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Research Administrator

William James College
Job Location:
Newton, Massachusetts
Institutional Research and Planning

The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at William James College aims to bridge the needs of organizations, the profession, and the community by providing high quality education and training that prepare students to meet the demand for culturally competent behavioral health care across the nation. William James College (WJC) is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, and in the college’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. WJC endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities.

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Workforce Initiatives & Specialty Training, the Research Administrator will work jointly with the CWD staff and program evaluator to plan, develop, coordinate, and implement research projects with a focus on behavioral health workforce development. The Research Administrator will be responsible for the design, collection, and analysis of evaluative project data. They will assist with formulating research objectives, programs, and priorities; and carrying out funded research initiatives for the CWD. They will also be responsible for preparing progress reports and grant applications, writing scientific papers and publications, presenting research findings, and participating in other research-related activities, as required.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development, implementation, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the short- and long-term impacts of WJC’s workforce development initiatives.
  • Create tools to collect data through surveys, interviews, and focus groups.
  • Design, evaluate, and implement methods and protocols for research projects.
  • Perform data cleaning, data management, and data analysis.
  • Develop and maintain spreadsheets and databases to support project activities.
  • Maintain accurate records of program evaluation data and safeguard the confidentiality of research subjects.
  • Use creativity and knowledge to develop, enhance, and improve existing program evaluation methodologies, processes, and approaches.
  • Use statistical methods to analyze research and program evaluation data.
  • Conduct literature reviews to support research projects and proposals.
  • Prepare reports for submission to granting agencies and funders.
  • Prepare materials for Human Subjects Committee review.
  • Prepare proposals for new research-related activities, including assisting in the preparation of grant applications and contract proposals.
  • Write scientific articles and manuscripts for publication and presentation.
  • Present research results in meetings, seminars, conferences, and related settings.
  • Produce high-quality written reports for the public and other audiences.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive and productive relationships with students, staff, faculty, internal departments and programs, and external partner agencies.
  • Work as part of a team to develop and implement project plans and timelines and ensure that project deliverables are high-quality and completed on time.
  • Assist with various research projects, as requested, to ensure the CWD operates effectively and meets its goals and objectives.
  • Adhere to WJC’s data management and IRB policies and procedures.
  • Comply with all relevant state and federal policies and research guidelines.
  • Perform other related administrative duties, as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in a social sciences field, program evaluation, or educational research from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant research experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and multicultural competence in an educational, research, and work environment.
  • Ability to interact and work well with individuals from diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of data collection methodologies such as survey design, structured and open-ended interviews, focus groups, and observations.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research.
  • Familiarity with database management programs and statistical software such as SPSS and Qualtrics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.).
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to interpret and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to develop and follow research methodologies and protocols.
  • Ability to multi-task/manage several projects simultaneously, meet project deadlines, and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and confidentiality in all situations.
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects.
  • Ability to translate academic research into content for the public.
  • Ability to use editing and publishing tools effectively; and produce high-quality spreadsheets, reports, and other documents, as required.
  • Applicant must be able to assume employment in the U.S. without College sponsorship.

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Interested candidates should submit:

  1. A Cover Letter responding to the stated qualifications.
  2. A Résumé/Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A list of three professional references with complete contact information. (References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior permission.)

Materials should be submitted electronically to: Ms. Michelle Costa, Human Resources Recruiting Manager at

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