The Research Program Manager will be responsible for a broad range of duties related to planning, organizing, executing, and monitoring the implementation and ongoing operations of complex research projects. The portfolio of projects spans community-engaged health equity work with an emphasis often on social determinants of health and implementation science.
Duties include: 1. Operational lead of Director and Associate Director’s portfolio of projects. Tasks include: Track progress across portfolio of projects to ensure study milestones are met; prepare data reports and progress reports; oversee cross-project regulatory compliance, study protocols, budgeting, and financial reports; develop and update protocols, standard operating procedures, and workflows; implement and refine operational structures for cross-project use; exercise independent judgement and decision-making; support center operational staff when scientific guidance needed. 2. Provide oversight and day-to-day management on portfolio of investigative and evaluation teams. Tasks include: train and supervise research staff; mentor and manage junior team members on projects; coordinate and support project team members, subcontractors, and stakeholders; coordinate work and efforts to ensure effective communications between colleagues and departments (i.e., project teams, evaluation consultancy, operational staff); coordinate work and efforts to ensure effective communications between CHER and external teams (i.e., affiliated sites, client institutions); organize and prepare reports, meetings, and other internal communications. 3. Lead management of preaward activities and progress toward deadlines for evaluation and research contracts, investigator-initiated grant proposals, and other award activities; liaise with Business Office and other relevant departments. 4. Scientific writing. Tasks include: Draft and revise scientific writing for a variety of contexts (grant proposal, abstracts/manuscripts, and public dissemination products) and manage team progress toward deadlines.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of experience in project coordination related to research/evaluation/program management or health equity/community engagement. Applicant should be able to develop timelines and take guidance from a PI to develop budgets and scopes of work; experience on a research team with grant writing is preferred. Applicants must be able to prioritize competing demands and work independently and efficiently across a growing research team. Attention to detail, problem solving, and a demonstrated ability to work and collaborate within and across teams both inside and outside the organization is essential. Applicant should have organizational and management skills as well as interpersonal and communication skills. Professionalism, maturity, and experience are expected in working with people from a variety of cultural identities, affiliations, and settings as our portfolio of projects and teams are often community-based and working with health disparity issues and under resourced contexts. Applicant should have experience with critically reviewing and summarizing literature, interpreting research results, and drafting reports and scholarly products in educational or professional environment. Must have flexibility in work schedule. Minimal travel required (5%, once allowed).
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.