Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This is a full-time temporary position with an expected duration of one year. Salary range for this position is $40k-$50k DOQ.
The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a temporary full-time Social Science Research Coordinator who has research experience to support programmatic administration and to coordinate interdisciplinary social science research projects including engagement with research collaborators within and outside of the academy. This position will be on the Knowledge Initiatives (KI) team, which leads the portfolio of interdisciplinary sustainability research and scholarly activity within IonE.
The KI team works on sustainability solutions focused on agri-food systems; energy transitions; climate mitigation and adaptation; responsible consumption, production, and investments; and sustainable, thriving communities. We use a range of interdisciplinary approaches -- decision support; stakeholder assessment and convening; systems analysis and modeling; and valuing nature -- to provide evidence to support decisions in these different sectors. Research experience in sustainability and/or environmental science in one or more natural or social science or engineering disciplines is a requirement to start in this position.
The position is located at IonE on the St. Paul, MN campus and the person will be expected to fully participate in IonE, including attending IonE events as well as developing working relationships with other IonE staff and external partners. This position could be set up to allow for a day or two of teleworking per week and thus the incumbent must be located within reasonable driving distance to campus.
Application review will be rolling until filled, with the first review on June 28, 2021. To apply, please submit a cover letter that describes your qualifications and includes a brief diversity statement, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 2 references (i.e., name, title, organization; URL to biographical sketch or similar; address, phone number, and email address; and relationship to the candidate). References would not be contacted until final candidates have been identified; candidates would be notified prior to contacting references.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
20% Research program administration and coordination
Provide logistical support for meetings, workshops, and events
Assist in the development and implementation of procedures and protocols for scheduling, project meetings, events, workshops, travel, paperwork processing to create efficiency and templates for the KI team
Onboard and welcome new KI staff or visiting researchers
Run ad hoc reports as requested by staff
Finance point of contact (POC) and support
Run UM Reports for the group and each of the programs to do regular reconciling and check the budget versus actual expenditures
Help with expense reports (Chrome River) and putting together other finance documents
20% Support of the Director for Research and KI
Coordinate a variety of sensitive and confidential issues with numerous parties, with a high level of discretion, judgment, and tact
Ensure the smooth operation of the Director’s communications, including prioritizing and organizing the Director’s email
Manage a substantial flow of information for the Director’s office with timely follow-up and resolution, ensuring information is accurate and meets University/unit standards
Work daily with the Director to keep her informed of upcoming commitments, including responsibilities, developing agendas, following up appropriately
Proactively plan, coordinate, and manage the Director’s schedule
55% Technical and Administrative Support for Proposals and Externally Funded Projects
Administrative support for funded research projects, including developing project timelines given proposal priorities and milestones
Preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) documentation for human subjects determinations
Technical support, such as providing survey or interview implementation and administration or conducting literature reviews
Keep project records organized and up-to-date, given existing team standards
Support grant reporting requirements, as requested and directed by your supervisor
Support grant-writing or project proposal coordination and preparation, as requested and directed by your supervisor
Other research support, as needed
Other duties as assigned
Seek professional development opportunities related to the position and in support of future career development goals
Participation in IonE community activities
Working with IonE administrative staff, as needed.
Working Conditions The majority of the work in this position is performed in a general office setting at IonE at the St. Paul Campus. The position may involve some rare travel for workshops, conferences, and meetings as dictated by individual projects.
BA/BS degree with at least two years of experience* or a combination of related education and work experience* to equal six years.
*Experience needs to include sustainability or environmental science research in one or more natural or social science or engineering disciplines (this is beyond research support or research administration)
*Experience must include having worked in collaboration with or coordinated biophysical or social scientists in the environmental field
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with competing deadlines
Demonstrated written communication skills and experience in composing and editing different kinds of scientific documents (e.g,. grants, research papers, reports, executive summaries, or policy memos, etc.) and the ability to send professional emails.
Demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently manage up and across an organization
Including proactive approaches to problem-solving and project organization
Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google suite of office tools, or equivalent.
Maintain a high-level of confidentiality
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and ability to work independently with little or no supervision
A requirement for this position is that you must be able to work at least three days per week on-site (UMN St. Paul campus) during critical business hours (Monday-Thursday 9 am - 4 pm)
Experience working with a team in research or program design and implementation, including formal program management coursework, training, and implementation
A minimum of two years of experience coordinating or administering natural/social science and/or environmental research programs and/or events.
Ability to successfully multitask and organize workflow; manage multiple projects and schedules; and handle frequent interruptions
Experience working at the University of Minnesota or in a similarly complex system
Experience in grant-writing or project proposal preparation support
Experience developing professional communications materials, public engagement, and/or outreach.
Research support experience with survey administration and human subjects data management, e.g., complex survey implementation via Qualtrics
Experience interacting with senior leaders from academia, government, NGOs, and the private sector
Internal Number: 341115
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