The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute (Institute) is hiring an Associate Director of Research who will also serve as the Director of Community Research Services (Director). The Director will serve as the day-to-day manager of the Institute research team and will manage ongoing tasks that enable the Institute to provide research with/for the Charlotte, North Carolina region, including evaluation services, neighborhood and regional indicator work, and other engaged and applied research efforts. The Director will also lead and advise research projects related to their own substantive, methodological, and analytic expertise.
Celebrating our 50th anniversary, the Institute is the primary applied research and public service arm of UNC Charlotte. We work to meet our community's research and technical support needs and we seek solutions to the social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the communities that surround us. We serve the Charlotte region, which includes the largest city in the Carolinas and the 14 surrounding counties. We are located on the main UNC Charlotte campus with additional flexible office space at the university's Center City campus, which is connected by light rail. The Associate Director, Research/Director, Community Research Services will join a dynamic, collegial, and entrepreneurial team. We seek a collaborative colleague with curiosity, extensive experience in community-engaged and applied research, the ability and desire to mentor junior researchers, and a drive to develop and maintain meaningful research relationships in the community. The Charlotte region is one of the most diverse regions in the Southeast and we welcome and encourage applicants that reflect that diversity, particularly racial and ethnic diversity.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Master's degree in the social sciences
A minimum of seven years of experience in social science research
Program/project management experience, including the development and oversight of project budgets
Grant Writing experience, preferably for research-related grants
Supervisory Experience, preferably mentoring novice and junior researchers
Experience in coordinating and managing social science research projects, data collection and management, statistical and qualitative analysis, and reporting
Strong organizational as well as oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Experience with large databases at the national, state and/or local levels
Experience in facilitating partnerships and meetings with community members, government officials and other stakeholders
Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision
Proficiency in SAS, SPSS, R, or STATA
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
Master's or PhD degree with 5 years of experience in social science research.
Program management experience.
Proficiency in SAS, SPSS, and/or STATA
Experience with GIS, survey development, and database software.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.