Vanderbilt University Research Coordinator (Human and Organizational Development) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Coordinator (Human and Organizational Development) (Job Number: 1900122)


The Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing is a five-year partnership between Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and the Oasis Center in Nashville, and is funded by a $5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice.

The study involves connecting multiple sources of data collected by each study partner. Student administrative and survey data, aggregated teacher survey data, and parent engagement data are collected by MNPS. Community assets and problems mapping data are collected by the Oasis Center. In addition to the MNPS and Oasis Center data, this study will bring in publicly available data related to neighborhood conditions including neighborhood economic structure, assets and resources, crime, and housing. These data will be used to explore the relative influence of student, school, and neighborhood characteristics on students' social, emotional and academic well-being over time. The study is based on a multi-cohort design tracking 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th grade students' data over three years. The resulting multi sector, multi-level dataset will provide data on 15,000 students in 144 schools in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. This longitudinal dataset will be archived by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

We are looking to hire a Research Coordinator to facilitate all aspects of the project, including coordinating with the school district to collect administrative and survey data, supporting project staff conducting youth community mapping groups, and preparing data for archiving with ICPSR.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate theresearch activities of a multi-disciplinary research team.

  • Arrangingmeetings and video conferencing, planning meeting agendas, and recordingmeeting notes.

  • Preparing andreviewing data collection and archiving plans, managing IRB applicationsand federal progress reports, and handling communications for the project.

  • Providing oversight on the research questions andobjectives set by each working group within the project. Project managerwould have the opportunity to explore his or her own research interests ifthey align with overarching the goals of the study.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Master’sdegree is required, Ph.D. is preferred in a relevant field(Social Sciences, Public Health, Social Work)

  • Experiencewith school-based or community data collection efforts is necessary.

  • Ability toconduct complex statistical analysis, analyze, interpret, and summarizedata to contribute to related project narratives and reports is necessary.

  • Experiencewith initiating research objectives, designing project timelines, anddeveloping research methodology is preferred.

  • Experience working with large longitudinaldatasets is preferred.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

AboutVanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitmentto Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 21230 - Human and Organizational Development

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

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