The Research Analyst 1 (RA1) supports and coordinates research and administrative activities for a multi-project research program which includes education, anti-poverty, child health, food consumption, and school finance reform studies and a pre-doctoral training grant. This position is the main contact for this
set of projects and, under direction, is responsible for all research, organizational, and administrative operations.
Coordinates program-wide, day-to-day research and administrative activities; acts as liaison for all project investigators, staff, fellows research assistants, consultants, external partners, subcontractors, research sites; hires and supervises temporary and student staff. Provides ongoing guidance and technical assistance to training grant fellows.
With general direction, prepares and administers research study instruments including surveys, interview and observation protocols, and consent forms; prepares IRB protocols and revisions; helps develop and prepare research proposal applications.
Works closely with PI and research team on data collection including interviewing, observing, and shadowing at research sites; participates in analysis activities such as coding, data cleaning, transcribing, and summarizing.
Compiles information on research methods, data, and findings in poster, slide, and journal publication formats; edits, reviews and submits project publications (may also include writing for publications and working closely with authors on revisions); prepares grant interim, annual and final reports. Evaluates and reports on program activities, goals, sponsor obligations, and compliance issues.
Manages project budget, monitoring and tracking expenses, reconciling statements, preparing expense projections; coordinates all project purchasing, reimbursements, consultant and subcontract payments, payments to research subjects.
Designs and maintains various project databases, tracks progress of project goals and sponsor obligations. Researches and maintains extensive, accurate and up-to-date data around fellow research funds and activities, fellow progress through grant requirements, and fellow outplacement.
Develops and manages research and training program websites; plans and executes project and training grant deliverables, including event planning, scheduling, catering arrangements, media needs, and other accommodations.
Oversees planning and execution of national, SESP-hosted conference.
Facilitates fellow research and professional development activities, including conferences, colloquia and general research support.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in social sciences or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
Demonstrated experience with standards of research conduct and project management.
Experience in experimental design and data analysis.
Demonstrated experience with project management.
Identifies and analyzes significant problems and opportunities; relates and compares data from different sources.
Successfully uses multiple software programs independently. Software may include Microsoft Office, applications such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Access, email, web browsers, and Peoplesoft.
Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Displays consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
Seeks to build collaboration by encouraging trust, mutual respect and shared purpose among various participants in an engagement.
Experience with data management and analysis software.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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