Project Manager, Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab

  • Harris School of Public Policy
  • Feb 02, 2020
Full time Research

Job Description

About the Unit
The principal aim of the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab) is to understand the science of parent decision-making. The Lab was co-founded in 2014 by Professors Ariel Kalil and Susan Mayer. The BIP Lab focuses on the science of parental decision-making, especially through the lens of behavioral science. We design interventions for parents that can be implemented at a very low cost by service providers and test them using field experiments (randomized control trials) in primarily low-income populations. Research shows that a variety of low-cost, light-touch behavioral supports can optimize the decisions that people make in several key arenas of life, including decisions about health and financial savings. The BIP Lab is dedicated to understanding how such behavioral supports can be used to leverage parental investments to promote children’s development in low-income families. We have successfully applied these tools to parents’ decisions about the amount of time that they invest in educational activities with their children, their children’s attendance at school, and their engagement in their children’s school activities and events.

The job participates in scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports, and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.
1) Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages the lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan., 2) Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates., 3) Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research, and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process., 4) Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject., 5) Performs other related work as needed.
Unit-specific Responsibilities

The Project Manager will manage all activities associated with the development and execution of several projects of the BIP Lab; including a large-scale field experiment designed to increase participation in parent engagement programming at Head Start preschool centers. The position is responsible for ensuring the successful completion of the assigned projects (on time and on a budget), making significant contributions to research site recruitment, study design, and project planning, management of data collection, data management, and providing data analysis support.

This position is grant-funded for one year with the potential for future renewal.

1) Recruitment of research sites.
2) Management of project timeline and budget.
3) Responsible for managing the hiring of field research assistants – including the onboarding, training, and supervision of the field team.
4) Manage relationships with schools and early childhood development centers participating in research.
5) Responsible for internal quality assurance, ensuring that all internal data entry, cleaning and analysis activities are executed with fidelity.
6) Manage data collection efforts.
7) Manage research design and project development process, driving pre-award and research and planning and development activity.
8) Responsible for obtaining approval of the Internal Review Board (IRB) and managing operations according to the IRB’s rules and regulations; Manage IRB protocol submission and amendment process; Determine participant eligibility based on IRB guidelines and regulations; Responsible for ensuring amendments are up-to-date and continuing reviews are completed in a timely manner; Manage data files according to IRB confidentiality guidelines in the service of protecting the security of participant data.
9) Develop surveys, conduct literature reviews, support grant application processes, and manage process to ensure that projects are properly informed by principal investigators and other experts.
10) Tracking and expenditure of program resources; Purchase research supplies and services in accordance with grant terms and conditions; Responsible for managing revolving cash fund for payments to research participants.
11) Complete post-award grant reporting and support management of relationships with funding entities.
12) Provide technical support to schools and preschool centers participating in research.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Ability to take initiative, problem-solve with minimal supervision, exercise good judgment, prioritize, make decisions, and to work under pressure during high volume times.
2) Project management experience.
3) Familiarity with research design and implementation, data management, and procedures of a university IRB.
4) Comfort with both the English and Spanish languages.
5) Experience working with community-based organizations and with racially/ethnically diverse populations.
6) Driver’s license and willingness to travel to research sites (ownership of a vehicle is not a requirement).
7) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
8) Organized, strong analytical skills, exhibits strong attention to detail, takes initiative, effective time management.
9) Excellent team player – collaborative, reliable, ability to receive and give constructive feedback, flexible, supportive.

Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in a related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Preferred Qualifications

1) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (psychology, public policy, sociology, education, or related social science discipline).
2) Master’s degree

Required Documents

1) Resume
2) Cover letter