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Job Opportunities at UMass Donahue Institute

UMass Donahue InstituteThank you for your interest in employment with UMass Donahue Institute. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Real Properties Facilities Initiative Data Management Analyst - Nationwide Search (remote), Program Management & Fiscal Operations (PMFO) 

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) is a public service, outreach, and economic development unit of the University of Massachusetts, providing government, business, and non-profit organizations with effective solutions in the areas of research, organizational development, training, and technical assistance through its 9 distinct business units. UMDI has a budget of approximately $23 million per year and employs approximately 130 full-time professional employees, and 50 part-time, seasonal, and graduate student employees.

UMDI has been tasked to: (a) help increase capacity for the Office of Head Start (OHS) Regional Offices (RO) in the determination, tracking, and management of the federal interest in Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) grantee facilities nationwide; and (b) provide technical assistance in the funding of safe and healthy facilities for HS children through the Real Property Facilities Initiative (RPFI). The Real Properties Facilities Initiative Data Management Analyst (RPFI-DMA) will collaborate with RPFI staff, to include staff from partnering organizations, in the creation of processes that will enhance the capacity of the team to manage data and reporting across the twelve OHS regions. The RPFI-DMA may be located anywhere in the US and may be required to maintain a home office. The RPFI-DMA will communicate and work with RPFI and UMass staff, and sponsor organizations.

The RPFI-DMA is responsible for developing, managing, analyzing, processing and maintaining RPFI data systems. The RPFI-DMA will be responsible for overseeing and further developing RPFI data systems, maintaining the integrity of data systems and generating reports. This position has a heavy focus on activities related to data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings as required by the RPFI.

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Research Manager, Applied Research & Program Evaluation (Hadley, MA)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation (ARPE) business unit conducts social science research projects in direct response to specific client needs. ARPE studies typically focus on questions related to public health, human/social services, and education across the age spectrum (from early childhood through post-secondary and adult education).

ARPE Research Managers work with the unit Director and Senior Research Managers to conceive of and create new projects and develop project scopes, budgets, and project work plans. Research Managers are responsible for the day-to-day management of assigned projects, including conceptualizing and developing sound research plans and timelines, implementing plans within stated timelines, conducting appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative analyses of data, implementing quality control processes, and synthesizing data to surface findings, and developing high-quality project deliverables with clearly stated conclusions and recommendations. Research Managers are expected to possess a solid foundation in research methods, strong verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, and the ability to independently manage projects or components of complex projects. Research Managers must be comfortable with mixed-methods research approaches, including both qualitative and quantitative research designs. Depending on the size and scope of projects, Research Managers may be responsible for supervising and mentoring staff on their project team, and are expected to foster a collaborative team approach to project implementation. Although not solely responsible for developing new business, Research Managers are expected to identify funding opportunities and participate in development activities.

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Real Property Facilities Analyst, Head Start National Center on Program Management & Fiscal Operations (Denver, CO)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI), has been tasked to: (a) help increase capacity for the Office of Head Start (OHS) Regional Offices (RO) in the determination, tracking, and management of the federal interest in Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) grantee facilities nationwide; and (b) provide technical assistance in the funding of safe and healthy facilities for HS children through the Real Property Facilities Initiative (RPFI). The Real Properties Facilities Analyst (RPFA) will work with Regional Office federal staff in the creation of processes that will enhance their capacity to manage facility actions and enhance systems across the twelve OHS regions.  Since services are provided nationwide some travel is required for this position.  The RPFA will be located at the assigned Regional Office and be responsible for coordinating Regional facilities technical assistance activities and supporting the development of training processes, materials and resources within the scope of the RPFI. The RPFA will interface and communicate regularly with federal staff, UMDI, Community Development Institute (CDI) and the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NC/PMFO) management staff.

Primary direction for day-to-day activities will be provided by the position’s immediate supervisor.  Guidance and direction for RPFI project objectives and deliverables will be provided by the RPFI Leadership Team. 

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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