Project Manager for a Research-Based Anti-Bullying Intervention Program in New Jersey Middle Schools
We are hiring project managers for an innovative anti-bullying intervention research project based in the Psychology Department at Princeton University. The intervention project is designed to test research insights on peer influence and social networks, and will be conducted in New Jersey middle schools.
Project managers will work on a creative and high-energy research team led by faculty member Betsy Levy Paluck and postdoctoral associate Hana Shepherd, and will work with New Jersey students, teachers, and school administrators. Project managers will make important contributions to research-based solutions to the problem of peer bullying and harassment.
Each project manager will be responsible for administering all aspects of the intervention in several schools. During the school year, project managers will be responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations of the research project, which will involve extensive interaction with teachers and administrators in the schools to schedule meetings and survey administration, and with the university researchers to discuss ongoing feedback and observations. The intervention that project managers will administer will involve meeting once or twice monthly to lead discussions and activities with a select group of students in each middle school. Project managers will also be responsible for coordinating the administration of surveys to all students at each school three times during the year, and working with teachers and administrators to collect and organize information about each school.
The position is ideal for candidates who are enthusiastic about working with adolescents, conducting research, and learning more about the combination of research and practical and policy interventions. Project managers will acquire experience working with a school district and working with innovative university research. Ideal candidates are those interested in gaining experience in secondary education or intervention-based approaches to social problems, or pursuing a higher degree in social science, public policy, education, or program evaluation.
· Helping researchers design activities for monthly meetings with middle school students
· Leading monthly meetings with selected students at each middle school
· Assisting with the administration of surveys of all students and teachers in each school
· Maintaining constant contact with teachers and administrators in each school regarding school events and logistics
· Maintaining constant contact with the two faculty members running the project
· Monitoring online content about bullying and harassment for each school
· Entering and managing data about the schools
· Collecting and managing records throughout the year for each school
· Organizing periodic events for select students throughout the year
Required Qualifications and Skills:
· Bachelors degree in social science (e.g., economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, or political science), education, or a related field
· Experience with and enthusiasm for working with middle or high school students
· Creativity and innovative thinking
· Excellent written and oral communication skills
· Excellent attention to detail, record-keeping, and organization
· Access to a car and ability to drive
· Must pass a background check
Desired (not required) experience and skills include:
· Experience with social science research and/or project management
· Familiarity with conducting interviews or focus groups
· Experience coordinating schedules and conducting meetings with administrators
· Familiarity with social media
· Experience working with racially and culturally diverse students
· Spanish language
The position has a flexible start date; it will run either from June 2012 through June 2013 or from August 2012 to June 2013. Compensation is standard for university research assistants and benefits are included. The official job title will be Research Specialist for Princeton University.
To apply, please send a cover letter expressing your interest, highlighting relevant skills, and explaining why you are a good fit for this position given the requirements, and a resume including the contact information for two references to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading “Project Manager.” We will then send you a case study as an opportunity to demonstrate creativity and innovation after receiving your initial materials. All short list candidates will be interviewed.