This 75% time position is located at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), Research and Training Center on Community Living (RRTCCL). The scope of this position involves conducting currently funded and future research on issues related to full inclusion of people with intellectual and other disabilities in the community. Research topics are wide - including employment, housing, self-determination, social inclusion, retirement, self-advocacy and other areas related to community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Primary duties will involve providing strategic direction and leadership with research design, data collection and management, data analysis, and writing technical reports and briefs as well as peer reviewed journal articles and other professional writing. The research leader in this position serves as a Principal Investigator of projects funded by the federal government, state departments, and other organizations.
The individual in this position has a leadership role with operations strategic planning and budget oversight. The individual also serves in an advisory role to the Principal Investigators of other projects funded by the federal government, state departments of education, and other organizations (e.g., budgets, interactions with project officers, oversight of personnel, research agendas, evaluation activities). This individual represents projects, as requested by Principal Investigators, at meetings and professional conferences. The person who fills this position is considered by the academic (scientific) community to be a national and international expert in community living for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This individual is able to address frequent and unexpected problems, and has the knowledge and skills to generally make independent decisions and seek the root causes of issues.
Research/Evaluation Design (60%)
Designs, develops, and implements research projects in collaboration with others related to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in their communities.
Manages multiple ongoing research procedures, and provide expertise in development of research design and data analytic methods.
Analyzes research data, and draw conclusions from research results.
Ensures that human subjects research requirements are met.
Serves as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for projects or contracts including the creation and review of an operating budget, and meeting with finance and other parties on effort and other budgetary issues.
Creation and Dissemination of Research Findings (30%)
Interprets and reports research data in local, national, and international meetings, and in peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters, reports, and briefs.
Develops and delivers customized summaries of research findings to targeted audiences (e.g., state developmental disability agencies, advisory panels, etc.).
Presents research findings to researchers, faculty, and other academic professionals in field of expertise (presentations, panel discussions, round table discussions, posters, and other formats).
Translates research findings into other digital and written formats for key stakeholders including: researchers, policy makers, educators, webinar or workshop participants, and other non-academic audiences (parents, staff at advocacy organizations, etc.) through a variety of formats.
Provides strategic leadership that supports the attainment of critical project outcomes, and that will lead to continuous improvement in meeting timelines and resource allocation.
Writes proposals to present at scholarly national conferences, symposia, and meetings.
Completes other tasks as assigned.
Provides leadership on modification of practices and procedures to improve efficiency and quality of knowledge development and technical assistance products and practices (e.g., scheduling work steps).
Provides consultation and mentoring to PIs (e.g., budgets, interactions with project officers, oversight of personnel, research agendas, evaluation activities).
Advises on, and assist with, writing grant proposals.
Ph.D. Educational Psychology (Special Education), Social Work, Psychology or other disability related field
At least 20 years of research experience
Demonstrated national and international leadership in community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Demonstrated strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer reviewed research articles, or other print and electronic publications and presenting at conferences and professional meetings
Demonstrated knowledge of ICI/RRTCCL and affiliated projects
Strong collaboration skills
Ability to travel outside of Minnesota on a regular basis
Internal Number: 335605
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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