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Director of Community Data and Research Lab - Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Community & Public Service

Summary: The full-time director of the Community Data and Research Lab (CDRL) oversees a staff of researchers, database experts and web developers to execute a portfolio of projects designed to promote access to data to inform practice. This position requires strong leadership and knowledge of community research and evaluation design, along with a vision of how data can contribute to community well-being. This position reports to the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Johnson Center) and is a member of the overall Johnson Center leadership team.

The director of CDRL is responsible for establishing an annual research agenda with partnership organizations and the Johnson Center; implementing this agenda on a rolling basis as new projects emerge; hiring, supervising, and managing staff of CDRL; raising revenue through contracts for service; working closely with outside funders and organizations regarding their applied research needs and the development of technology tools to assist them in their work; developing a clear vision to maintain and improve the appropriate technology infrastructure to support and sustain the work of CDRL; and negotiating data sharing and other contractual agreements for the Johnson Center with partners interested in advancing the work of CDRL.

The CDRL director represents the Johnson Center in the research community nationally, in Michigan, in West Michigan and within the University.

The Johnson Center is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Masters’ degree plus eight to ten years of experience in social/community-based research OR PhD with three to five years of experience in social/community-based research
  • Deep understanding of the role of data in community decision-making and policy
  • Supervisory experience with demonstrated commitment to staff development
  • Track record of successfully securing grants and research contracts 
  • Strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design and data analysis software
  • Basic understanding of database systems and web application development within the context of community information systems.
  • Basic understanding of the IT aspects of data and data governance
  • Demonstrated ability to work with local, regional and statewide philanthropic organizations and nonprofits
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a team atmosphere
  • Advanced interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • An understanding of, and interest in advocating for, both equity and data-driven decision-making

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Serving as a member of the Johnson Center leadership team to collaboratively develop and steward the Center’s programs and resources
  • Leading strategic, sustainability, and long-term planning for CDRL
  • Providing guidance for development of action plans for implementation of projects
  • Selecting, hiring, and supervising staff of CDRL
  • Developing and managing the CDRL budget toward program and Johnson Center self-sufficiency
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with key local, state, and national organizations including contracted services and data sharing agreements
  • Travelling as needed to carry out responsibilities (local and overnight travel)
  • Collaborating with other units within the Johnson Center and the greater university community 

Responsibilities – Non-Essential Functions:

  • Occasionally teaching and/or guest lecturing at GVSU
  • Teaching professional development workshops / classes

Salary: A full benefits package is offered. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Department/Division:  Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy/College of Community and Public Service 

Campus: Pew

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references.  Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview.  If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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