Project Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) at the University of Denver was created under the leadership of the Governor’s Office to unlock data-informed solutions to our most pressing social problems. Working together with a broad range of government and community partners, we conduct research with rigor to obtain the best available evidence to inform policies, programs, and investments. Our goal is to leverage data to inform policy and practice, set the wheels in motion to achieve and sustain change, and position our partners to pursue additional, meaningful change for the communities they serve with the guidance of eight essential elements: Prioritize Relationships, Learn Together, Apply Rigor, Activate Findings, Sustain Change, Make Connections, Welcome Risk for Reward, and act as a Bridge to the Research Community.

In 2019, the Colorado Lab launched the Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC) in partnership with the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology. LINC is a data collaborative that supports the approval and provision of linked administrative data for timely and cost-efficient research, evaluation, and analytic projects. LINC integrates and de-identifies datasets across state and local data partner organizations including human services, health, labor and employment, higher education, housing, K-12 education, and criminal justice. LINC has become an essential asset for data-driven decision making in Colorado state government and has served as an exemplar for other jurisdictions striving to create integrated data solutions for research and analytics.

Position Summary

The Colorado Lab seeks to hire a Project Specialist to support the LINC Director to manage the portfolio of LINC work. This position will be essential for ensuring LINC reaches its full potential as a critical resource to the State of Colorado and academic research community. This position will start November 7, 2022.

Essential Functions

  • Productively engage in reciprocal partnerships with governmental agencies, data sharing organizations, and external researchers. The Colorado Lab is highly interactive with policy makers, and all staff are expected to play a role in supporting this value.
  • Support new LINC data partners through the onboarding process by facilitating meetings, following up on action items, ensuring the review and signature of legal agreements, and managing the development and update of metadata information and data dictionaries.
  • Manage LINC project process (see “How LINC Works”), including:
    • Support for LINC requesters (“How LINC Works” Steps 1 and 2) with submitting the LINC request form, following up on action items from LINC project review meetings, revising their requests, and obtaining LINC project approval from data partners.
    • Provide organizational support for the LINC data integration staff (“How LINC Works” Step 3) including IT coordination to create logins for data partners to securely upload data, managing deadlines for data transfers, sharing data match reports with data partners, and ensuring data destruction has been accomplished when required.
    • Providing ethical oversight of active LINC projects (“How LINC Works” Step 4) by ensuring review and signature of data use licenses, communicating with LINC project teams to receive project updates, managing the review of project findings before release, and ensuring projects are closed out properly.
    • Synthesizing updates from LINC projects for the LINC Director to help address challenges and co-develop strategies to support project success.
  • Institutionalize management processes such as preparing meeting agendas and note taking, developing template reports, designing project trackers, and developing project request materials.
  • Maintain and refresh LINC communications content including website, LINC-related Colorado Lab newsletter information, and other content as needed.
  • Work with the Colorado Lab operations staff to ensure LINC budget, invoices, and payments are being processed in a timely manner.
  • Engage in other duties as necessary, requested, and appropriate to support the mission of LINC.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Enthusiasm for meeting deadlines and accomplishing tasks.
  • Experience managing multiple high-stakes projects with multiple deliverables simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with project stakeholders regardless of position or authority, including executive leaders, team members, researchers, and operations staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to create sustainable management processes.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented, often virtual work environment.
  • Self-motivated with an orientation towards results and a track record of driving results.

Required Qualifications

  • 3 years of administrative coordination with responsibility for multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Excellent demonstrated written communication skills for a variety of audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of social policy research administrative and project management experience.
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in Public Administration, Policy, Business, or Management-related field.
  • Experience working with local, state, or federal government.

Working Environment

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Must be based in Denver region with a balance of virtual and in-person work.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 27, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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