University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee RESEARCH PROGRAM MANAGER I in Milwaukee, Michigan

Posting Details

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s major urban university and is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as an R-1 research institution. The 104-acre main campus on Milwaukee’s east side is just blocks from Lake Michigan and home to 11 of UWM’s 15 schools and colleges. UWM is one of the two “doctoral cluster” campuses in the 26-campus UW System, serving approximately 27,000 students. The campus and greater Milwaukee communities offer strong opportunities for research collaboration and professional development.

Job Summary

The Research Program Manager I (RPM) will be responsible for managing research-related activities for Dr. Melinda Kavanaugh, Associate Professor in Social Work. Dr. Kavanaugh’s research primarily focuses on youth caregivers, but extends to the impacts of opioids, school-based youth supports and professional education activities. This position will serve as research program manager for the various projects and contracts under the purview of Dr. Kavanaugh’s research portfolio. The RPM will coordinate research activities, manage budgets and provide project management. In addition to meeting all of the minimum qualifications and most, if not all, of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will be comfortable learning new software, such as online survey applications.

Program Management and Administration (70%)

  • Coordinate and maintain all IRB protocols.

  • Participate in collaborative group activities, including scientific and administrative committees, conference calls, workgroups, and publications and reports.

  • Assist in the creation and submission of progress reports.

  • Oversee Research Assistants (RAs) who assist in data collection.

  • Manage and oversee budgets, and meetings across projects

  • Manage and coordinate study travel, including submission of travel reimbursements

Data Acquisition, Management and Collection (30%)

  • Oversee participant recruitment, data collection, and data entry.

  • Work with research team members to organize internal processes to track participants across projects.

  • Schedule and facilitate calls with funders and organizations relating to the projects.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Experience with budgets and funder progress reports

  • Strong communication skills as evidenced by well-written submitted application materials.

  • Experience conducting interviews, surveys, or similar outreach with vulnerable populations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong verbal communications skills

  • Experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and submissions.

  • Experience with statistical analyses is a plus (Knowledge of SPSS, MS Excel, MS Access)

  • Previous supervisory experience.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online on this website. A completed application must include a resume, cover letter addressing all the required and preferred qualifications and list of three professional references.

Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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Working Title: Program Manager

Position Number: NEW

Division: Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Department: B8610 SOCIAL WORK

Position Type: Non-Teaching Academic Staff

Appointment Type: Fixed Term/Project

FLSA Status: Exempt

Percent: 100

Posting Type: Staff

Application Deadline: 04/09/2019

Continuous (Open Until Filled?): No

Position Contact Name: Chris Cigale

Contact Phone: 414-229-3410

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