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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Research Project Manager
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department BSPPP-Heldrch Ctr Workfrce Dev

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is based at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The university-based research and policy center, founded in 1997, is dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace by strengthening workforce education, placement and training programs, and policies and has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading research centers for workforce development. The Center’s efforts concentrate on both nurturing concrete innovations in workforce practices, as well as addressing broad-scale economic policy changes that ensure Americans receive the education and training they need to be productive and prosperous in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. The Center provides an independent source of analysis for reform and innovation in policy-making and employs cutting-edge research and evaluation projects to identify best practices in workforce development and employment and workplace policy. It is also engaged in significant partnerships with the private sector to design effective education and training programs and is committed to assisting job seekers and workers attain the information, education, and skills training they need to move up the economic ladder. The Center embodies its slogan ‘Solutions at Work’ by not only documenting challenges facing the nation’s workforce, but also partnering with industry leaders and educators to seek out practical solutions that translate into effective government and workforce policy. Ultimately, the Center serves as a laboratory to create innovative, applied solutions to well-documented workplace challenges. This combination of scholarly research and “real world” solutions enables the Center to make a significant difference in the lives and futures of American workers and their employers.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Manager for the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. This positions reports to the Director of Research and Evaluation, this position is responsible for conducting quantitative analyses of data in a large and comprehensive workforce longitudinal database. The

Among the key duties are the following:
• Develops research designs for studies that involve quantitative data analysis, including for evaluating the effect of specific education and workforce programs on participants’ employment and earnings and future educational attainment.
• Identifies and calculate appropriate performance measures for tracking the effectiveness of education and workforce programs.
• Identifies and implement the most appropriate statistical models for conducting quantitative studies of data; develop robust and replicable procedures for handling missing data elements.
• Uses machine learning (data mining) methods to build systems for predicting key workforce outcomes.
• writes reports, conference papers, and publications based on the data analyses conducted; interact with stakeholders in New Jersey state government to obtain input on research tasks and research products.
• Manages data in the workforce longitudinal database in order to allow these analyses to be conducted.
• Works with Heldrich Center and Bloustein School staff to maintain the security of the data in the database.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 07
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 71384.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 90353.000
Annual Maximum Salary 109322.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Admin Assembly (MPSC)
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience

• Requires a bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of general research principles and practices.
• Also requires a minimum of five years of relevant professional research experience, excellent communication skills, and computer literacy.
• An advanced degree may substitute for up to two years of professional experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• The position requires exceptional quantitative analysis skills and demonstrated ability to use R to conduct sophisticated data analysis.
• This position requires an advanced degree in a social scientific field, because the primary job duties relate to implementing highly sophisticated statistical models that are not taught at the undergraduate level.
• Doing the position well, moreover, requires that the individual have sufficient experience implementing the different methods of analysis to be able to make difficult judgments about which model is the most appropriate given the data. In addition, because the data analyses will have to be conducted primarily in R (with some data analysis in Python), the position requires solid knowledge of and experience using data analysis software, including especially R, and to a lesser extent, Python.

Preferred Qualifications

• A master’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, or related discipline and 5 or more years of professional experience in data analysis is preferred.
• PhD in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, or related discipline, with strong academic work in data analysis is preferred.
• Knowledge of and experience in analyzing employment and training, education and/or higher education data preferred.
• In addition, knowledge of and experience working with SQL databases are also preferred.
• Because the position requires extensive interaction with and the delivery of oral presentations and written reports to employment, education and higher education database stakeholder, the position requires exceptional oral and written communication skills and knowledge of these areas.
• Skills in data visualization (e.g., R shiny; Power BI) also important.

Equipment Utilized

• The position is expected to have a strong knowledge of data management and data analysis software, primarily R.
• Familiarity with SQL would be a plus.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

• In addition to the aforementioned, the position requires an exceptionally high level of attention to detail; a sincere concern about ensuring that the data analyses are of the highest quality; vigilant adherence to procedures to maintain the security and confidentiality of all data in the system; and a creativity to develop and answer intriguing research questions based on the data.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST1869
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details Downtown (Heldrich Center)

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

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