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Project Director

Company: University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: November 17, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Details

Posting Details

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Working Title
Project Director

Public Health-Epidem & Biostat

About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

College/Unit/Department website

Posting Type

Retirement Plan

Employment Type

Benefits Eligibility
Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time
Full Time

Work Schedule

Additional Schedule Information
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Advertised Salary
$37,068 - $53,000 based on qualifications and experience

Posting Date

Open until filled

Closing Date

Proposed Starting Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

Location of Vacancy
Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Information

Classification Title
Public Service Professional AD



Minimum Qualifications
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Public Health or other social science field.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with and participation in disseminating study results (e.g., scientific manuscripts).
  • Proficiency in REDCap data management system.
  • Experience collecting data from both children and adults, including biological data and quantitative data.
  • Experience with large-scale research studies, including participant retention.
  • Experience managing regulatory requirements related to human subjects research.
  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to take direction from multiple stakeholders, including community partners.
  • Data management skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in conducting community outreach, including engaging and following through with a wide variety of stakeholders.

    Position Summary
    Project Director to direct a multi-site longitudinal cohort study called Family Matters at the Georgia site. This research involves establishing and sustaining a local cohort of caregivers and their children age 8-14 (300 families). Families participate in on-line surveys, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), as well as in-person data collection at the UGA Center for Translational Research Unit where biological measures are collected (e.g., blood, hair samples, anthropometrics). The Project Director will play an integral role in overseeing the cohort study, including supervision of staff, managing the collection of data, and overseeing adherence to the study protocol and human subjects protections. While this person will work with a team, they will also be needed to work independently with guidance in more complex situations. The Project Director is responsible for engaging in regular communication with and between the multi-disciplinary team both at Georgia and at the Minnesota site.

    This is a limited-term, full time position. The project is funded through December 2026 and this position will report to the site Principal Investigator.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

    • At least 3 years of research experience and 2 years of professional experience or combination of related education and work experience to equal 8 years.
    • Background in a public health-related field.
    • Experience working with families and children.
    • Experience with RedCap or equivalent data management system.
    • Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and planning skills.
    • Ability to work independently, as a part of a team, and adapt to emerging priorities.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead projects, set and maintain deadlines, and prioritize assignments.
    • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
    • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

      Physical Demands
      Sitting for long periods of time.

      Is driving a responsibility of this position?

      Is this a Position of Trust?

      Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?

      Does this position require a P-Card?

      Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?

      Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?

      Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)

      Credit and P-Card policy
      Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the website.


      Data Management and Monitoring

      • Provide training to staff in data collection measures.
      • Supervise, and mentor research data assistants by setting priorities, developing procedures, assigning work, and maintaining schedules.
      • Develop and continuously update data collection materials and protocols.
      • Implement and enforce protocols to protect confidentiality of Human Subject data.
      • Maintain and update RedCap as well as eBinder regulatory databases and monitor to ensure data integrity and quality.
      • Perform quality checks on data and monitor all processes.
      • Maintain and manage all electronic and non-electronic data.

        Percentage of time

        Project Management and Communication

        • Ensure the overall project schedule and planning align the resources when and where needed to meet milestones.
        • Maintain and actively monitor cohort consort table.
        • Facilitate communication across a large multi-disciplinary team.
        • Manage and monitor study budget and needs, including contracts and invoicing with assistance of PI.
        • Establish and maintain partnerships with CTRU where in-person data collection will occur

          Percentage of time

          Research Participant Recruitment and Retention

          • Assisting Co-Is with deployment of the recruitment/retention strategy outside of Athens-Clarke county (e.g., with extension and community-based organizations).
          • Monitor budgetary expenditures related to recruitment and data collection activities.
          • Coordinate study incentives to participants using the Greenphire clincard system.
          • Implement a continuous improvement strategy to support participant retention plan to ensure minimal participant loss to follow up.
          • Refine protocols for participant tracking and locating hard-to-reach participants.
          • Ensure adequate staffing and scheduling to meet follow-up visit goals.

            Percentage of time

            Study Regulatory Requirements and Technical Expertise

            • REDCap database management.
            • Library resources, including tools for literature reviews and data repositories.
            • Assure that all IRB, NIH, and other pertinent regulations are adhered to, including training faculty and staff.
            • Assist in IRB submissions including updating consent forms, complete continuing reviews, and ongoing reporting documents as required.

              Percentage of time


              • Oversee the interviewing, hiring, training and evaluation of direct reports.
              • Partner with the site PI and the Department HR office on resolving complex employee relations issues as needed.

                Percentage of time

                Project Dissemination

                • Work with investigators to manage timely completion of project milestones during development and management of the project.
                • Manage and contribute to scholarly work, including the preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations. Work with a wide variety of community stakeholders to develop messages and communicate study findings.
                • Work with technical writers and graphic designers to translate research and findings into formats for a variety of non-academic audiences.
                • Contribute to the development and realization of the study dissemination goals.

                  Percentage of time

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