Research Manager 2 (346051)

Research Manager 2 (346051)

(Job Posting ID: 346051)

Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia and healthy brain aging in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities. Our modern facilities have been thoughtfully constructed to foster team science approaches to research and well-being. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Manager 2 will be responsible for oversight of research activities related to multiple projects focused on rural and Indigenous dementia, dementia caregiving and cognitive health.

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team holds research grant funding from the University of Minnesota Medical School as well as external agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The MK-MDT works collaboratively with Faculty Investigators from medical school departments in the Twin Cities and Duluth, as well as academic and community research partners elsewhere in the US and Canada.

This position will manage research programs and functions in the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team Health Equity (MK-MDT).

60% — Research Management

  • Manage and oversee research staff that will consist of research associates, a regulatory specialist, research project specialist, researchers, and research professionals
  • Work collaboratively with Faculty and staff on all research projects in the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team-Health Equity
  • Train and mentor staff and faculty on research related UMN and MK-MDT Policy and Procedures
  • Work on strategic planning with the leadership of the MK-MDT on research resources
  • Oversee the budget of research projects, reporting to the Principal Investigators on expenditures
  • Ensure the timeline and goals are met for grant submissions
  • Look for new innovative ways to manage research
  • Other duties as assigned

20% — Pre & Post Grant Support

  • Develop relationships and collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • Display adherence to the MK-MDT’s mission.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of organization’s history and programs.
  • Assist with the development of the MK-MDT’s funding strategy.
  • Identify federal, state, and local grant funding opportunities.
  • Write, edit, submit, and manage grant proposals in collaboration with other MK-MDT faculty and staff.
  • Furnish prospective funders with supporting documents.
  • Collaborate with investigators on outreach to funders via newsletters, on- and off-campus meetings, and on-site tours.
  • Collaborate with the investigators and staff to compile and submit annual reports.

20% — Community Outreach & Engagement

  • Participate in research meetings with community partners.
  • Prepare grant-related briefing notes, background reports, and other meeting materials for participating community partners.
  • Prepare dissemination presentations and reports to community partner agencies and governing bodies.
  • Serve on committees as requested representing the MK-MDT.Qualifications

Location attributes: Duluth, Minnesota, is a cultural center that boasts a high level of outstanding fine art, performance offerings, and outdoor beauty. Natural history and art museums abound, along with a symphony orchestra and musical talents from numerous performers across many genres.

In 2014, Duluth was voted Outside magazine’s best outdoors town in America. Minnesota’s City on the Hill claims 6,834 acres of city parkland, 129 Parks, 11,000 acres of green space, 12 miles of paved, accessible trails, 85 miles of bike-optimized, multi-use trails, 150 miles of unpaved hiking trails, and 16 designated trout streams. It is also the southern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trails. During winter months Spirit Mountain features skiing, snowboarding, fat biking, alpine coaster, snow tubing and Nordic trails. Duluth has recently been characterized as a climate change refuge by CNN and The New York Times.
Twitter @MemoryKeeperMDT

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree with at least 6 years of experience or terminal degree plus at least 3 years of experience.
  • Previous supervision or management experience
  • Excellent organization, communication, and demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in Public Health or other relevant fields
  • Research experience in a community-based setting
  • Increasing levels of independence and responsibility in previous position

About the Department

The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

We do this by:

  • Educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native communities
  • Fostering excellence in research
  • Emphasizing the training of physicians in Family Medicine
  • Creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Working in innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

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