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SP2 Faculty Research Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 16, 2024

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SP2 Faculty Research Coordinator

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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

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.

Posted Job Title
SP2 Faculty Research Coordinator

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator

Job Description Summary
This is a newly created position to be placed under the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). This position is to help the school grow its external funding by assisting faculty in the submission of training and research grants and ensuring that faculty are aware of relevant grant opportunities in a timely manner. Tasks may include obtaining letters of support, collecting data, editing, conducting literature reviews and managing citations, completing IRB forms and training, supporting, and assisting student workers to learn computer packages and obtain research ethics certification.

The Research Coordinator will routinely work on multiple projects simultaneously, covering a range of areas under, the direction of various SP2 faculty members. They will be responsible for gathering essential information and materials required for and in the completion of forms and administrative portions of grant submissions, particularly, federal grants. The Research Coordinator will utilize their understanding of research ethics and experience with grant submission to assist SP2 faculty with the process. The individual needs knowledge and experience with a range of research methods, including familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data analysis and survey software and basic statistics and excellent writing skills. This person needs critical assessment skills to manage, develop and independently accomplish a variety of tasks and for a diversity of projects. In addition, this individual will train and supervise 2-3 student workers.

* All SP2 staff are required to participate in convocation and graduation ceremonies as needed.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
  • Coordinate effort and assist faculty by completing forms for grant submissions, particularly for NIH grants including facility and enrollment forms, subcontracts.
  • Develop procedures, provide support and obtain materials and seek information needed for grant submissions, and preparation of documents to sponsors and university committees for multiple faculty members. May entail obtaining data such as census or governmental reports through internet and library searches for supporting information.
  • Be a major contributor to support faculty by conducting literature reviews, subject recruitment, collecting data, data analysis, editing, collating, and collecting essential forms, letters, for faculty in manuscript and grant submissions.
  • Attend and assist in meetings with PIs, faculty and research team as needed. Essential tasks for these meetings will include organizing and scheduling meetings, compiling minutes, and understanding and conduct meeting tasks as required in a larger context of study.
  • Supervision of student workers to assist with literature reviews, data collection and obtaining their IRB training for certification to conduct data collection. Will generally not supervise more than 3 students at a given point in time.
  • Works independently and collaboratively with numerous university offices and external organizations to access information for completion of tasks to be accomplished
  • Perform additional duties as assigned, including participating in convocation and graduation ceremonies as needed.

  • Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of experience is required. MSW and 2-3 of experience is preferred. Some knowledge of and experience with federal grants is important. Strong writing skills, ability to multi-task, excellent communicator, highly organized, able to manage up, and collaborative ability to work with a diversity of faculty. Knowledge and experience of a diversity of data collection methods, including familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, basic statistics and survey software.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Social Policy and Practice

Pay Range
$37,220.00 - $55,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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