Project Director Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Roper Center at Cornell University is the world's largest public opinion data archive, with a mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and around the world.
The Roper Center was recently awarded a 3.5-year grant that will support the creation of the world's largest Health Opinion Database; a web-based collection of survey questions and data on Americans' views on health that will help identify strategies for defining and promoting a broader culture of health in society. The Project Director will oversee day-to-day activities, ensuring that all stakeholder perspectives are considered while keeping project development on schedule.
This position is a 3-year, benefit-eligible term appointment with the possibility of extension based on the availability of work and funding.
What will you do?
In this role you will serve as the primary point of contact between the project development team at the Roper Center and the project's external advisory committee that is comprised of experts in health, health policy and survey research. In this capacity, you will have two primary responsibilities:
document business requirements and translate them into functional system requirements; and
define and ensure adherence to project development timelines
By the end of the project you will have successfully managed all logistical considerations, executed phased QA testing, supported the public launch of the portal, and helped set a foundation for perpetual promotion and hosting of the Health Opinion Database.
What education and skills will you need?
We are looking for a bachelor's degree in social sciences, communication, government/policy or a related field, and you will need at least 3-5 years of experience managing projects or equivalent combination of education and experience. Additionally you will have/be:
Affinity for Learning: You have an ability to develop competence in new subject areas with littler to no formal training
Detail oriented: You are well organized and experienced at implementing action plans and monitoring and reporting project status.
Solution focused: You have the ability to analyze requirements, propose solutions, and meet individual and team deadlines.
Effective communicator: You are skilled at translating stakeholder needs into technical recommendations and are able to flex your communication approach based on your audience. In addition to your excellent oral communication skills, you possess developed written communication skills.
Proven leader: You have an approachable demeanor with a proven record of building and maintaining relationships that have led to successful collaborations and partnerships.
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