Essential Functions: Under the direction of the director of the Detroit Partnership for Education Equity & Research, the Research Associate will provide scientific and technical assistance to complete social science research. Administer all phases of a large grant project contract and any sub-contracted grant projects. Coordinate project operations and activities such as planning, design, development and performance of project protocols, data acquisition and management, analysis and reporting of study results. May assist in writing grant proposals, manuscripts, publications, and presentations. May provide functional oversight to other project researchers and oversee staff, students, volunteers, agency workers.ResearchAs a key member of the core research team of Detroit PEER, the Research Associate will perform social science (human subjects) research in education policy, including: Work with researchers to develop project proposals. Formulate, design, and perform quantitative or qualitative analysis. Develop and submit IRB and district research applications.Recruit participants for studies. Manage research projects and administer planning, organization, and scheduling activities to meet objectives. Assist and direct others with conducting research and adhering to research protocols as required. Collect and organize research data and results, outcomes, and survey data. Evaluate, recommend, and implement procedures for data acquisition, analysis, management and interpretation.Highlight key points of research results collected in accordance with the research protocols. Prepare academic papers, technical reports, graphs, charts and papers on research activities.Read pertinent literature, attend meetings and participate in professional development and associations as appropriate. Remain informed of the current status of completed and ongoing research in related areas.Project CoordinationThe Research Associate will serve as the primary project coordinator across center projects, including:Coordinate research team and cross-functional meetings, agendas, and related preparation and follow-up activities. Communicate with principal investigator on the status of research operations and activities.Develop, document, and implement operating policies, procedures, and systems to support planned operations. Coordinate and/or link project operations with other administrative and research functions on and off campus. Serve as key resource for project information and resolve problems, answer questions, and follow up on inquiries/requests from internal/external stakeholders.Develop and administer project budgets, execute contracts with vendors, authorize expenditures, and monitor account reconciliation and status to ensure compliance with fiscal guidelines and regulations. Support Partnership and Center DevelopmentThe Research Associate will work closely with the director of Detroit PEER and the leadership team to maintain strong communication with research partners and build the infrastructure of the center, including:Assist PI in preparing presentations regarding research results for professional, scientific, and academic conferences. Assist PI in identifying and pursuing funding sources and opportunities. Interface with funding agencies and community partners to exchange information regarding project status and to build and maintain rapport to enhance opportunities for additional funding and research activities. Provide leadership and guidance to project researchers, participants, staff, student workers, volunteers, graduate students, outside consultants, and/or other constituencies, as assigned.Assist PI in building an internship program and other projects and programming.Prepare financial and grant reports and provide information as required. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Master's degree required in Education, Education Policy or education concentration in another social science, or related field. Requires advanced knowledge, predominantly intellectual in character, in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction. 5 years of job-related experience.Experience using qualitative and/or quantitative research techniques and methods is required. Experience using qualitative and/or quantitative research techniques and methods is required. Research project experience is required. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Ability to work independently. Must be able to analyze, aggregate, summarize and interpret research data and findings in reports and communicate results. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills and scientific integrity principles.Demonstrated time management and organization skills. Ability to manage a large, complex workload with excellent attention to detail and ability to prioritize and meet established deadlines.Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to build and manage effective professional relationships, networks and cross-functional teams, motivate and guide others, mediate, problem solve and guide individual and group stakeholders successfully. Ability to work with a wide range of people who represent our diverse and multi-cultural society.Excellent oral and written communications skills. Able to present and disburse complex data and information to a diverse range of audiences and individuals. Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy and to maintain confidentiality in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature.Ability to delegate work, set clear direction and manage workflow. Ability to train, mentor, coach and professionally develop others and foster a teamwork focused and collaborative environment.Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products, shared networks and file drives, video conferencing programs. Proficiency in data collection and management methods and database systems. Ability to utilize digital survey applications, social media, website and other digital communication platforms.
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