Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Social Policy Institute. The position is located in Hillman Hall at the Danforth Campus.
The Social Policy Institute is a university-wide initiative at Washington University in St. Louis dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through transdisciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy, and training. The Institute seeks a Project Coordinator to assist in managing project activities, ensuring that projects are executed successfully, helping to shape communications about project work, and supporting research activities, as needed. This position will largely work on research projects related to the Workforce Financial Stability Initiative, but may also have opportunities to work on other SPI initiatives depending on interest and need.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Support the smooth functioning of the research projects by maintaining and monitoring project plans (developed in conjunction with senior team members).
Detail project timelines to meet milestones, ensuring project deadlines are met.
Check alignment of project work with stated goals and stakeholder views.
Manage administrative tasks related to engaging partners and navigating research processes like Institutional Review Board applications.
Track project budgets.
Determine risks and issues in the project that may require changes, as needed.
Project Reporting & Communications:
Maintain documentation of project activities and insights to help develop communications and reports on projects.
Track and prepare documents related to contract and grant reporting requirements according outlined timing.
Prepare and help provide project updates internally and externally.�
Schedule and organize project team meetings.
Assist with the coordination of external meetings and events related to the project.
Prepare necessary background information and materials for project meetings and events.
Take notes from meetings and events, documenting and following up on important actions and decision from the meeting.
Facilitate meetings where appropriate and distribute minutes or summary documents to participants.
Contribute to data collection by attending interviews, taking notes, asking clarifying questions, and managing recordings and data confidentiality.
Audit transcripts against recordings and assist with data management.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field or study.
Three years of related work experience in project management and/or social science research or social service agency evaluation activities.
Strong interest in growing skills and developing research and project management expertise.
Strong interest in structural problems in society and interventions meant to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals.
Interest in learning about the ways in which employment quality plays out in the lives of low- to moderate-income workers and their families.
Software proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to move to on- and off-campus locations is required.
Some air travel is required for data collection and possibly for presenting results at conferences.
Experience working a front-line job, such as restaurant service, home health care, or warehousing.
Experience with qualitative/quantitative data analysis processes and software.
Experience working on a distributed team (team members working from different locations).
Experience working in human resources.
Ability to work independently, actively seek support and assistance when needed, and advocate for what will help the team achieve goals.
Willingness to manage a relationship with an engaged but off-site supervisor.
Ability to think critically and creatively from a posture of curiosity.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to collaborate closely with others, contribute to team discussions and analysis sessions, and problem-solve in a supportive, relational way.
Attention to detail and accuracy and ability to maintain absolute confidentiality of study participant data.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of community members, staff, and faculty of varying degrees of technical sophistication.
Understanding of and commitment to social work values, such as service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance and centrality of human relationships, integrity, and competence.
The hiring range for this position is $41,301 - $52,631 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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