Project Coordinator

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Ctr for Social Devel & Ed
Pay Grade: 30
Categories: Administrative & Office Support, Administrative/Office Support, Other Staff Positions, Professional Staff Union (PSU), Program Administration

General Summary: 

The Project Coordinator within the Center for Social Development and Education ( will manage and organize the daily operations of several research and evaluation projects that address social inclusion, social-emotional learning, and inclusivity in middle and high school students with and without disabilities. These are large-scale, national projects involving multiple sites and multiple stakeholders.

Under the supervision of the Director of Program Evaluation, and as part of various research/evaluation projects, the Project Coordinator for Social and Emotional Learning will be responsible for scheduling and coordinating daily project activities; assisting in data collection, entry, and maintenance; performing data analysis and interpreting results; writing reports and papers summarizing study findings and presenting findings to various audiences. The Project Coordinator will serve as the liaison with collaborating agencies and participating sites; will assist the Principal Investigator(s) in the training, supervision, and evaluation of support personnel; and is actively involved in the development of journal articles, book chapters, special reports, and summary reports for funding agencies/organizations, conference proposals and presentations, and grant proposals.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of ongoing research/evaluation projects, including correspondence, scheduling activities; oversee and coordinate the work performed by Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants assigned to provide the daily research and evaluation support surrounding the projects; with the Director of Program Evaluation, oversee resource allocation and workloads to move the various projects forward;
  • Drawing on theories, frameworks, concepts, and the literature on youth development, social-emotional learning, and/or disability, assist in designing studies and research methods protocols for the various projects, including new grant proposals;
  • Oversee site visits/observations at schools, as well as student and teacher interviews and online surveys of students, teachers, and program staff; oversee the development of survey materials, interview protocols or observation checklists; track and monitor evaluation activities; monitor data collection and assist in report writing;
  • Oversee the data management system established for the collection, coding and analyzing of quantitative and qualitative data within and across participating schools, programs, and sites;
  • Assist in the development and validation of a measure of inclusive mindset. Including the review of existing measures in the field across topics (e.g. empathy, cognitive perspective taking, values and beliefs, attitudes and perceptions, etc., iterative development of questions/items to measure these topics and piloting the measures through a survey- based approach with middle and high school students.
  • Assist in the development of a professional development training program for teachers to teach them about social and emotional learning and understand its value in the context of inclusive programming for students with and without disabilities.
  • As needed, work closely with the Center for Survey Research (CSR) in the development of survey instruments and interview protocols; monitor the subcontracts with the CSR;
  • Responsible for the creation and submission of the final research/evaluation reports submitted to funding agencies/organizations, including the Department of Education, based on the requirements of the grants/contracts; assist in the preparation of other written materials, such as manuscripts, conference proposals, etc.;
  • Maintain correspondence with pertinent stakeholders in the projects, including local-, state-, and national-level constituents, especially school personnel and program directors;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Master’s Degree in Psychology, Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year of experience coordinating and/or managing projects in a non-laboratory setting is required. A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the fields above and 3+ years of coordination/management experience can be substituted for the above required educational and work experience.

Experience conducting research and/or program evaluation, preferably within the education system, is required. Experience overseeing the work of others is required. Data analysis experience (qualitative and quantitative) and experience with using analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, NVivo, Atlas.ti) is required. Prior publishing experience and/or presentation experience at a regional/national conference, is required. The incumbent will be required to travel, both locally and nationally. International travel may also be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Knowledge of issues surrounding social inclusion of students with disabilities and youth programming, is preferred.
    • Knowledge of social and emotional learning, positive youth development, or other frameworks for understanding youth’s inter and intra-personal development, is preferred.
    • Knowledge of and ability to collect data through telephone and/or in-person interviews.
    • Knowledge of scale development or measurement design is preferred.
    • Experience conducting survey research, especially in schools, is preferred.
    • Experience with fieldwork or data collected through observation is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of and ability to monitor large-scale data collection and databases;
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks;
    • Ability to write educational reports involving research and evaluation data;
    • Ability to work on a research/evaluation team to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills;
    • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with both internal and external partners
    • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail;
    • Strong commitment to customer service.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

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