Research Coordinator

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Coordinator & Operational Support Specialist

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
This project will aid in the coordination of research activity of a team of co-ops, student research assistants, and TNS employees supporting GRI's research portfolio. The Research Coordinator will work with the Executive Director for Research and Associate Director for Research to monitor data collection, stakeholder engagement, and the production of resilience reports. To accomplish this, this team member will provide guidance to other researchers and assist in managing project timelines and deliverables. Additionally, the Research Coordinator will perform research responsibilities, as needed, to ensure the timely completion of project deliverables.

This position will also provide guidance and coordination to a team of Operational Support Liaisons. This team is working with FEMA Region 1 and the six New England states to enable the effective operations of recovery stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. These positions will be help to a team of other co-op students and TNS employees, each of whom will have responsibility for a New England state or Native American tribe. In addition to serving as a conduit between GRI and the regional recovery agencies, this position will work closely with the Operational Support team members to maintain situational awareness across the New England region and to share key findings and recommendations.

Specific Research Coordinator responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in the work planning and execution of on-going and future research projects to include overseeing and providing guidance to research assistants, monitoring progress towards project milestones, identifying potential project challenges and providing suggested solutions to Institute leadership.

  • Assisting with the day-to-day management of research projects, including providing training and guidance to research team members and working with the Associate Director for Research to distribute workload and assignments.

  • Assisting in the development of new research proposals, specifically, in drafting technical narratives and project timelines.

  • Conducting research, writing, and editing responsibilities to support the successful and timely completion of multiple, concurrent research projects.

    Specific Operational Support responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Executive Director and Associate Director for Research to coordinate the research activity of the six state's respective operational support team members to share lessons and themes across states.

  • Working with state agencies and GRI experts to identify critical issues affecting resilient economic recovery and identifying relevant stakeholders in order to convene calls, workshops, or working groups that enable the issues to be addressed holistically and rapidly.

  • Providing resilience expertise - either through direct engagement or facilitating engagement with GRI senior researchers - to recovery decision-makers.

  • Providing research support, operational assistance, and engagement coordination, as needed.

  • 2+ year work experience, especially in an externally facing/stakeholder management role (i.e. project management, consulting, etc.) strongly preferred;
  • Strong interest in community and economic resilience;
  • Background in public policy, economics, business strategy, or a similar field preferred;
  • Experience conducting interdisciplinary research required; experience conducting community resilience and economic development research strongly preferred;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience supporting stakeholder interviews in a research environment;
  • Strong note taking abilities and proofreading and editing skills;
  • Experience synthesizing large amounts of information into concise briefings or other written and oral presentations;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize deadlines in fast-paced office environment;
  • Ability to stay focused and excel with minimal supervision; and
  • High level of professionalism;
  • Microsoft Office skills - Experience with Outlook and OneNote strongly preferred.

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    Additional Information:
    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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