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Research Manager - Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy seeks to understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy in order to create strong, inclusive communities.

The Center is seeking a Research Manager to join an interdisciplinary team of social science and information technology professionals. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position with the center’s Community Data and Research Lab, located at our offices on the Pew Campus at GVSU, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements according to the GVSU remote work policy (see Salary and Benefits and ADA sections below).

As a Research Manager, you will focus on program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis, writing, and presentation support for applied research and evaluation projects. 

The Research Manager works collaboratively with research associates, data analysts, and web developers at the lab as well as staff across the Johnson Center. In addition, the Research Manager builds relationships with current and potential clients and engages in public speaking and facilitation at workshops, presentations, and conferences. Key to the position is maintaining the highest standards of research quality and ethics, including collaboration with the university’s Institutional Review Board. 

In addition, the Research Manager proposes research methodology (including alternative and equitable approaches to evaluation and participation), follows existing Johnson Center data protocols, suggests and implements improvements, and serves as an “evaluation ambassador” across the Johnson Center.

The Research Manager will regularly meet one-on-one with the Director of the Community Data and Research Lab, who will work closely with you and support you regarding project selection, client engagement, research, and final presentation. On-the-job training and professional development opportunities will be available. 

Primary Duties

  1. Leads team decision-making regarding study design, data collection, data analysis, and methodology
  2. Ultimately responsible for project management: manages multiple projects at one time, monitors project cost, meets project deadlines, and utilizes project management software
  3. Proactively learns new methodologies that are applicable to projects
  4. Ensures and ultimately accountable for the integrity of project data, including data extraction, storage, processing, manipulation, and analysis
  5. Guides data analysis plans and oversees data analyses (conducting analysis firsthand when needed) and ensures that interpretations/reporting of results are valid and add value for the client
  6. Public speaking or facilitation on research and evaluation design, data collection, and analysis at workshops, presentations, and conferences as well as with team members and other Johnson Center staff
  7. Builds relationships with clients to identify needs; designs and implements plans to meet client needs
  8. Report, grant, and proposal writing
  9. Budgeting and staff time management
  10. Potential supervision of staff, students, and/or interns.
  11. Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ph.D. with strong background in research, or Master’s degree with 3+ years of professional research experience
  • Demonstrated prior experience in program evaluation
  • Prior experience in client consulting and project management
  • Prior experience conducting community-based research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of multiple teams
  • Strong collaboration, interpersonal, and cultural responsiveness skills
  • Ph.D. in evaluation or related field (e.g., community psychology) (Preferred)
  • Experience with leading others and/or teaching (Preferred)
  • Advanced program evaluation skills (Preferred)
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills (Preferred)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

Salary: Salary for this position is approximately $54,800-$82,200 depending on experience. The Research Manager position is eligible for the GVSU AP benefits package including paid vacation and sick time, health insurance, and retirement plans. See more information at

Department/Division: Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence)

Campus: The Johnson Center is located on the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University. We are housed in the Bicycle Factory (BIK 200), which is close to Winter and Secchia Halls and the Seidman College of Business.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and writing sample of 5-15 pages such as a prior report or publication in which you were the sole or primary author. (An excerpt of a longer document is appropriate, as long as the selection starts at a chapter or section heading.)  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Please upload your writing sample in the Other Category. 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 need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin January 4th, 2022 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. 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, 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, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

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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