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The Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking (CLST), within the Foster School of Business, has an opening for a part time, 75% FTE Research Consultant.
The Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking (CLST) was founded in 2009 and their vision is to be the country’s preeminent academic source for education and research in the fields of leadership and strategic thinking. They aim to be a trusted partner to corporations and institutions seeking evidence-based leadership development interventions. Their mission is to advance the science and practice that connects leadership and strategic thinking for high performance impact.
The Research Consultant will directly support the design, execution, analysis, and evaluation of The Center's research projects. These projects involve qualitative and quantitative data collection, gathered both in the laboratory as well as field (in local, national and global organizations). The Research Consultant provides direct research and programmatic support to the senior research staff and faculty, administrative staff and PhD Students in CLST. Additionally, they may indirectly support aspects of the Management & Organization department’s faculty research being done in collaboration with CLST.
This position requires knowledge of and adherence to best practices for handling of human subjects data as outlined by the University of Washington Human Subjects Division. In addition, the Consultant will need to learn new methods for implementing research, as well as procedures for coding and analyzing data.
This position is integral to the success of CLST research projects and programs by providing management of project timelines and administrative components. Success of CLST research projects and programs impacts both the Foster School and the larger UW community by deepening the understanding about leadership development and strategic thinking while implementing programs rooted in well-established theory. These projects also contribute to the CLST in applying for external grant funding.
Data Collection & Data Management
Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with extreme integrity.
Support data collection projects by meeting paper and electronic mailing deadlines, entering data, transcribing tapes and handwritten notes; learn and use technology to do these tasks more efficiently.
Support data quality control and archiving processes.
Assist staff in the design and maintenance of online surveys and relational databases; this frequently involves working with Qualtrics 360, Microsoft Teams & other learning platforms, and managing large data sets that are longitudinal. Interface with online survey vendor to troubleshoot system issues.
Data Analysis & Reporting
Assist in preparation of print documents, web pages, virtual learning materials, and other graphics using Word, PowerPoint, Adobe, and illustration packages.
Assist staff in writing code and analyzing data in SPSS, and preferred knowledge of AMOS and HLM. Produce written, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations.
Program Coordination & Support
Provide assistance to the Executive Director, CLST project & domain leads, current Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, administrative staff and undergraduate interns.
Assist in moving research projects and our development interventions/programs through the pipeline by supporting the design, execution and evaluation of research projects and the interventions, including literature reviews, surveys, interviews, focus groups, data integration and analysis that are important to some of the external funding sources we seek to compete for over the next two years.
Work with undergraduate research assistants and occasionally provide guidance as needed.
Prioritize and communicate commitments with multiple internal stakeholders.
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Business or related field.
One year or less experience in ability to acquire technical expertise and knowledge; knows fundamental concepts about data collection and management, practices and procedures of basic research methods and survey administration.
Minimally, this position requires a readiness to acquire technical expertise and knowledge; knows fundamental concepts about data collection and management, practices and procedures of basic research methods and survey administration.
Additionally, these specific knowledge, skills, and abilities are required to perform a satisfactory job:
Strong PC computer skills and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook), general Internet skills, and professional electronic communications skills – including virtual meeting platforms, e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.
Articulate and tactful interpersonal communications skills; readiness to meet and work directly with clients; these include both internal clients (e.g. university professors, undergraduate, and graduate students taking surveys in classes, etc.) and external clients (e.g. CEOs, executive VPs, supervisors, front-line employees, etc.).
Motivation to engage in and manage a wide range of challenging work, including preparing and distributing online and paper-based surveys, inspecting and analyzing data, managing large data bases, writing research and applied technical reports, interfacing with online survey and other technology vendors/suppliers, investigating grant and research opportunities and supporting innovative projects related to commercialization of new leadership development approaches (e.g., gamification, simulations, and micro interventions).
Capacity and motivation to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly, under the mentorship of CLST staff; flexibility in responding to new research opportunities as they arise.
Meticulous attention to detail, both in terms of writing and working with extremely large data sets.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment (virtual & face-to-face) - including the ability to collaborate in order to provide polished and professional deliverables to clients.
Ability to handle and prioritize tasks delegated from multiple CLST staff members.
Mature, positive, and resourceful outlook is a must. The Research Consultant is responsible for maintaining a stable, positive presence in the Center and during opportunities to sit in on Center meetings, interactions in the Business School, and meetings and events involving clients.
The ideal candidate must be both an independent self-starter and a collaborative team-player who can support project teams to see projects through to completion, while interfacing cooperatively with others (research staff, faculty, research participants, clients, vendors, etc.).
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
It is desired that the person in this position demonstrate an understanding of theory related to transformational, transactional, and authentic leadership styles, developmental readiness, strategic thinking, inquiry-based coaching, and team dynamics. It is also desired that the person in this position have experience with administration of web-based surveys and learning management tools.
The ideal candidate will possess a scientific mindset as well as a natural curiosity about workplace relationships and behaviors and how these impact individual, team and organizational performance. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will desire to gain a better understanding of the unique demands, priorities, and opportunities of experimental and field-based research.
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