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Project Director

Division of Scholarship & Rsch

Project Director

  • 531579
  • Medical Center
  • Division of Scholarship & Rsch
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 6 2022
  • Grade 106
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $86,000 -$92,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) of studies, the Project Director will be the core member of a high-performing, fast-paced, productive and close-knit, but geographically diverse interdisciplinary research team in the Columbia University’s School of Nursing. The Project Director will be responsible for formulating and conducting research studies and analyses.


Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Managing and providing direction to the research implementation team, including recruiting both part-time and full-time staff, training, supervising, mentoring and conducting annual reviews.
  • Working with multiple investigators across different projects and departments within Columbia University as well as external institutions to develop interviews, monitor data collection, conduct data analysis and disseminate study findings.
  • Overseeing data entry, management and cleaning of survey data as well as other large existing national data sets.
  • Ensuring compliance with all federal and university requirements, including developing and submitting of Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, modifications and renewals.
  • Assisting the Principal Investigator in dissemination activities, grant and manuscript submissions.
  • In conjunction with the Grants Management Office, monitoring the study budget, including the flow of invoices and daily expenses.
  • Reviewing and synthesizing research literature & analytics.
  • Spearheading the development of manuscripts on study findings, study protocols, and/or relevant literature reviews.
  • Monitoring project developments, including proposing and implementing changes as needed.
  • Creating protocols, work plans, workflows for study activities to ensure all project activities are running according to schedule and within projections, and creating remediation plans to address financial shortfalls.
  • Guiding, training and managing the day-to-day activities of graduate student research assistants (GRAs) or part-time research assistants and study interviewers, including the development of new training materials where needed.
  • Working closing with the PI to develop a plan for next steps in research, including assisting with grant writing to ensure the team’s continued funding success and developing additional study questions to answer using the data collected from the study.
  • Working with the CUSON Finance and Grants Management teams to ensure consultants, such as Data and Safety Monitoring Board members, are paid on a timely basis.
  • Monitoring expenditures related to study participant incentives, including developing a tracking system.
  • Ensuring the timely submission of all reports to funding agencies.
  • Planning and leading weekly or semi-monthly study core team meetings.
  • Performing other related responsibilities and participating in special projects as assigned.

This role is expected to be funded for a period of up to five (5) years, but ongoing employment is contingent upon continued grant funding.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, psychology, or related field, or equivalent in education and experience, plus five (5) years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Nursing, Psychology or a related field.
  • Prior experience with conducting quantitative and qualitative research with a record of publications.

Other Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and be able to manage a large research team and set priorities while handling multiple projects.
  • Experience with IRB applications and reporting requirements.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office systems, including statistical software to analyze quantitative data, including SPSS and SAS.
  • Familiarity with HIPAA regulations and experience in managing a research project and conducting data analyses and survey research methods.
  • Experience supervising research assistants and coordinators.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) language skills will also be highly considered.

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