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Research Coordinator, PEEP

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 21, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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Research Coordinator, PEEP

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
Research Coordinator, PEEP

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator

Job Description Summary
The Philadelphia Economic Equity Project (PEEP) within the Center for Public Service and Policy is based at the School of Social Policy & Practice. This is a collective actionable research initiative led by the University of Pennsylvania, Johnson C. Smith University, and Columbia University.

PEEP provides important, timely, and ongoing evidence about poverty, hardship, and economic mobility in Philadelphia. PEEP's research design framework establishes a neighborhood-level data source using a multi-pronged, mixed methods research approach that is anchored in a longitudinal panel survey. Data collection in Philadelphia reflects the priorities of community partners, policy decision-makers, and researchers. This localized approach is responsive to the shifting nature of economic hardship and mobility, as well as attuned to the need for local responses to alleviate poverty and promote economic mobility.

The Research Coordinator will participate in all aspects of research design and development, data collection and research participant communications and coordination. They will work closely with other research coordinators to coordinate and organize PEEP research activities according to project timelines and goals. This includes supporting the design and implementation of data-collection plans, data collection and cleaning processes, protocol development, supervising research assistants and completing necessary follow-ups. They will be responsible for coordinating participant incentives processing and related communications. The Research Coordinator will also coordinate and schedule research interviews and other participant interactions ensuring that interactions with participants are positive and foster positive connections to PEEP studies.

We especially welcome applications from candidates with interests in social policy, urban issues, economic mobility and related interests.

Contingent upon continued funding.

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

**Candidates must submit a cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
  • Work closely with other research coordinators to coordinate and organize PEEP research activities according to project timelines and goals. This includes support of design of research data-collection plans, data collection, protocol development, and supervising research assistants
  • Assist research team members with all stages of research, including scheduling data-collection with external stakeholders, preparing materials for data collection, communicating with research sites, and completing necessary follow-ups
  • Assist Project Director with managing the IRB process. This may include drafting protocols, submitting applications, ensuring compliance with IRB protocols throughout the entire research process, and coordinating with IRBs external to Penn.
  • Organize and participate in research team meetings by identifying tasks that need to be completed, delegating tasks to research assistants where appropriate, tracking progress, and ensuring documentation of all data-collection activities.
  • Co-supervise student research assistants to ensure completion of research interviews, monitoring quality of qualitative and quantitative data; this includes training student research assistants and other part-time research assistants.
  • Support programming of survey tool (Voxco)
  • Manage research participant incentive process, including but not limited to: registration, activation, incentive deposits, monitoring incentive cards budget balance, and troubleshooting.
  • Coordinate and schedule research interviews and other participant interactions. Respond to participant inquiries, and support research participants' connections to PEEP research studies. This includes ensuring that interactions with participants are positive and at every level help participants feel connected to PEEP.
  • Support data cleaning, management and processing activities with guidance from PEEP data scientist.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned, including participation in convocation and graduation ceremonies as needed.

  • Bachelor's degree in any social science or related field, and 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Masters degree is preferred.

    Experience with and understanding of social science research processes is required. Experience with mixed method research studies that involves conducting primary quantitative and qualitative data-collection is preferred. Experience supervising research assistants, delegating tasks in socio-behavioral research environments, and developing IRB protocols is preferred. Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills are necessary. Must be able to work independently and take initiative to proactively plan, identify problems and develop solutions. Must have advanced proficiency in standard Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and be comfortable with learning and using new technologies. Intermediate to advanced experience with Qualtrics or similar survey and data collection platforms is preferred. Strong planning, and organizational skills required; experience with data collection in community-based settings preferred.

    Candidates must submit a cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

    Contingent upon continued funding.

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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