The Center for Integrative Leadership at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota is hiring for one social scientist to study the factors contributing to effective shared leadership. The position is funded in part by a grand challenge research grant from the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research.
Appointment to this position is for a minimum of one year, non-tenure earning, and may be renewable based on funding as well as performance. Compensation will commensurate with experience and education.
Research Associate Activities and Responsibilities:
The Research Associate will join the team in the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL), a cross-disciplinary center spanning the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Carlson School of Management, the School of Public Health, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Law School. CIL aims to answer these questions: How do we come together to make an impact on complicated and important issues that require diverse contributions, broad-based participation and a shared agenda for change? How can we in Minnesota, with our traditions of government, business and philanthropic participation in civic life and concern for the public good, learn from and contribute to this work? What actionable lessons about good practices and models - can be learned from the different shared leadership initiatives around us?
The Research Associate’s work will focus on designing, implementing, coordinating, and communicating the results of research for the Shared Leadership Lab. This project, funded by a Grand Challenges Research award, focuses on the study of and learning from varied shared leadership initiatives about what makes such initiatives succeed or fail at their identified goals. The case studies will include an intentionally broad spectrum of settings, including cross-sectoral initiatives, hybrid organizations, community stakeholder processes, university-community partnerships, and interdisciplinary grand challenge research teams. This work is inherently interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral, requiring a researcher with attention to processes, practices, and group dynamics and an established ability to work with people operating from different vantage points. This person will work on various research tasks associated with shared leadership research, providing analytical and technical skills to integrate research questions, data collection, and theory development across multiple project sites. They should be a seasoned professional who feels confident working with faculty scholars and audiences outside of academia, including but not limited to, for-profit or non-profit organizations, and local and state government.
35% Research design and literature reviews.
Work with research and evaluation teams on related review of relevant literature and on design of data collection instruments. As a member of CIL Shared Leadership Lab team (involving Faculty, graduate students, staff), work to assure appropriate design of research and evaluation projects. Evaluate, suggest alternate methods, or modify or develop new procedures to aid in the investigation of the total research problem.
35% Data collection and analysis.
Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, including integration of multiple datasets. Assist program managers and faculty in analyzing survey and administrative data through appropriate descriptive and predictive statistical methods, and interview and focus-group data through appropriate matrix and other coding. Provide support to ongoing program evaluations or reporting to the UMN Office of the Vice President for Research as needed.
15% Writing and communication of findings to broad audiences, through mediums including but not limited to scholarly publications, research briefs, blog posts, website or social media, conference presentations or posters.
Create usable interfaces for non-technical audiences using tools like Tableau, Excel charts, etc. Assure integrity of information. Create tools, such as data dashboards, to support professional learning networks.
15% Project management.
Participate in managing graduate research assistants, grant writing, and budgeting in cooperation with the Center for Integrative Leadership’s Executive Director and Program Manager.