevant research experience required. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.3 years of experience in research administration and/or project management.Experience with survey programming with Qualtrics Additional Qualifications and SkillsExperience in economics, sociology, public policy, labor studies, or other relevant field preferredAbility to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines Strong interpersonal skills and communication skillsStrong writing skills both for general and academic audiencesExcellent organizational skills and attention to detail Ability to multi-task with demanding time frames requiredAbility to work both independently and as a team memberAbility to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data Excellent computer skills including with statistical software such as Stata or R as well as, expertise with Qualtrics, and knowledge of Word, Excel, and LaTeXExperience in research and/or policy related to relevant issues such as poverty, wage and/or labor policy, and/or issues facing low wage workersExperience with federal and foundation grant proposal writing and fund managementExperience training and mentoring early-career staff membersAdditional InformationThis is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending on December 31, 2021.We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.Job FunctionResearch LocationUSA - MA - Cambridge Job CodeRS0057 Researcher III Humanities Sub-Unit Time StatusFull-time Salary Grade057Union00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Pre-Employment ScreeningEducation, IdentityEEO StatementWe are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.School/Unit: Harvard Kennedy School Auto req ID: 52879BR

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