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The Human Rights Center (HRC) is an interdisciplinary research institution based at the University of California, Berkeley. For over twenty-five years, HRC has conducted research and investigations to improve accountability for human rights violations and promote the health and protection of survivors of violence. HRC has received multiple awards for its work, as well as the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Drawing on scientific methods from public health, political science, sociology, and other relevant fields, HRC brings interdisciplinary methodological expertise to research and evaluation design.
The Center's Health and Human Rights Program aims to improve the health of marginalized populations impacted by conflict, forced displacement, and violence. Using innovative methods and technical assistance, program staff design and implement applied research, partnering with leading local and international organizations to develop new tools, guidelines, and interventions. Currently, the program focuses on improving understanding of the health impacts of gender-based violence and exploitation on the lives of marginalized adolescents, both in the U.S. and internationally, to inform the design of youth-centered support services.
The UC Berkeley Human Rights Center is hiring a Research Manager for a ground-breaking research and evaluation project to support the development of a family-based foster care pilot project that will serve youth who have experienced or are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in San Francisco. Situated within the Health and Human Rights Program, this evaluation of the family-based foster care program is a mixed-method, longitudinal study that is being conducted in close partnership with city government agencies and nonprofit service providers in San Francisco.
The individual in this position will work under the supervision of the study's Principal Investigator to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the study and close and constructive coordination with the study partners. The ideal candidate will be someone who can undertake the lead administrative and operational role for this program of work, and who is also seeking to build their research skills and experience. We anticipate that approximately 60% of time will be spent on project management, administration and coordination, and 40% time will be spent on research-related activities.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 19, 2021.
UC Berkeley's job site will be down from: Friday, December 10 at Noon (PST) until Monday, December 13th at 8am (PST) , for system updates.
Research and Analysis:
Conducts complex research and analyses for the Family and Me (FAM) Project working directly with the Health and Human Rights Program Director.
Participates in the design and implementation of data collection procedures and protocols to ensure study goals are met efficiently and within study budgets.
Conducts outreach, study enrollment procedures, and semi-structured interviews with youth, foster caregivers, and / or service providers.
Codes and analyzes qualitative data sets.
Supports with analysis of survey data from youth and caregivers and secondary data sets from relevant government agencies (education, child welfare, and probation) to identify changes in outcomes for youth over time.
Provides detailed information about research activities completed and summarizes research findings and recommendations.
Drafts evaluation reports, articles, and project proposals.
Supports the recruitment and training of research team members by contributing to the development of training curriculum and delivering training sessions.
Conducts research to develop new project directions and proposals as needed.
Project Management and Coordination:
Oversees data management system for the FAM project including organizing, tracking, and documenting data collected from research participants and partner agencies. Manages secure data transfers and storage in compliance with study protocol.
Manages project calendar, schedules partner meetings, interviews with study participants, fieldwork, trainings and research-related activities to ensure timely implementation of the work plan
Supports project planning by developing detailed short and long-term work plans, and monitoring and tracking progress.
Develops other project management systems as needed
Supports public engagement strategy by drafting web-based communications, research briefs, and other project materials.
Facilitates communication and coordination between research team members, external project partners, and other stakeholders to coordinate, monitor, and document the implementation of research activities.
Participates in regular meetings with project partners to troubleshoot challenges, report on progress, and present evaluation findings.
Project Administration and Reporting:
Coordinates administrative, budgetary and logistical aspects of the study, including project scheduling, contracting, facilitating payments and reimbursements, procuring supplies, financial and narrative reporting, and other administrative coordination and reporting processes.
Assists in the recruitment, hiring, and orientation of graduate student researchers, independent contractors and other staffing as needed.
Project management experience and demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Excellent organizational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize, exercise initiative and sound judgement, while effectively executing multiple projects with competing deadlines and demanding time-frames
Knowledge and experience in qualitative research including the design and implementation of data collection protocols, effective interviewing techniques, data coding and analysis, and report preparation.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with different audiences, both verbally and in writing
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work respectfully and effectively with individuals from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality
Ability to travel regularly within San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area
Strong attention to detail
Strong computer skills and proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite, and video conference platforms;
Ability to learn new computer programs and system software
Project management experience
Experience managing budgets and financial and project reporting
Bachelors degree in related area (social welfare, public health, public policy, law, or sociology) and/or equivalent experience/training
Experience or training in qualitative research skills
General knowledge of and/or experience with commercial sexual exploitation preferred
General knowledge of and/or experience with foster care and/or the juvenile justice system preferred
Experience working with youth through program or research implementation preferred
Familiarity with survey and qualitative data analysis software preferred
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $74,650.00 - $82,000.00.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a one-year, full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) position, with the possibility for extension.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: