University of Kansas — Research Project Coordinator, KU Center on Developmental Disabilities

KU Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is seeking a project coordinator to support research on self-determination for people with disabilities across the life course. This position will work across projects to coordinate research activities, monitor and communicate study progress, and assist with grant management and reporting tasks. These projects include focus in the following areas: 

  • School-based research with students with disabilities
  • Technology-focused research and activities involving a web-based app to support transition-aged youth with disabilities in setting goals, and a system to deliver measures of self-determination, such as the Self-Determination Inventory
  • Community-based research with adults with disabilities to support decision-making and self-determination 

The person in this role may directly supervise the work of professional staff (research assistants or aides) and students supporting research project goals. The ideal candidate will have project specialist or coordinator experience, be highly reliable in a fast-paced office, pay close attention to detail, be adept at problem-solving, and have a degree in education (including special education), psychology, health and social sciences, disability studies, or related area. 

The University of Kansas, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is recognized as a leading research center in the field of disability. KUCDD implements and conducts grant-funded projects focusing on (a) applied research on effective assessment and intervention practices with a particular focus on self-determination and transition to employment and (b) interdisciplinary training in the disability field. KUCDD is part of the Life Span Institute (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. 

KUCDD research staff are expected to actively engage in research projects and disseminate research results through print, online resources, and direct, in-person presentation of information. 

Job Description:
The research project coordinator will work directly with KUCDD Associate Director, Lisa Hildebrandt, as well as collaborate with others in the self-determination research lab, including colleagues with disabilities, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff. The research coordinator will also liaison with study participants including adults and youth with disabilities. The person in this role will be tasked with the following responsibilities: 

40% – Coordinate development of study protocols to meet project goals and deadlines. Organize study activities such as: recruiting/managing participants, tracking study activities and timelines, assisting with training data collectors, and monitoring data collection activities (e.g., ensure timely provision of ClinCards or other participant incentive processing as required). Communicate regular project updates and organize inventory and ordering of necessary supplies. Assist in the development of project reports through writing, proofreading and document lay-out. Communicate with funders and coordinate with national experts to organize presentations and knowledge-sharing. 

20% – Supervise research assistants or students in data management tasks, editing video/audio clips for study participants and the public, and performing clerical tasks as assigned. 

15% – Perform entry of project data into federal data collection systems, including developing and maintaining databases to facilitate effective program evaluation processes and support annual tracking and reporting requirements funding sources. Maintain knowledge of IRB requirements and collaborate with KU IRB office to adhere to project protocols. 

10% – Update websites and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) by writing text, editing video to include captions, ensuring PDF accessibility, etc. 

10% – Provide additional support such as: scheduling and organizing meetings using Outlook or Doodle polls; reserving in-person meeting spaces or utilizing Zoom (or similar) web-based software to create appointments; arranging for accessibility needs to support accommodations for meeting attendees; taking and distributing meeting notes, making copies, scanning documents, etc. 

5% – Support additional project activities as needed. 

Required Qualifications: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education (including special education), psychology, health and social sciences, disability studies, or related area with minimum of two years of related professional experience, OR Master’s degree education (including special education), psychology, health and social sciences, disability studies, or related area with minimum of one year of related professional experience. 
  2. Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview. 
  3. Strong attention to detail as evidenced by application materials. 
  4. Strong interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills as evidenced by application materials and interview. 
  5. Three (3) or more years of experience using multiple types of computer software and websites (e.g., Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Qualtrics) as demonstrated by application materials, and work experience. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Experience with data management, analysis or storage systems (e.g., Excel, RedCap). 
  2. Experience supervising students or research aides or assistants. 
  3. Experience working with more than one project at a time. 
  4. Experience working with people with disabilities or their families.

Additional Candidate Instructions
In addition to the online application form, applications should include the following information in their application: 

  1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references. At least one of the references must be a current or former supervisor. 

Application deadline is July 17th, 2022. To be considered, please apply by this date. If interested, please apply here: 

Contact Information to Applicants
Lisa Hildebrandt,

Advertised Salary Range: $48,000-$57,000
Work Schedule: M-F, 8am-5pm
Application Review Begins: 18 July 2022
Anticipated Start Date: 8 August 2022 

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