Research Project Manager 3

Job Description


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The Center for Childhood Obesity Research ( ) within the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, invites applications for a Research Project Manager to join our dynamic team. The overall mission of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research (CCOR) is to conduct interdisciplinary research that contributes to the evidence base needed to inform successful childhood obesity prevention programs that can then be disseminated to public health and clinical practice audiences. 


The successful candidate will oversee multiple experimental, observational, and longitudinal research studies and outreach activities for children and families, requiring strong project management and leadership experience.? 


Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Providing overall management and leadership of the Center’s multiple research and outreach projects 

  • Collaborating with the Center director on strategic planning and long-term goals of the Center 

  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with community organizations, outreach partners, and recruitment sites 

  • Overseeing the design, development, and coordination of study protocols, interventions, and data collection procedures 

  • Developing proposals, research plans, statements of work, budgets, standard operating procedures, and IRB applications  

  • Developing and maintaining appropriate compliance documents and reports as required by University and funding agencies  

  • Collaborating on grant proposals, manuscripts, reports, presentations, and other scientific deliverables 

  • Interacting with research/outreach participants, collecting data, and delivering interventions 

  • Hiring, training, and supervising research staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduate research assistants for successful execution and completion of projects  

  • Communicating and forming relationships with diverse stakeholders to understand project requirements, goals, and risks/barriers to project success ? 

  • Developing and implementing quality improvement practices and process 

Education and Experience:

This position typically requires a Master’s degree or higher plus 4 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Public Health, Biobehavioral Health, Nutrition, Psychology, Human Development, or a related field is required/preferred. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher-level jobs.   


Preferred experience includes: 

  • Proficient and comprehensive knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures related to this position 

  • Proven experience in successfully collaborating within diverse interdisciplinary social, behavioral, or health sciences teams 

  • Significant experience with research project management 

  • Experience with research regulatory agencies (e.g. IRB, NIH)   

  • Effective management of study teams 

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) 

  • Highly organized and ability to multi-task as projects are varied  

  • Meticulous attention to detail  

  • Ability to establish effective relationships with others 

  • High level of self-direction, motivation and personal accountability, and ability to identify and solve problems independently  

  • Use of diplomacy and effective decision-making to manage multiple competing priorities and perspectives 


Additional Information:

This position may occasionally require work on weekends and evenings. This is a limited-term position funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility for renewal.  


The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:? 

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check? 

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History-? 

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check?? 



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