The center has a growing portfolio of research activities and is seeking an Associate Director of Research Initiatives who will utilize experience in academic research and a passion for social sector issues to execute strategic priorities, manage research projects, and lead research activities. The current list of activities include, but are not limited to: supporting faculty-led and PhD student-led social sector research projects; managing Rustandy Center data collection projects; sourcing and communicating social sector data sources; developing and managing relationships with new and existing partners in for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations; hosting research conferences on social sector topics; and communicating with internal and external stakeholders. In parallel, the associate director will utilize strong research skills, including developing hypotheses and insights, creating project proposals and plans, drafting surveys, and writing reports. The associate director will also provide research administration support, including for processing data use agreements, supporting the implementation of data security protocols, and managing IRB submissions.
Manage ongoing research projects led by the Rustandy Center and Booth faculty.
Develop and manage research partnerships .
Contribute to the design and implementation of multiple concurrent research studies, including the development of research proposals, project materials, and coordinating with vendors and partner agencies.
Manage data collection projects.
Provide research administration support for research projects in collaboration with university departments (e.g. manage IRB submissions, Data-Use agreements, data transfers, and data security).
Plan and execute academic conferences and convenings for various stakeholders including faculty, students, practitioners, visiting fellows, and outside institutions.
Maintain effective communication with all team members, other university departments and outside institutions.
Staff and support Rustandy Center programs, which may require working evenings, Saturdays and Sundays as required.
Attend various events, including selected research seminars.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree in economics, public policy, or related field preferred.
At least three years of relevant experience in a research setting or similar role required.
Experience with key research activities such as developing literature reviews, survey design, sampling methodology, and fieldwork preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Strong project and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail required.
Clear demonstration of strong problem solving skills and ability to serve the needs of diverse stakeholders, especially faculty required.
Ability to effectively work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, ask questions as necessary and streamline projects and processes to meeting deadlines required.
Excellent and professional verbal, written and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required.
Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with fellow staff members, as well as with students, faculty, and various stakeholders required.
Ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information required.
Familiarity with statistics software such as STATA preferred.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for specific events required.
Ability to travel between Hyde Park campus and downtown Gleacher Center required.
Domain knowledge of the social sector preferred.
Knowledge of the Chicago Booth and/or the University of Chicago preferred.
Cover letter briefly describing past experiences and career goals
Brief writing sample preferably describing research
Complete undergraduate/graduate transcript (unofficial will suffice)
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