Research Project Manager

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Achievement & Assessment Inst

Position Overview

ATLAS, a research center at the University of Kansas, is seeking a research project manager to lead a variety of projects and to manage a small team of Research Project Coordinators supporting the test development team. ATLAS delivers a suite of high-quality online assessments throughout the state of Kansas as well as Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessments in more than 20 states. The test development team is comprised of assessment development professionals specializing in the academic domains: Mathematics, English language arts, science, and English language proficiency.

The research project manager will report to the ATLAS assistant director of test development. The RPM will lead projects and manage a team of support staff responsible for fact-checking assessment components and ancillary documents, coordinating vendor and copyright permissions contracts, and supporting a wide variety of research and test development projects.  A successful applicant should have experience in project management, process development, staff supervision and contract management. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings.

Job Description

60% Lead projects on the ATLAS test development team. Activities include

  • oversight of multiple workflow and development projects including planning, day-to-day operations, technical assistance, development of technical and process documentation, and refinement of development processes and products.
  • oversight of the creation of small-project requests for proposals and coordination of contracts with the business management team
  • coordination with content specialists on cyclical reviews of assessment components
  • collaboration on center-level, cross-team workflow management initiatives

30% Supervise research project coordinators. Activities include:

  • develop processes for the team of RPCs,
  • maintain awareness of activities on the test development teams to ensure cross-team support from project coordinators.

10% Collaborate with test development, psychometric, technology, and implementation teams on projects related to test development. Activities include:

  • providing formal and informal feedback on project plans,
  • planning for resource allocation
  • serving as an internal expert consultant for designing efficient processes

Position Requirements

Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, project management or related field and 1 year of professional experience in related field or bachelor’s degree in education, project management or related field and 4 years of professional experience in related field
  • At least 1 year of experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or a combination of both
  • At least 1 year of experience leading complex projects
  • At least 1 year supervising staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and interview

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years professional experience developing business processes and procedures.
  • At least 1 year experience drafting requests for proposals and/or contract language and coordinating contract execution.

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes online application, CV/resume, cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the required qualifications and includes specific examples of experience, and contact information for at least three professional references.

    Only complete applications will be considered.

    First review of applications will be February 3, 2021 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. To ensure consideration, apply prior to the application review date.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $57,060 - dependent on qualifications

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

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    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding

    Work Location Assignment



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