Research Project Specialist
Lawrence, KS 
Posted 19 days ago
Job Description
Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Position Overview
Accessible Teaching, Learning and Assessment Systems (ATLAS) promotes learning and improved outcomes for all students and their educators. Our primary focus is supporting students with disabilities and struggling learners. We create technology-based learning and assessment systems that are accessible and academically rigorous.

We specialize in map-based learning systems, informed by research on skill development, assessment design, and teacher professional development. Every program and project in our diverse portfolio of operational and grant-funded research strategically aligns with our student- and educator-focused mission. Our work is also supported by multiple strategic partnerships with organizations that share our focus and commitment to quality learning experiences for all students.

In addition to grant-funded research projects, ATLAS develops and delivers state assessments. Our largest assessment system is the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System. DLM alternate assessments are designed to assess students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in English language arts, mathematics, and science. We also offer custom social studies alternate assessments. Our broader state assessments include the Kansas Assessment Program and the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment.

As an organization, ATLAS is committed to creating policies and practices that foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment in which all employees feel they belong and can succeed.

ATLAS is seeking four (4) Research Project Specialists to contribute to research dissemination efforts across multiple projects and support proposal development. The Research Project Specialists will collaborate closely with senior staff to conduct background research, summarize research findings, support special projects, and develop proposals for externally funded projects. The successful candidates will have a proven ability to write for diverse audiences and independently manage multiple tasks and projects with competing priorities and deadlines.

This is a full time, 40 hours per week position. Our staff is predominantly working remotely at this time but also have the option to work in the office if they choose. We will consider an exclusively remote staff person outside of the Lawrence, KS area for this position.

KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 72 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! See for more details.
Job Description
40% - Prepare Research Findings for Dissemination to a Range of Audiences.
  • Duties include writing and editing manuscripts, presentations, practitioner-oriented products and website content.
30% - Assist with Proposal Development and Support for Funded R&D Projects
  • Duties include writing and editing documents, preparing and organizing supplemental materials, creating graphics, conducting research (including literature searches and reviews), establishing and monitoring timelines and deliverables and coordinating staff efforts.
15% - Support Special Projects on behalf of Senior Staff
  • Duties include, writing, editing, conducting literature searches, data entry, maintaining repositories and user-testing websites or website platforms.
10% - Assist Senior Researchers with Study recruitment, materials and logistics.
  • Duties include, preparing materials, participating in coding teams, thematic content analysis, and providing qualitative data extracts for analysis.
5% - Other duties as assigned
Position Requirements
This position allows for a telework or hybrid work location for well-qualified candidates. A telework position may be required to travel to Lawrence up to four times per year.

This position will require attendance at regularly scheduled meetings, onsite or through telecommunication platforms. We will consider an exclusively remote staff person outside of the Lawrence, KS area for this position.
Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree or high school diploma or GED equivalency and three years of relevant experience.
2. One or more years of experience writing and editing material for internal or external audiences, as demonstrated by previous work experience.
3. Two or more years of experience with Microsoft Office Suite and web conferencing tools, as evidenced in application materials and interview.
4. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as evidenced in application materials and interview.
Preferred Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree in related field or Master's degree.
2. One or more years of experience professionally editing and/or writing reports, including products for academic and non-academic audiences.
3. Experience applying APA style to written materials.
4. Previous experience developing grant proposals.
5. Knowledge of procedures for searching, reviewing, and synthesizing scholarly literature.
6. Knowledge of ADA accessibility guidelines.
7. Experience with a range of software including SharePoint, Zotero, and Dedoose,
8. Proven ability to effectively collaborate with internal teams, cross-functional teams, and external partners.
9. Flexibility and willingness to adapt and respond to changes in work priorities and processes.
10. Excellent attention to detail in written work.
Additional Candidate Instructions
A complete application includes an online application, your resume, a letter detailing your professional experiences that align with the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins November 29, 2022 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.
Contact Information to Applicants
Kellie Campbell
Advertised Salary Range
Minimum: $48,000; Commensurate with experience
Work Schedule
M-F; 8-5
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
2 to 3 years
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