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 Posted 10/19/2018

For more than 70 years, the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) has been a national and international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection or analysis of data from scientific sample surveys. Survey Research Operations (SRO) is the operations branch of the SRC.

SRO provides a wide range of services in the areas of survey and statistical design, data collection and processing, and data analysis. This position is part of the SRO Project Design and Management Group (PDMG). PDMG is primarily responsible for management of data collection projects, which includes working with research investigators and other clients to define project and sample design, coordinating all aspects of preproduction and production within SRO, providing regular progress and cost reports, and documenting all procedures.

More information about our organization can be found here:
https://www.src.isr.umich.edu/services/survey-research-operations/

Responsibilities:

Consult with clients on the development of survey research project designs; lead the project team on medium and large projects to meet deliverables on time and on budget; lead tasks on larger projects; define and manage project/task scope and maintain a clear scope statement; prepare project work plans and schedules in consultation with study staffs and other members of the project team. Represent research project to stakeholders, as required, such as community leaders, funders, researchers, and respondents.

Manage and continually improve project operations. Compose, manage, and update the project work plan, including project goals, objectives and scope, budget, assumptions, constraints, roles and responsibilities, risks, change management approach, project deliverables, and milestones. Responsible for meeting data collection and processing requirements according to schedule and budget; use statistical process control techniques to monitor all aspects of production; track and report project status to senior management on a regular basis.

Lead questionnaire and other instrument development as well as specification and development of technical systems. Supervise staff completing surveys and other data collections; ensure protocols are being consistently followed by staff through review and monitoring of work products; participate in problem identification and resolution during data collection and processing period; recommend organizational improvements in staff and quality assurance protocols.

Assist in proposal preparation with responsibility for researching and composing sections, and lead medium-sized/complexity proposal efforts; independently oversee proposal/project budgeting process. Document all phases of the data collection and processing protocols; prepare complex analyses of data and reports; forecast project expenses. Develop and implement contingent staff recruitment strategies; recruit, screen, hire, and train data collection staff; develop training plans and materials; implement general and study-specific training programs.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree/Certificate in related field and 5-6 years of experience in three or more aspects of survey research (i.e. sampling, data collections. coding, data processing, application programming, analysis, or methodology) including:

Experience planning and managing projects in multiple modes of data collection

Experience creating and managing a budget and resources for survey projects of approximately $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 across the year or lower budgets with more complexity

Experience using and developing technical systems designed to collect and organize data such as computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) software and/or management information technical systems

Demonstrated experience making independent decisions while using correct judgment about when to seek guidance from senior staff

Experience using statistical techniques for problem solving and forecasting

OR

Equivalent combination of education and experience, plus continuing education in the field

AND

Demonstrated ability to manage team’s ability to meet deadlines under tight time constraints

Ability to work independently

Effective and demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills with multiple groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds

Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels

Ability to use critical reasoning in preparing survey plans, assessing issues, evaluating risks

Demonstrated ability to compose instructions, memorandum, manuals and other documents, including technical material

Excellent communication and organizational skills and demonstrated competence in MS Office software

Desired Qualifications:

Ability to travel for international projects

Experience using statistical software packages such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA to conduct analyses

Special Instructions to Applicants:

All applicants must submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position. In order for the Career Portal system to accept a cover letter, please include a cover letter as page one of your resume document. The cover letter should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.: http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/164298/survey_specialist_senior

 Posted 10/19/2018

For more than 70 years, the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) has been a national and international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection or analysis of data from scientific sample surveys. Survey Research Operations (SRO) is the operations branch of the SRC.

SRO provides a wide range of services in the areas of survey and statistical design, data collection and processing, and data analysis. This position is part of the SRO Project Design and Management Group (PDMG). PDMG is primarily responsible for management of data collection projects, which includes working with research investigators and other clients to define project and sample design, coordinating all aspects of preproduction and production within SRO, providing regular progress and cost reports, and documenting all procedures.

More information about our organization can be found here:
https://www.src.isr.umich.edu/services/survey-research-operations/

Responsibilities:

Consult with clients on the development of large or complex survey designs; provide senior leadership to the project team on large projects to meet deliverables on time and on budget; define project/task scope and maintain a clear scope statement; prepare project work plans and schedules in consultation with study staffs and other members of the project team. Represent research projects to stakeholders, as required, such as community leaders, funders, researchers, and respondents; represent organization at national and international conferences and in journals.

Define, manage, and continually improve project operations. Develop and maintain the project work plan, including project goals, objectives and scope, budget, assumptions, constraints, roles and responsibilities, risks, change management approach, project deliverables, and milestones. Responsible for working interdependently to meet data collection and processing requirements according to schedule and budget; use statistical process control techniques to monitor all aspects of production; track and report project status and risks to senior management.

Prepare questionnaires and instruments for data collection, including identification of relevant measures to be used; lead development of complex technical systems.

Document all phases of the data collection process; prepare complex analyses of data and reports; forecast project expenses; provide accurate financial data and reports.

Mentor staff and participate in recruitment of new staff; serve as organizational liaison to junior staff; author staff performance evaluations. Identify opportunities to submit proposals or other collaborations. Recommend organizational improvements in staff and quality assurance protocols.

Lead proposal development team or review sections of proposals of all sizes; independently oversee proposal/project budgeting process.

Develop training plans and materials; design and conduct general and study-specific trainings, briefings, and debriefings.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in a social science discipline and 7 or more years of experience in all aspects of survey research (i.e. sampling, data collections. coding, data processing, application programming, analysis, and methodology) with relevant knowledge in at least one substantive or methodological area should include the following:

Experience planning and managing all aspects of survey research projects and/or operations with budgets totaling up to about $2,000,000 – $10,000,000 across the year or smaller budgets with highly complex or high risk designs in multiple modes of data collection

Experience planning and developing technical systems designed to collect and organize data such as computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) software and/or management information technical systems

Experience making independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of defined responsibilities

Experience using statistical techniques for problem solving and forecasting

Experience using statistical software to conduct analyses

 OR

Equivalent combination of education and experience, plus continuing education in the field

AND

Demonstrated ability to manage team’s ability to meet deadlines under tight time constraints

Effective and demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills with multiple groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds

Ability to use critical reasoning and to manage team members’ use of critical reasoning in preparing survey plans, assess issues, evaluate risks

Ability to serve as administrative supervisor for staff at all levels

Ability to develop advanced manuals and project documentation as well as author executive reports and journal articles

Excellent communication and organizational skills and demonstrated competence in MS Office software

Desired Qualifications:

Ability to travel for international projects.

Master’s degree in survey research methods desired. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

All applicants must submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position. In order for the Career Portal system to accept a cover letter, please include a cover letter as page one of your resume document. The cover letter should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.: http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/164297/survey_director