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Project Manager Research - Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Full-time in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 8/24/2018

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Job Description

General Summary

The Project Manager, Research will maintain the operation of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) including the supervision of support staff and technical staff.  In addition, the Project Manager coordinates the timing of activities necessary to bring overall projects to completion.  Assists with the development of program evaluation objectives, determines the appropriate program evaluation procedures to be utilized, selects the statistical analyses to be employed, oversees individual project progress, produces reports detailing results, and supervises data collectors.  Is responsible for the development, management and integrity of all project data.

The Project Manager, Research will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Project Manager, Research will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.


Principal Responsibilities



The Project Manager, Research - CROR:

  1. Coordinates the efforts of support, technical, data collection, and professional staff in completing projects.
  2. Coordinates dissemination of information/research projects developed by the CROR.
  3. Develops evaluation objectives.
  4. Plans the execution of evaluation activities.  Determines the appropriate evaluation methodology and statistical procedures to be utilized.
  5. Trains and supervises data collection through mail surveys, by telephone interviewers, through focus groups interviews, and through extraction of clinical data and medical record information from various sources.
  6. Performs and interprets complex statistical analysis of resulting data in order to solve technical problems.
  7. Prepares technical reports and articles detailing evaluation results.  Co-authors publications explaining research projects.
  8. Provides technical assistance in solving personal computer function and operation problems.
  9. Reviews literature including rehabilitation outcome literature, medical literature, and various research publications in order to increase the understanding of the research objectives and to increase the knowledge of research methodologies.
  10. Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports directly to the Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research. 

Job Requirements

  1. Work requires a professional level of knowledge in a behavioral or social science equivalent to that which is acquired through the completion of a Bachelor's degree.  Master's degree preferred.
  2. Two to five years of professional management experience highly desirable.
  3. Interpersonal skills needed to effectively provide leadership with all levels of staff to maximize quality and efficiency of operations.
  4. Experience and understanding of knowledge translation and research dissemination methods (i.e., scientific writing, synthesizing research evidence into outputs that are usable by stakeholders) normally acquired through a postsecondary program and relevant experience.
  5. Experience managing websites and social media platforms for organizations or employers, and an understanding of how to use and measure these communication tools.
  6. Experience in meeting and conference planning.
  7. Ability to set priorities and manage a heavy workload.
  8. Ability to take initiative; work independently and accountably in a positive manner.
  9. Ability to adapt and respond to changing priorities.
  10. Thrives in a team environment. Ability to put the team before the self.
  11. Knowledge of, and experience with, mail and telephone survey research methodology and management.  Includes sampling techniques, survey design and development, and follow-up procedures.
  12. Knowledge of focus group methodology and experience conducting focus groups and analyzing results.
  13. A good working knowledge of program evaluation methodology and statistical analysis and procedures is highly desirable. Statistical skills should include knowledge of multivariate analysis techniques such as multiple analysis of variance, multiple regression, logistic regression and factor analysis.
  14. Minimum two years of experience interviewing (in-person and telephone) within a social/behavioral research setting or clinical setting.
  15. Ability to use Windows-based office and data analysis software and the ability to solve PC hardware and software problems.
  16. Experience with using statistical software (SPSS Stata); database software (Access); graphics software; spreadsheet software; and word processing software; and PC hardware. 
  17. Experience in database design and programming.
  18. A relatively high level of analytical ability is needed in order to solve complex technical problems.

Working Conditions

  1. Normal office environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


SRAlab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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