Research Programs Manager
Job ID: R0033925 | Project Management | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seek a Research Programs Manager for the Equity Center, reporting to the Director of Equitable Analysis.

The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship ("The Equity Center") is the University of Virginia's newest collaborative, multidisciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities' fundamental research missions, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, The Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

The Research Programs Manager has three fundamental roles, all of which require exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills and the highest standards of integrity: (1) to actively contribute to and facilitate the research practice partnerships of The Equity Center, supporting engagement and collaboration between community partners and Equity Center researchers; (2) to participate in and manage action-oriented research efforts, helping to bridge community-driven questions with appropriate methods and processes; and (3) to support the research programs and research community through project management, communication of research insights, and technical assistance.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Broadly support the research and administrative activities of The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship ("The Equity Center").
  • Collaboratively plan and fully participate in meetings with members of the relevant research teams, community advisory teams and resident changemakers across multiple projects, helping to set agendas, synthesize knowledge and actions, contribute to collaborative understanding, and maintain community collaborations and trust.
  • Contribute to and track completion of deliverables and adherence to timelines for multiple research projects, identifying milestones and timelines across research projects, and learning and instituting necessary workflows.
  • Engage in research activities, including background research and literature reviews, data discovery and collection, and implementation of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Collaborate with The Equity Center staff to communicate project progress, research deliverables and related information, promoting dissemination to diverse audiences and through multiple channels.
  • Assist the Director of Equitable Analysis and the Director of Community Research in supporting account maintenance, reconciliation and financial reporting for Equity Center research projects.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned by the Director of Equitable Analysis.

  • Education: Bachelor's degree with at least two years of relevant experience required. Six years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.
  • Familiarity with collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management and transparent, high-integrity leadership skills.
  • Ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.
  • Ability to make sound decisions based on competing and complex information from multiple sources.
  • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Experience in budget management skills and demonstrably sound professional judgment.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Education: Master's or terminal degree.
  • Three years of experience preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and experience working with Charlottesville and Albemarle County organizations committed to redressing racial and socio-economic inequalities.
  • Knowledge of or interest in further developing research skills, particularly those that contribute to open and reproducible research practices and communication.
  • Familiarity with theory and research on the structural, historical and/or policy foundations of racial and socioeconomic inequalities via past research, courses, work or lived experience.

This is an exempt-level, benefited position and is restricted as it is dependent upon performance and funding.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $60,000-70,000, commensurate with education and experience.

Preference will be given to applications received by April 15, 2022, although the position is open until filled.

For questions about the position, please contact Michele Claibourn,

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Learn more about The Equity Center here:

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