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Research Manager 3 (ICI-UMN)

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Research Manager 3 (Job ID 338433)
Working Title: Senior Research Associate Manager 

Position Overview:
This full-time research position is located at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), College of Education and Human Development. The position scope involves leading the Community Living and Employment program area projects and staff. The position is responsible for conducting currently funded and future research on issues related to full inclusion of people with intellectual and other disabilities in the community. Research topics are wide - including employment, housing, self-determination, social inclusion, retirement, self-advocacy and other areas related to community living for people with disabilities. Primary duties involve providing strategic direction and leadership within the program area focused on research design, data collection and management, data analysis, and writing technical reports and briefs as well as peer reviewed journal articles and other professional writing. Additionally, with the support of communication staff, this position ensures that research conducted is translated in ways that are useful to the community (e.g. people with disabilities, family members, advocates, policy makers). The research leader in this position serves as a Principal Investigator of multiple projects funded by the federal government, state departments, and other organizations. The individual in this position has a leadership role with operations strategic planning and budget oversight of the program area. The individual also serves in an advisory role to the Principal Investigators of other funded projects related to budgets, interactions with project officers, oversight of personnel, research agendas, evaluation activities. This individual represents projects, as requested by Principal Investigators, at meetings and professional conferences. The person who fills this position is considered by the academic (scientific) community to be a national and international expert in community living for persons with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities. This individual is able to address frequent and unexpected problems, and has the knowledge and skills to generally make independent decisions and seek the root causes of issues. The person in this role serves on the ICI management team and supervise research and training teams within the program area. This researcher reports to the Director of the ICI.

Job Responsibilities:

     Research/Evaluation Design  (60% time).

  • Designs, develops, and implements research projects in collaboration with others related to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in their communities.
  • Manages multiple ongoing research procedures, and provide expertise in development of research design and data analytic methods.
  • Analyzes research data, and draw conclusions from research results.
  • Ensures that human subjects research requirements are met.
  • Serves as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for projects or contracts including the creation and review of an operating budget, and meeting with finance and other parties on effort and other budgetary issues.

     Creation and Dissemination of Research Findings (20% time).

  • Interprets and reports research data in local, national, and international meetings, and in peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters, reports, and briefs.
  • Develops and delivers customized summaries of research findings to targeted audiences (e.g., state developmental disability agencies, advisory panels, etc.).
  • Presents research findings to researchers, faculty, and other academic professionals in field of expertise (presentations, panel discussions, round table discussions, posters, and other formats).
  • Translates research findings into other digital and written formats for key stakeholders including: researchers, policy makers, educators, webinar or workshop participants, and other non-academic audiences (parents, staff at advocacy organizations, etc.) through a variety of formats.
  • Provides strategic leadership that supports the attainment of critical project outcomes, and that will lead to continuous improvement in meeting timelines and resource allocation.
  • Writes proposals to present at scholarly national conferences, symposia, and meetings.
  • Completes other tasks as assigned.

     Management/Advising/Mentoring (20 % time).

  • Manages projects and processes, including supervising staff.
  • Provides leadership on modification of practices and procedures to improve efficiency and quality of knowledge development and technical assistance products and practices (e.g., scheduling work steps).
  • Provides leadership and strategic planning in ICI operations and research and administrative goals.
  • Provides consultation and mentoring to PIs  (e.g., budgets, interactions with project officers, oversight of personnel, research agendas, evaluation activities).
  • Advises on, and assist with, writing grant proposals.


   Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology (Special Education), Social Work, Psychology or other disability related field.
  • At least 10 years of research experience.
  • Demonstrated national and international leadership in community living for people with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated strong professional writing skills, including research reports, peer reviewed research articles, or other print and electronic publications and presenting at conferences and professional meetings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ICI and affiliated projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising professional staff.

   Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to travel outside of Minnesota as needed.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Academic teaching.
  • Strong collaboration skills.

Department Overview
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota pushes the edge of inclusion through an intensive focus on policies and practices that affect children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and those receiving educational supports. ICI’s collaborative research, training, and information-sharing ensure that people with disabilities are valued by, included in, and contribute to their communities of choice throughout their lifetime. ICI works with service providers, policymakers, educators, employers, advocacy organizations, researchers, families, community members, and individuals with disabilities around the world, building communities that are inclusive. ICI is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. It also offers two interdisciplinary training programs: a graduate level certificate in disability policy and services and a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. The Institute is home to over 70 projects and six Affiliated Centers, addressing disability issues across the lifespan. ICI improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and those receiving educational supports, are valued by and contribute to their communities of choice.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. 

Required application materials include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current resume/CV
  3. Contact information for at least 3 references
  4. Transcript or diploma showing highest degree earned
  5. Professional writing sample

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).  Job ID 338433.