Summary: The full-time director of the Community Data and Research Lab (CDRL) oversees a staff of researchers, database experts and web developers to execute a portfolio of projects designed to promote access to data to inform practice. This position requires strong leadership and knowledge of community research and evaluation design, along with a vision of how data can contribute to community well-being. This position reports to the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Johnson Center) and is a member of the overall Johnson Center leadership team.
The director of CDRL is responsible for establishing an annual research agenda with partnership organizations and the Johnson Center; implementing this agenda on a rolling basis as new projects emerge; hiring, supervising, and managing staff of CDRL; raising revenue through contracts for service; working closely with outside funders and organizations regarding their applied research needs and the development of technology tools to assist them in their work; developing a clear vision to maintain and improve the appropriate technology infrastructure to support and sustain the work of CDRL; and negotiating data sharing and other contractual agreements for the Johnson Center with partners interested in advancing the work of CDRL.
The CDRL director represents the Johnson Center in the research community nationally, in Michigan, in West Michigan and within the University.
The Johnson Center is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.
Required Qualifications and Education:
Masters’ degree plus eight to ten years of experience in social/community-based research OR PhD with three to five years of experience in social/community-based research
Deep understanding of the role of data in community decision-making and policy
Supervisory experience with demonstrated commitment to staff development
Track record of successfully securing grants and research contracts
Strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design and data analysis software
Basic understanding of database systems and web application development within the context of community information systems.
Basic understanding of the IT aspects of data and data governance
Demonstrated ability to work with local, regional and statewide philanthropic organizations and nonprofits
Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a team atmosphere
Advanced interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills
An understanding of, and interest in advocating for, both equity and data-driven decision-making
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
Serving as a member of the Johnson Center leadership team to collaboratively develop and steward the Center’s programs and resources
Leading strategic, sustainability, and long-term planning for CDRL
Providing guidance for development of action plans for implementation of projects
Selecting, hiring, and supervising staff of CDRL
Developing and managing the CDRL budget toward program and Johnson Center self-sufficiency
Developing and maintaining partnerships with key local, state, and national organizations including contracted services and data sharing agreements
Travelling as needed to carry out responsibilities (local and overnight travel)
Collaborating with other units within the Johnson Center and the greater university community
Responsibilities – Non-Essential Functions:
Occasionally teaching and/or guest lecturing at GVSU
Teaching professional development workshops / classes
Salary: A full benefits package is offered. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Department/Division: Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy/College of Community and Public Service
How to Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.
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