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Senior Project Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Renée Crown Wellness Institute is seeking a full-time, Professional Research Assistant to join an active research group that is dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of people during pregnancy and postpartum. The person in this position will be a key member, overseeing multiple research and programmatic functions, working with substantial independence. The Professional Research Assistant will work primarily on the Alma Program and will be supervised and mentored by Drs. Laurel Hicks, PhD, Samuel Hubley, PhD, and Sona Dimidjian, PhD.

Alma is a rapidly growing program, developed by a collaborative team of researchers, community members, clinicians, and mothers who have personal experience with depression, to support women experiencing depression during pregnancy and the postpartum. Alma employs an innovative approach to perinatal depression in which a team of trained peer mentors—mothers who have faced depression in their own lives and want to support others who are struggling—deliver the Alma program to members of their own community.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Renée Crown Wellness Institute (the Crown Institute) is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to promoting the mental health and wellness of children, youth and the families and educators who support them. Current key areas of research include the study of mindfulness, compassion, belonging, and agency. Our key research areas aim to address disparities in mental health, wellness, and education due to gender, race, ethnicity, linguistic diversity, geography, income, and other structural and systemic inequities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Research Project Management:

  • Develops and monitors timelines, deliverables, and related personnel activities to support research studies:
  • Ensures that all research project landmarks and key deliverables are on track, including study launch, recruitment, data collection, analysis, manuscript preparation/submission, and publication; troubleshoots with project teams and personnel about delays or barriers to successful completion; provides regular reports to the Principal Investigators.
  • Supervises responsibilities, and productivity of project personnel; monitors the match of project need to personnel skill, interest, and ability on an ongoing basis.
  • Engages with vendors and community partners. This includes invoice management, creating scope of work documents, etc.
  • Develops and monitors systems to promote a positive climate:
  • Maintains standard methodologies in the Institute for research team engagement that supports optimal creativity, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Oversees ongoing morale, cohesiveness, and effective communication and coordinates events and systems to sustain positive Institute climate.
  • Develops and monitors systems for ensuring compliance with ethical and regulatory requirements:
  • Oversees research compliance with IRB and other regulatory requirements (e.g., training requirements, clinical trial registries).
  • Oversees conflict of interest monitoring and financial disclosures.
  • Oversees compliance with university and departmental policies regarding student engagement in research studies (e.g., mentoring frequency, appropriate roles/responsibilities, confidentiality)
  • Develops and supervises standard operating procedures for all research studies:
  • Proactively monitors and identifies the need for supplies and equipment, including purchasing, and updating software/hardware to support university compliance and effective research study implementation; is the main point of contact with the business office and other university entities for procurement and other operational procedures.
  • Oversees data storage and backup procedures; responsible for ensuring organized digital and paper filing systems, maintenance of Teams secure drives, Google Drive, digital project management software, EndNote, and project communication systems to support all research studies.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains standard operating procedures to ensure the smooth operation of research projects.
  • Oversees scheduling and maintaining of statistical consultation meetings.
  • Creates and maintains REDCap databases for data collection.

Interviewing and Recruitment

  • This role involves program recruitment and participant interviews. Recruitment entails scheduling and interviewing potential participants, assessing if they meet entry criteria, ensuring any disclosed safety concerns are addressed by study clinicians, recording data in REDCap.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

We anticipate one of the roles may supervise one to two employees. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $35,568 - $44,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree.
  • At least two years of relevant research experience or a combination of relevant research and administrative experience.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and spoken.
  • Proficiency with computers and common programs (email, zoom, online data tracking systems).

What You Will Need

  • Excellence in integrity, responsibility, and ethics.
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence.
  • Commitment to innovation.
  • Excellent collaboration skills.
  • Alignment with the Institute's vision and mission:
  • Organizational skills
  • Time management skills:
  • Leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A Master’s degree in public health, psychology, education, social work, clinical research administration, or related field.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Statistics and ability to analyze basic statistics in SPSS, or R.
  • REDCap experience.
  • Project Management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, organizational skills, and ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently as well as collaboratively with local and remote collaborators.
  • Excellent openness to feedback, eagerness to learn, and commitment to the aims of the research project.
  • Adaptability, ability to set and track realistic goals, and capacity to hold multiple responsibilities and competing demands.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Flexibility with work hours and responsibilities.
  • Connection to and leadership in youth communities.
  • Experience in a research environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/ CV
  2. Cover Letter that addresses the following:
    • Please share why you are interested in being a Professional Research Assistant for the Alma Project.
    • Please describe any experience you have in perinatal mental health, engaging in research activities, and any clinical based experience.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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