The Research Project Manager will oversee two NIH-funded R01 longitudinal cohort studies. This research follows a cohort of diverse families (n=1307) with young families in the Twin Cities area. Families participate in on-line surveys, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), as well as in-person data collection visit where biological measures are collected (e.g., blood, hair samples, anthropometrics). The Project Manager would plan an integral role in overseeing the cohort study, including supervision of staff and managing the collection of data collection. They would be recognized as a technical expert in the collection of biological data from parents/children. While this person would work with a team, they would also be required to work independently with guidance only in more complex situations. This project is funded through December 2026 and will report to the Research Program Director. The Project Manager is responsible for engaging regular communication with and between the multidisciplinary team.
20 % - Data Management and Monitoring:
Provide training to staff in specialized data collection measures
Supervise, and mentor research data assistants by setting priorities, developing procedures, assigning work, and maintaining schedules
Develop and continuously update data collection materials and protocols.
Implement and enforce protocols to protect confidentiality of Human Subject data.
Maintain and update the databases and monitor to insure data integrity and quality. Perform quality checks on data and monitor all processes.
Maintain and manage all electronic and non-electronic data.
25% - Project Management and Communication:
Ensure the overall project schedule and planning align the resources when and where needed to meet milestones.
Facilitate communication across a large multi-disciplinary team.
Manage and monitor study budget and needs, including contracts and invoicing.
Establish and maintain partnerships with University of Minnesota sites where in-person data collection will occur.
20% - Project Dissemination:
Work with investigators to manage timely completion of project milestones during development and management of the project.
Manage and contribute to scholarly work, including the preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations. Work with a diverse set of community stakeholders to develop messages and communicate study findings.
Work with technical writers and graphic designers to translate research and findings into formats for a variety of non-academic audiences.
Contribute to the development and realization of the study dissemination goals.
20 % - Research Participant Retention:
Implement a continuous improvement strategy to support participant retention plan to ensure minimal participant loss to follow up.
Refine protocols for participant tracking and locating hard-to-reach participants.
Ensure adequate staffing and scheduling to meet follow-up visit goals.
5% - Supervisory:
Primary contact for HR-related contacts for project staff and students.
Oversee the interviewing, hiring, training and evaluation of direct reports.
Partner with the faculty lead and the Department HR office on resolving complex employee relations issues as needed.
5% - Technical Expertise:
REDCap database management.
Library resources, including tools for literature reviews and data repositories.
5% - Study Regulatory Requirements:
Assure that all IRB, NIH, and other pertinent regulations are adhered to, including training faculty and staff.
Assist in IRB submissions including updating consent forms, complete continuing reviews, and ongoing reporting documents as required.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS in Public Health or other social science field, with at least 5 years of research experience, an advanced degree with 3 years of experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 9 years.
Background in nutrition, mental health, or public health-related field.
Experience working with families and children.
Experience with REDCap or Qualtrics data management system or equivalent.
Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and planning skills.
Ability to work independently, as a part of a team, and adapt to emerging priorities.
Demonstrated ability to lead projects, set and maintain deadlines, and prioritize assignments.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Pursuing or received a Master’s degree in Public Health or other social science field.
Familiarity with and participation in disseminating study results (e.g., scientific manuscripts).
Proficiency in REDCap data management system.
Experience collecting data from both children and adults, including biological data and quantitative data.
Experience with large-scale research studies, including participant retention.
Experience managing regulatory requirements related to human subjects research.
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to take direction from multiple stake holders, including community partners.
Data management skills.
Demonstrated skills in conducting community outreach, including engaging and following through with diverse stakeholders.
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