The Heldrich Center seeks a Research Project Manager as a senior member of its research and data science team. The position reports to the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Heldrich Center and is responsible for conducting quantitative analyses of data in a large and comprehensive workforce and education longitudinal database known as the NJ Education to Earnings Data System (www.njed2earndata.org). The Research Project Manager will develop research designs for studies that involve quantitative data analysis, including for evaluating the effect of specific workforce and education programs on participants’ employment and earnings; identify and calculate appropriate performance measures for tracking the effectiveness of workforce and postsecondary programs; identify and implement the most appropriate statistical models for conducting quantitative studies of data; develop robust and replicable procedures for handling missing data elements; use machine learning (data mining) methods to build systems for predicting key workforce outcomes; write reports, conference papers, and publications based on the data analyses conducted; interact with stakeholders in New Jersey state government to obtain input on research tasks and research products; manage data in the workforce and education longitudinal database in order to allow these analyses to be conducted; and work with Heldrich Center and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy staff to maintain the security of the data in the database.
This position requires a bachelor's degree, preferably in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of general research principles and practices. Also requires a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional research experience in data analysis, excellent communication skills, and computer literacy; ability to analyze data using R statistical software with some data analysis in Python. A Master’s degree or PHD with a working knowledge of education, higher education and/or workforce data preferred. Skills in data visualization (e.g., R shiny; Power BI) are also important.
Salary range is $71,384 – $109,322 and commensurate with experience. Applications are accepted online.
Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.