Principal Investigator / Project Manager

Confidential Company  •  Harker Heights, TX

5 - 7 years experience  •  Education

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/27/17 by Shellie Campos
Harker Heights, TX
5 - 7 years experience
Education
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/27/17 by Shellie Campos

I. Position Overview

The Military Child Education Coalition is recruiting a Principal Investigator/Project Manager (PI/PM) to develop a deeper understanding of the barriers to timely post-secondary graduation and to determine resources needed to navigate academic junctures with long-lasting impact on post-secondary academic success.

The Principal Investigator/Project Manager (PI/PM) has primary responsibility for achieving the technical success of the project, while also complying with the financial and administrative policies and regulations associated with the USAA grant award. The ultimate responsibility for the management of the sponsored project award rests with the (PI/PM).

This position reports to the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. This position is full-time and funded by 100% external USAA Grant funds.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Management/Administrative:

  • The Principal Investigator/Project Manager (PI/PM) is responsible for the programmatic management of the USAA grant and conducts the project activities to meet project goals and objectives while adhering to MCEC guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Managing the resources of the project.
  • The PI/PM is responsible for the financial management of the grant.
  • Carry out the project's financial plan as presented in the funded proposal, or make changes to the plan following a prescribed set of policies and procedures.
  • Maintain an accurate record of project related expenses.
  • The PI/PM has the responsibility to ensure the USAA grant is executed within the stated budget.
  • The PI/PM ensures all project expenditures are directly related to the project and necessary to meet the project goals and objectives.
  • Planning and controlling the work of the project.
  • Execute the project as outlined in the funded proposal, using sound management techniques.  Develop and execute a project plan.
  • Report project progress to the sponsor as outlined in the terms of award.
  • Comply with all MCEC policies and procedures related to project management.
  • Communicating with individuals and groups about the project.
  • The PI/PM has the responsibility to submit all grant deliverables and reports required by the grant on a timely basis.
  • Comply with all applicable sponsor rules, regulations and/or terms and conditions of the award.

Research:

  • The Principal Investigator/Project Manager (PI/PM) is responsible for all research aspects of the USAA grant and conducts research activities to meet project goals and objectives while adhering to MCEC guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Lead, and collaborate with others, both within and outside the MCEC coalition, to meet USAA grant objectives.
  • Establish a diverse working group of subject-matter experts, stakeholders, and USAA skills-based volunteers.
  • Conduct a comprehensive literature review.
  • Collect data (such as extant data comparing state graduation plans and requirements, student and parent interviews and surveys).
  • Identify currently available parent resources.
  • Identify the decision gateways, or key decisions and requirements, students and families must navigate between sixth grade and the end of the first year of post-secondary education (e.g., encouraging 8th graders to take the ACT EXPLORE test and register for 9th grade classes that will keep him/her on track for college).
  • Identify the information required to enable parents to make the best decisions for their children as they encounter each gateway.
  • Identify, annotate and promulgate the information and resources currently available to parents as a primary grant deliverable.
  • Identify the currently unavailable information and resources to parents.
  • Identify the obstacles/barriers students encounter at each gateway (e.g., financial planning with high school students, such as scholarships, grants, and loan options)
  • Identify the conditions highly mobile populations encounter, in particular military and veteran-connected students (e.g., school transitions; students assuming some caretaking responsibilities for a parent who is ill, injured, or wounded; parent(s) or sibling who is deployed).
  • Describe the “norm” for students between sixth grader and college (e.g., % of college freshman who take remedial courses and change majors).
  • Develop awareness campaign partnering with USAA skills-based volunteers.
  • Collect parent feedback on annotated military and veteran parent guide.
  • Prepare research report of data collection and discovery efforts that support Phase II Design of broader MCEC effort.   The second phase of the project will leverage the Phase I working group collaboration and knowledge gained from the literature and data collection to design a prototype of the comprehensive parent resource that will guide parents who have children ranging in age between sixth grade and young adulthood.
  • Maintain knowledge of standard operating procedures for research and perform in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements related to human research participants and FERPA requirements.

III. Reporting and Supervisory Responsibilities

This position reports to the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

IV. Position Qualifications

A minimum of:

  1. Master’s degree in education administration or equivalent.
  2. Five years related experience as a Principle Investigator.

Desired experience/training/knowledge/skills/abilities:

  1. Leadership/Management.
  2. Experience in conducting educational data research.
  3. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, self-motivation, and high personal integrity and ethics required.
  4. Managing the resources of educational research projects.
  5. Planning and controlling the work of educational research projects.
  6. Communicating with individuals and groups in the conduct of educational research projects.
  7. Maintain knowledge of standard operating procedures for research and perform in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements related to human research participants and FERPA requirements.
  8. Established record of research accomplishment.
  9. Knowledge and experience with qualitative research, or mixed methods, and a history of collaboration on multi-disciplinary or transdisciplinary research teams.
  10. A strong first author publication record in peer-reviewed journals with demonstrated expertise in an established area of research interest.
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