Essential Functions: JOB PURPOSEReporting to the Associate Dean of Research, the Associate Director provides leadership and direction for various research operations, including community outreach for research, pre-award grant management, human subject protection, internal assessment, and the Center for Social Work Research Support Lab. Responsible for creating and implementing strategies that facilitate increased grant productivity, improves business processes and advances overall operational effectiveness. Fosters a pro-active continuous improvement environment that is conductive to both the University and the School's overall research mission.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSDevelops and implements research projects in partnership with community agencies. Responds to community inquiries about SSW research expertise and conducts community outreach to develop research opportunities for faculty, staff and students. Facilitates matching of faculty and students with community partners. Conducts community-based research, leading all phases of research planning, identification of appropriate methodology, direction of staff engaged in data collection and analysis, and reporting. Conducts internal evaluation and assessment for the school including assuring compliance with accreditation standards. Tasks include curriculum mapping, identification of appropriate measures to determine competency, collaboration with faculty and program committees to develop assessment strategies and facilitate the use of assessment findings. Directs analysis on student assessment data, conducts presentations to various stakeholders on assessment plans, prepares statistical analysis and presents findings to stakeholders. Represents the School on the University Assessment Council. Participates in strategic discussions and initiatives that leverage grant funding in support of research activities and the School. Directs, coordinates, plans, develops and implements pre-award management objectives and activities within the school. Creates, updates, and implements policies to improve research operations in the School. Collaborates with the Sponsored Programs Administration Office and School of Social Work Business Office to achieve common goals and objectives.Directs the operations of the School's Center for Social Work Research Support Lab.Provides guidance and training to faculty and students on human subject protection and policies of the Wayne State University Institutional Review Board. Represents the School of Social Work on the WSU Institutional Review Board. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: EDUCATIONMasters of Research Administration or a social science (social work, psychology, sociology or political science.EXPERIENCEExtensive experience in pre-award sponsored project administration. Experience on social or behavioral science projects.Extensive experience in collaborative research.Experience in Community Based Participatory Research. Experience with assessment of University-level programs.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIESProject Management- Ability to independently manage a variety of projects while ensuring appropriate tracking, quality control, follow-up and multiple deadlines are met. Strong time management. Ability to prioritize and plan work activities; adapt to changing conditions and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals. Management Skills-Outstanding strategic thinking skills and problem solving abilities. Ability to mentor, coach and delegate work. Strong motivational skills that foster collaboration and a team building approach and inspires confidence to meet common objectives. Business Skills-Ability to work independently. Ability to handle multiple demands. Understands objectives and looks for ways to improve processes and quality. Identify and resolves problems in a timely manner.Communication Skills-Effective interpersonal and customer service skills, writes clearly and informatively. Responds courteously to requests for service and assistance. Strong presentation skills.Analytical Skills- Ability to quickly identify and understand problems and select appropriate resolutions. Ability to interpret and analyze financial reports or other quantitative reports and compile data if necessary in a clear and concise format for management decisions making. Technical skills-Comfortable with a variety of computer programs (including SPSS, NVivo, and Microsoft Work products. Particularly advanced functions of Excel.
Internal Number: 76_207851
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.