Research Programs Manager
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted in Education and Training

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The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a Research Program Manager for the Equity Center, reporting to the Director of Equitable Analysis.

The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the "Equity Center") is the University of Virginia's newest collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities' fundamental research mission, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

The Research Programs Manager has three fundamental roles, all of which require exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and the highest standards of integrity: (1) to actively contribute to and facilitate the research practice partnerships of the Equity Center, supporting engagement and collaboration between community partners and Equity Center researchers; (2) to participate in and manage action-oriented research efforts, helping to bridge community-driven questions with appropriate methods and processes; and (3) to support the research programs and research community through project management, communication of research insights, and technical assistance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Broadly support the research and administrative activities of The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the "Equity Center").

  • Collaboratively plan and fully participate in meetings with members of the relevant research teams, community advisory teams, and resident changemakers across multiple projects, helping to set agendas, synthesize knowledge and actions, contribute to collaborative understanding, and maintain community collaborations and trust.

  • Contribute to and track completion of deliverables and adherence to timelines for multiple research projects, identifying milestones and timelines across research projects, and learning and instituting necessary workflows.

  • Engage in research activities, including background research and literature reviews, data discovery and collection, and implementation of qualitative and quantitative analysis.

  • Collaborate with the Equity Center staff to communicate project progress, research deliverables, and related information, promoting dissemination to diverse audiences and through multiple channels.

  • Assist the Director of Equitable Analysis and the Director of Community Research to support account maintenance, reconciliation, and financial reporting for Equity Center Research projects.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned by the Equitable Analysis


  • Education: Bachelor's degree with at least two years of relevant experience required. Six years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.

  • Familiarity with collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.

  • Ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.

  • Ability to make sound decisions based on competing and complex information from multiple sources.

  • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.

  • Experience in budget management skills, and demonstrably sound professional judgment.

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education: Master's or terminal degree

  • Three years' experience preferred

  • Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and experience working with Charlottesville and Albemarle County organizations committed to redressing racial and socio-economic inequalities.

  • Knowledge of or interest in further developing research skills, particularly those that contribute to open and reproducible research practices and communication.

  • Familiarity with theory and research on the structural, historical, and/or policy foundations of racial and socioeconomic inequalities via past research, courses, work, or lived experience.

This is an exempt level, benefited position, and is restricted as it is dependent upon performance and funding.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $60,000-70,000, commensurate with education and experience.

Preference will be given to applications received by April 15, 2022, though the position is open until filled.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0033925. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. Complete an application online with the following documents:

1. Cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position, how your experience has prepared you and demonstrated experience working with underrepresented groups.

2. Resume

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

References will be completed via UVA's standardized process Skill Survey.A total of five references will be requested via Skill Survey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the position, please contact Michele Claibourn, For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Learn More About the Equity Center here:

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Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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