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University of Rochester Managing Director of Data & Science in Rochester, New York

Children's Institute

The Children’s Institute (CI) is searching for a full-time non-tenure eligible research associate to be responsible for novel science and evaluation initiatives while serving as a Managing Director of Data and Science, with a preferred start date of Spring 2021.

Under general direction and with substantial latitude for exercising independent judgment while reporting directly to the Executive Director, this position serves as a scientific and administrative lead of a cross-cutting functional area of the agency. This role will direct strategic development and implementation of Children Institute’s (CI) suite of research and evaluation capacities, tools, technologies, programs, and staff aligned with the agency’s mission, vision and values focused on promoting children’s complete wellbeing. They will promote scholarship employing a variety of scientific methods and approaches – and in a variety of scientific team contexts including collaborative multidisciplinary, cross-sector and agency teams. They will apply ethical and community development principles including community-based participatory research. They will advance scholarship in a variety of topics related to equity in child development including youth and emerging adult development, school readiness/early success, and holistic health broadly defined to include social and emotional wellbeing.

The specific duties and responsibilities of the renewable one-year appointment will be determined with input, however, expected duties will include to:

  • Incubate and direct new research activities and program evaluation including supervising projects, budgets, and deliverable completion for contracting agencies/individuals.
  • Lead research design and carry out operations to further develop tools, measurement and data collection, analytic approaches, interventions, system change, implementation and dissemination; prepare, review, and approve reports to funding agencies and executive director as requested.
  • Lead research operations by developing and controlling multiple projects and operations through collaborative as well as administrative/fiscal/budgetary and professional development processes. Assist with establishing guidelines for distribution of expenses; controls expenditures for projects. Liaison with leadership regarding personnel and resource utilization decision-making for the agency. Develop and monitor area and project operating budgets while improving financial, personnel, planning and administrative aspects of research. Establish goals and operating procedures, practices, and guidelines including advancing diversity, inclusion and equity. Promote research innovation including through technology integration (e.g., deep learning methods).
  • Select and supervise faculty, area staff, and students/interns – while providing for training, professional development and performance evaluation in principal investigator, data management and analytics, project management, coordinator, and support staff roles that advance research and evaluation. Mentor and counsel faculty, staff, and students/interns; take action on matters of discipline, promotion, compensation, and other related matters. Track grant metrics.
  • Participate in overall agency key decisions, strategic planning and other requirements and key decisions with leadership. Do so while working closely with community partners, departments/universities, PIs and data scientists to define high-level research priorities with alignment to current and future projects and initiatives (internal and external).
  • Provide exemplary leadership in ensuring progress towards a more diverse and inclusive organization, consistent with Mission, Values and Objectives.
  • Lead and/or assists principal investigators, program directors and project staff with preparation of proposals for project funding and grants. Mentor staff as needed to enable individual growth and preparation for increasingly critical assignments.
  • Provide information to executive director and board of directors as requested. Advise and ensure compliance on data privacy and other research and agency policy matters including compliance of research activities with federal government and university policies.
  • Author and publish original peer-reviewed research related to the success of children, children’s integrated services/systems and associated factors (e.g., risk and protective factors), e.g., with social or emotional difficulties. Liaison with Communications and embeds in dissemination and knowledge transfer processes including advancing sharing of knowledge gleaned in culturally responsive and product-sharing formats.


  • College or university degree in related field at the level of a doctorate or terminal professional degree in field related to children’s success (e.g., PhD in developmental psychology, public health, economics, sociology, MD, etc.).
  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5+ years of work experience in a related job discipline, course work or experience in appropriate field related to assigned responsibilities, with a minimum of two years in a managerial and leadership role or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred: Expert or distinguished researcher at an Associate Professor, Professor or equivalent at the college level. Community-based research and multisite research, coordinating across many partners. Experience with applied research methodologies, particularly in healthcare, education and community entity settings. Experience in building research partnerships and securing necessary approvals. Strong management experience, operational skills; experienced leader of change management. Experience procuring, mentoring and reviewing federal and other national in scope scientific proposals resulting in peer-reviewed research.

Application requires upload of CV and cover letter within on-line application.

Information regarding Children’s Institute, an affiliate with the University of Rochester, may be found at:

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

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