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Research Project Manager

University of Kansas- KU Center for Research
Lawrence, Kansas 66045 Work Remotely
  • Payrate
    $65,000 To $85,590 Yearly
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
Accessible Teaching, Learning and Assessment Systems (ATLAS) promotes learning and improved outcomes for all students and their educators. Our primary focus is supporting students with disabilities and struggling learners. We create technology-based learning and assessment systems that are accessible and academically rigorous.

We specialize in map-based learning systems, informed by research on skill development, assessment design, and teacher professional development. Every program and project in our diverse portfolio of operational and grant-funded research strategically aligns with our student- and educator-focused mission. Our work is also supported by multiple strategic partnerships with organizations that share our focus and commitment to quality learning experiences for all students.

In addition to grant-funded research projects, ATLAS develops and delivers state assessments. Our largest assessment system is the Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment System. DLM alternate assessments are designed to assess students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in English language arts, mathematics, and science. We also offer custom social studies alternate assessments. Our broader state assessments include the Kansas Assessment Program and the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment.

As an organization, ATLAS is committed to creating policies and practices that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment in which all employees feel they belong and can succeed.

ATLAS, a research center at the University of Kansas, is seeking a research project manager to lead a variety of projects and initiatives across functional teams within ATLAS and within the research and psychometrics team. The team is comprised of psychometricians, researchers, and assessment professionals from diverse academic domains.
The research project manager will report to the ATLAS associate director for operational studies. The successful candidate will lead projects related to the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System and the Kansas Assessment Program, will work collaboratively with researchers and subject matter experts on the team and across the center, and will lead the planning and coordination of project deliverables and activities for projects across the center. A successful applicant should have experience in program or project leadership, project management, research or grant work, educational assessment, facilitation, and technical documentation.

The research project manager will collaborate with staff of the research and psychometrics team and other ATLAS teams to lead the planning, execution, monitoring, and coordination of projects, operational research studies, business processes, and other research projects and initiatives as needed. The research manager may also lead or coordinate resource capacity planning and contribute to the monitoring and ongoing evaluation of a portfolio of projects owned by the research and psychometrics team.

KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 72 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! See benefits.ku.edu for more details.

Job Description

50% - Lead projects across ATLAS teams and within the ATLAS research and psychometrics team. Activities include independent leadership and oversight of multiple complex projects and initiatives and collaborating with team and center staff on psychometric and operational assessment-related research and development projects. Project management activities include scope clarification, stakeholder management, planning, monitoring, day-to-day operations, technical assistance, development of technical documentation, risk management, and refinement of the team and center’s business processes and products. Collaborate on center-level, cross-team workflow management initiatives. May contribute to project portfolio monitoring and evaluation and resource capacity planning.

20% - Collaborate with test development, technology, test production, professional learning, and implementation teams as needed on projects related to operational assessment development, operational studies, psychometrics, technical documentation, and strategic organizational initiatives. Activities include leading project planning meetings, facilitating status meetings, building and revising project plans and project schedules, planning for and negotiating resource allocation needs, and serving as an internal consultant to provide project management advice and support to the team when needed.

20% - Monitor study and project timelines and lead communication and status discussion across project staff and teams. Identify barriers and roadblocks and discuss with the appropriate leaders and stakeholders to facilitate resolution. Help studies, projects, and processes to stay on track and move forward, ensuring that the teams are making progress towards completion and meeting any critical milestones and due dates.

5% - Communicate with external audiences including researchers, state education agency staff, contractors/vendors, and professional organizations.

5% - Other duties as assigned.



Position Requirements

  • This position allows for a telework or hybrid work location for well-qualified candidates. A telework position may be required to travel to Lawrence (up to 4 times a year).
  • This position will require attendance at regularly scheduled meetings, onsite or through telecommunication platforms.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or psychology and 1 year of professional experience in a related field or bachelor’s degree in education or psychology and 4 years of professional experience in a related field.
  • At least 1 year of experience leading complex projects.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or a combination of both.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as evidenced by application materials and work experience.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as evidenced in application materials and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience independently leading complex projects.
  • PMP certification.
  • Professional experience developing and improving business processes or workflows and coordinating technical documentation.
  • Experience facilitating collaborative cross-team meetings or leading professional workshops.
  • Previous work experience collaborating with individuals, internal teams, cross-functional teams, and external partners.
  • Experience using project management software (such as Microsoft Project or others such as online project management tools).
  • Experience building and updating project plan information, project documents, and schedules (such as Gantt charts, project documents, online project management tools, and online collaboration/workshop tools).
  • Experience with project management initiatives designed to increase efficiency of research and development projects and cross-team collaboration.
  • One or more years of experience editing and/or writing reports, such as products for academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt and respond to changes in work priorities and processes, as evidenced from prior work experience.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  • Online application
  • Résumé
  • Letter detailing your professional experiences that align with the required and preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins 11/21/22 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. For first consideration, please apply by 11/21/22


Posted: 2022-11-16 Expires: 2022-12-31

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