Research Project Manager

Posted on January 30, 2024
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Position Overview

The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP), a community-based research center affiliated with the University of Kansas, is seeking a Research Project Manager to work full-time to develop community service projects and amplify the community reach of the center’s research. The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to designing community outreach, dissemination, and marketing channels; developing materials and products for funders, practitioners, and policy makers; coordinating services derived from JGCP’s research including managing budgets and expenditures; collaborating with investigators and community partners to plan and host large events; performing a variety of administrative and facilities management tasks; grant and article writing; conducting evaluations and other types of assessments; and crafting impact and financial reports. The position is at JGCP, located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City building: 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City, KS 66101.

Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community.

This position will be a hybrid of primarily on-site work and minimal telework, as deemed by the supervisor.

Continuation is contingent upon funding and satisfactory annual evaluation. 

Job Description

30% Project Development: The project manager works closely with the JGCP directors and investigators to conceptualize, design, and develop multiple dissemination and implementation mechanisms (i.e., projects) that will amplify the reach and impact of the center’s research and service in local, regional, and international communities.

  • Develop dissemination and implementation materials, channels, services, products, and events
  • Develop budgets and a coordinated budget model 
  • Develop grant proposals and regulatory applications (e.g., ethics) 
  • Develop a manual of operations and other procedural guides
  • Develop marketing campaigns using state-of-the-art concepts and strategies
  • Develop plans for project evaluation and impact reporting

50% Project Coordination, Execution, Support and Evaluation: The project manager works closely with JGCP’s director, assistant director, and associate director to execute the new dissemination and implementation mechanisms.

  • Coordinate the dissemination of new materials, channels, services, and products using effective and innovative marketing concepts and strategies
  • Oversee the projects’ logistics such as scheduling, identifying space, curating resources, staffing, and purchasing
  • Review, track and maintain invoices
  • Support JGCP investigators when interacting with local, regional, and international partners
  • Provide training and technical assistance
  • Organize center and community events
  • Conduct and coordinate project evaluations and impact reporting
  • Oversee the center’s adherence to internal and external policies and regulations

15% Administrative and Facilities Management: The project manager will maintain the building and center space, as well as engage in administrative tasks, including overseeing tasks performed by others.

  • Manage internal and external communications
  • Supervise the distribution of US mail and campus mail
  • Oversee the maintenance of the building, including the center’s space, equipment, supplies, and facilities
  • Provide literature review, copy editing, proof reading, referencing, presenting, and formatting support to investigators
  • Assist with scheduling, purchasing, and financial transactions, as needed
  • Assist with grant management, as needed
  • Supervise miscellaneous finances (e.g., benevolent and auxiliary accounts)
  • Monitor the investigators’ regulatory requirements and needed trainings

5% Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree with two years related experience or a bachelor’s degree with six years related experience.
  2. Three years of work experience in higher education.
  3. Proficiency with Microsoft Office as demonstrated in application materials.
  4. Proficiency with software for remote meetings, such as Zoom and Teams as demonstrated in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree.
  2. Research experience. 
  3. Experience writing and editing. 
  4. Strong organizational skills with capacity for multitasking.
  5. Experience in business or finance.
  6. Experience in marketing or public relations.
  7. Experience developing new projects based on community need.
  8. Experience maintaining confidentiality regarding sensitive personnel issues.
  9. Skills in complex problem solving, including data-based decision making.
  10. Experience with working collaboratively with diverse individuals.

FTE: 1.0

SALARY: $57,060 – $85,590 annually, commensurate with education and experience.


REVIEW DATE: Review of applications will begin February 9, 2024, and continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

START DATE: February 19, 2024

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: For more information and to apply go to  Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume/vitae and current contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you see your particular skills set and prior experience contributing to the research at JGCP. Candidates who do not submit ALL of the above through the online system will not be considered. Please do not email application materials.

If you have questions about the position, you may email Dr. Spencer at   If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Diana Skill at

Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following persons has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and are the Title IX Coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, , Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses; Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).