Research Coordinator, Senior, CGIR

Research Coordinator, Senior, CGIR

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Posted Job Title
Research Coordinator, Senior, CGIR

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator Senior

Job Description Summary
The Senior Research Coordinator will have primary project management responsibility for the quantitative arms of a large multi-site national study of guaranteed income. The Center for Guaranteed Income Research (CGIR) is an unconditional cash-transfer research center headquartered at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. CGIR conducts applied cash-transfer studies and pilot designs in concert with community-based organizations and government stakeholders in order to add to the empirical scholarship on cash, economic mobility, poverty, and narrative change, and is committed to public science that challenges dominant narratives on poverty, deservedness, and economic mobility. The job will involve designing research development and data-collection plans and coordinating their implementation across more than 20 fields sites in the U.S.

This position requires limited travel and is contingent upon grant funding.

Job Description

Lead coordination and organization of quantitative project research activities according to project timelines and goals with team members across the country. This includes designing research data-collection plans, managing data collection, protocol development, and supervising research assistants.

Assist research team members with all stages of research, including scheduling data-collection with external stakeholders, preparing materials for data collection, communicating with research sites, and completing necessary follow-ups.

Managing all aspects of the IRB process. This includes drafting protocols, submitting applications, ensuring compliance with IRB protocols throughout the entire research process, and coordinating with IRBs external to Penn.

Organize and participate in research team meetings by delegating tasks to research assistants, tracking progress, and ensuring documentation of all data-collection activities.

Working with sites to develop and organize secure electronic storage for access by project team members.

Perform additional duties as assigned.

This position requires limited travel and is contingent upon grant funding.


A bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of experience is required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree preferred. Experience managing multi-site research studies that involves conducting primary quantitative data-collection is required. Experience supervising research assistants, delegating tasks in socio-behavioral research environments, and managing IRB protocols is required. Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills are necessary. Experience and understanding of the research process is required. Must be proficient using Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Familiarity with project management software and data-collection platforms is strongly preferred. Strong project management, planning, and organizational skills required; experience with data collection in community-based settings preferred. Candidates must submit a cover letter. The successful candidate will have primary project management responsibility on a large multi-site guaranteed income study. Duties include designing complex research development plans and coordinating their implementation according to project timelines and goals. This position will require limited travel. This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Social Policy and Practice

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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