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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-25001
School Name School of Arts and Sciences
Org Positive Psychology Center
Posted to the Web 02/23/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 35.00
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9am-5pm
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The School of Arts and Sciences seeks a Research Manager to join an exciting new project on ‘The Humanities and Human Flourishing: A Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration for Understanding, Assessing, and Cultivating Well-Being.’ The aim of this three-year project is to identify and assess the mechanisms through which the humanities influence physical, psychological, and normative aspects of human flourishing. The project will be a collaborative effort among teams of scholars across a range of disciplines in the humanities, as well as social scientists who will use both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Our project team will consist of highly dedicated individuals bringing a unique set of strengths to the group to support the creation and application of new knowledge in the arts, humanities, and human flourishing.

The position is located in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Work at the Center focuses on the scientific study of the factors that enable individuals and communities to thrive, as well as on the broad dissemination and responsible application of this research.

The Research Manager will join a team of researchers investigating connections between well-being and the arts and humanities. This individual will have outstanding organizational and social skills and will manage the various research-oriented projects of the grant, including the development of a toolkit of measures for assessing the well-being effects of the arts and humanities, the preparation of a handbook bringing together relevant research, and the writing of research papers. Additionally, the Project Manager will write and upload content to the project website, recruit and supervise part-time student workers, write progress reports, and work closely with the Project Manager.

Duties include:
Take the lead in managing a series of research projects which will be undertaken by the Project Director, Project Co-Director and three Post-docs, and which will culminate in a toolkit of instruments for assessing the well-being effects of the humanities; write and submit IRB requests, liaise with research team, oversee participants, record and secure confidential data
Manage dozens of leading researchers in the creation of a handbook that will be written over the course of the grant, including editing and providing comments on the book chapters, establishing a timetable for deliverables, and providing support for and timely communication with each of the authors
Liaise with the publisher of the handbook, including writing book proposal, approving contracts, and preparing manuscripts for publication (making sure documents are in the correct style, checking references, creating an index, and the like)
Manage the writing of research papers, including editing and providing comments on drafts, establishing timelines, and providing support for and timely communication with each of the authors
Take notes to create written conference proceedings for a series of eleven conferences for leading scholars, and provide support for on-site conference logistics coordination, including liaising with visiting scholars, project team, and venue staff
Write and upload content to website; upload toolkit to website
Recruit, interview, hire, supervise, and mentor part-time student workers
Write progress reports to be submitted to funders, and write grant proposals to seek further funding
*Perform additional duties as assigned

Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled, with an expected start date in the Spring or Summer of 2017. Along with the online application, each applicant must include a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references.

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; preference for a background in the humanities, arts, or psychology
    * 1 to 2 years of experience in research management, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
    * Strong sense of mission, professionalism, and responsibility
    * Highly developed research management and organizing abilities, with a strict attention to detail
    * Able to plan, organize, and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
    * Able to manage research projects across multiple institutions
    * Proven ability to thrive under high pressures of time and workload
    * Independent thinker, resourceful, with a ‘can do’ attitude
    * Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
    * Excellent interpersonal skills, with a strong service-orientation
    * Self-motivated and able to work on a team and independently
    * Willing and able to work nights and weekends as needed
    * Willing and able to travel as needed for project activities
    * Strong computer skills required
Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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Posting Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Jobs@Penn
    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
    • Referred by a Penn Employee
    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
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    • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website
    • Diversity Association/Publication Website
    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
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    • Recruitment and/or staffing agency
  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Do you have a background in the humanities, arts, or psychology?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have 1 to 2 years of experience in research management?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a strong sense of mission, professionalism, and responsibility?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have experience working in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously with competing deadlines?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have experience managing research projects across multiple institutions?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you thrive under high pressures of time and workload?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you demonstrate customer service orientation, a high degree of professionalism, the ability to communicate effectively, and careful attention to detail?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Do you have the ability to work independently while functioning as part of a team?
    • yes
    • no
  13. * Do you have excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word?
    • Yes
    • No
  14. * Are you available to work evenings and weekends as necessary?
    • Yes
    • No
  15. * Are you able to travel occasionally, as necessary?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents