Posted: Aug 3, 2022

Research Project Manager

Salary: $78,000.00 - $119,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Sep 2, 2022

Job Summary

The Shift Project, at the Malcolm 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 as a member of a research team that includes Project Co-Director Kristen Harknett (UCSF), other project staff, graduate student researchers, and pre-doctoral fellows. The incumbent will perform complex and varied tasks to support data collection, research production and dissemination, and project management. 

The incumbent will assume responsibility for various aspects of projects including (1) coordinating all data collection activities, including programming surveys, organizing data collection, and maintaining detailed records of data collection instruments; (2) managing the work of pre-doctoral fellows, in close coordination with the faculty PIs, (3) coordinating digital dissemination of findings from The Shift Project to policy makers and other stakeholders; (4) assisting with grant proposal preparation and reporting and managing human subjects and data safety agreements. 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 independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. 

Position Description

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate all data collection activities, including training and overseeing pre-doctoral fellow(s), programming surveys in Qualtrics, and maintaining detailed records of data collection instruments 

  • Work with the Research Data Administrator and PIs in the cleaning and analysis of data collected through The Shift Project 

  • Manage research collaborations external to Harvard while following appropriate internal policies 

  • Ensure that IRB and Data Safety protocols remain up to date and in compliance and originate new IRB and data safety protocols as needed 

  • Contribute to grant preparation and reporting activities including by participating in grant proposal creation and working with Kennedy School and Harvard University staff on grant preparation and reporting 

  • Provide general project management including building strong relationships with the Shift Project research team, establishing relationships with relevant Kennedy School staff, coordinating weekly and monthly Shift Project team meetings, and training new project staff members 

  • Coordinate dissemination of Shift Project research findings through such activities as co-authorship of research reports, collaboration with HKS and Wiener Center communications staff, supervision of Shift Project newsletter, and updating of the Shift Project website 

Basic Qualifications

  • Master'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 Skills

  • Experience in economics, sociology, public policy, labor studies, or other relevant field preferred 

  • Ability 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 skills 

  • Strong writing skills both for general and academic audiences  

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 

  • Ability to multi-task with demanding time frames required  

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member  

  • Ability 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 LaTeX 

  • Experience in research and/or policy related to relevant issues such as poverty, wage and/or labor policy, and/or issues facing low wage workers 

  • Experience with federal and foundation grant proposal writing and fund management 

  • Experience training and mentoring early-career staff members