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Harvard University Research Project Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54315BRAuto req ID:54315BRJob Code:405022 Res Hum/Soc Sci (N) Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Project ManagerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :056Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required

  • 3+ years of related work experience required

  • Experience engaging with community partners on program implementation required

  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews required

  • Knowledge of applicable research methods (e.g. needs assessment, qualitative research) and experience using qualitative analysis software independently required

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master's Degree in Public Health preferred

  • Experience engaging with community partners in Boston and Massachusetts, and on health or social services research-related programs, preferred

  • Experience managing subcontracts and vendors, submitting and amending IRB protocols, NVivo software, Trello, Zoom meeting management preferred

    Experience working independently and proactively, as well as working with and supporting a multi-disciplinary team; experience displaying flexibility, multi-tasking, and working in a fast-paced and challenging environment; strong interpersonal skills including building working relationships at across levels, roles, and organizations; excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail preferred Additional Information: At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

    Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/mission/) and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/diversity/20-21-initiatives/) initiatives.


Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

    Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

Department:Social and Behavioral SciencesPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities: Additional project management responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead meetings and review, monitor and track progress on timelines for a complex series of cross-institute study activities including ensuring completion of grant deliverables, leading subcontracting/vendor communications, managing competing priorities, and working reciprocally with project staff and external partners

  • Oversight of complex qualitative data, evaluation metrics, databases, and project management software

  • Support budgetary decision-making

    Additional research, intervention, and dissemination responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead the organization, summarization, and analysis of qualitative data using NVivo software, excel spreadsheets, and word processing applications, and serving as the primary resource

  • Collaboratively co-develop outreach activities and educational materials with community partners and oversee implementation across multiple community sites

  • Oversee student research staff collecting and analyzing qualitative data and evaluation metrics

  • Participate in protocol and measure development

  • Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions and modifications

  • Draft research papers, progress reports, and articles for publication as well as present research findings to internal and external audiences.

    The Research Project Manager will also perform other duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with potential for extension based on continued project needs and funding availability.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a brief (<1 hour) community partner engagement skills assessment.

PLEASE NOTE: Some evening and weekend work may be required several times per month.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary: The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is seeking a Research Project Manager to support research and complex administrative activities of a newly funded one-year project.

The primary function of the Research Project Manager is to coordinate, conduct, and oversee a wide range of project tasks -- including interviews, process evaluation activities, and the development of a COVID-19 vaccine navigator program. The Research Project Manager will be responsible for facilitating communication and collaboration with personnel within and across institutions, most notably with staff at Massachusetts-based community based organizations delivering the vaccine navigation programming.

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