Associate Director, CTY Research, Center for Talented Youth

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Aug 20, 2021
Full time Education: (i.e. Schools/Colleges of Education) Medicine & Dentistry Psychology Grants, Sponsored Programs, Research Other Administrative Positions

Job Description


Associate Director, CTY Research
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today's brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We are looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY's diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve. In return, we offer employees the opportunity to be part of the Johns Hopkins community and to take advantage of our generous benefits package, which includes affordable health-care options and tuition assistance for employees and their families.

We are seeking an Associate Director of Research (AD-R) who is responsible for managing a research laboratory in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and education. Specifically, this role will manage research projects around the themes of the CTY research lab. The AD-R will lead a collaborative research team in conducting evidence based research inclusive of various assessments and educational strategies aimed to assess the potential and abilities of gifted and talented children and youth from historically underserved populations. Interest and ability to contribute to the development of new research projects and passion for improving the experience of gifted and talented youth from all communities and in all demographics are essential. This role will provide management to a team of full-time and casual part-time research staff to facilitate data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the administrative and scientific implementation of research protocols for CTY research studies. Will collaborate with faculty, develop protocols, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and supervise all study-related activities.
  • Supervise staff in the CTY lab including full-time staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and casual part-time staff.
  • Manage research staff members (recruitment, performance appraisal, feedback, discipline concerns, separations).
  • Responsible for the management of research projects including regulatory submissions and other compliance requirements (IRB submissions, etc.)
  • Provide support and guidance to research group and assist Principal Investigators in submitting grant applications, IRB applications, and progress reports
  • Develop and oversee an accurate, current, and secure database for storing data from both active and archived research studies.
  • Oversee training and supervision of staff and/or students for data collection and fieldwork activities and provide general lab management support.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to operate independently, with guidance provided by CTY and Research Department leadership.
  • Develop, Organize and Participate in research presentations; draft and edit research reports and manuscripts for scientific peer review publication.
  • Participate in meetings with local schools and other community-based organizations including providing research presentations to stakeholders (educators, parents, district representatives).
  • Lead efforts to provide training to educators in partnering programs consistent with defined research protocols, etc.
  • Manage and update a literature review on gifted education as it relates to the themes and projects of the CTY research lab with a focus on underserved populations as well as topics raised within the broader CTY community.
  • Identify and build relationships with faculty and staff at CTY, JHU, and external partners who are working on similar or related projects.
  • Project management. (Monitoring progress, scheduling of work and meetings, documenting the project's development, etc.)
  • Responsible for assembling project plans, team and work assignments, directing and monitoring work efforts on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality review, and escalating functional, quality and timeline issues appropriately
  • Be involved in scientific discussions with collaborators, PIs, and funding organizations, and make recommendations about decisions about trial conduct and troubleshooting.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervision of CTY Lab Coordinator(s) as well provide supervision and direction to part-time casual lab staff, postdocs, grad students, and project-based casuals (programmers, material writers, designers, etc.).

Financial Responsibility:

  • Will oversee lab purchasing, manage travel budgets, and do initial preparation of grant budgets to submit to budget specialists for proposals.
  • Needs on specific sponsored projects will vary, but this role will work directly with finance to help maintain budgets on some of the key projects.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelors degree required. Advanced degree in Education, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology or related discipline strongly preferred. Additional education may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • At least of five years related experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately obtain, present and report evidence based outcomes.
  • Experience with quantitative research methods; familiarity with qualitative methods.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work with a wide variety of audiences including minors.
  • Experience presenting to multiple audiences with ability to synthesize and interpret both narrative and numerical data.
  • Excellent written communication.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Education, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology or related discipline is preferred.
  • Doctoral level degree is strongly preferred.
  • Some experience working in an academic setting is preferred.
  • Familiarity and experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals is preferred.
  • Excellent grantsmanship and presentation skills are highly desired.

Technical Qualifications/Specialized Certification:

  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office and familiarity with advanced statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, or R).

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to read, understand, and synthesize research.
  • Ability to effectively manage complex projects and coordinate large groups.
  • Some knowledge of gifted education, with working knowledge of challenges in educational equity and under-represented populations is preferred.

Internal/External Contacts:

  • The successful candidate will be required to work with members of the CTY staff and JHU faculty and staff throughout the university working on related projects and issues.
  • There will also be extensive contact with the external school communities including students, parents, teachers, and administrators from the individual school level up through and including system-wide offices, depending on the research study.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse pad and other office machinery
  • The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly via telephone and face to face with internal and external customers and must be able to exchange accurate and timely information in these settings
  • Position also requires a degree of mobility common to working in an office environment; bending, kneeling or standing during events and presentations may be required.

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US, and must either live in the US or another area in which JHU has a business entity.
  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid schedule, up to two days remote per week.

Application Details

JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Classified Title: Research Program Manager
Working Title: Associate Director of Research
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD
Starting Salary Range: $52,495 - $72,210 annually
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Mount Washington Campus
Department name: Research
Personnel area: Academic Centers

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