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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest and experience working in population-level mental health research among youth and adolescents.

Job Summary

About the Healthy Minds Network: HMN is dedicated to improving the mental and emotional well-being of young people through innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship.  HMN addresses the connection between the mental health of adolescents and young adults and their health behaviors, physical health, and social, educational, and economic outcomes. Taking a public health approach, HMN focuses on three main objectives: (1) producing knowledge (research), (2) distributing knowledge (dissemination), and (3) using knowledge (practice).  Through its rich array of research projects, the network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public.

About the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE): Driven by a shared passion for affecting lasting change, the faculty, students and staff of HBHE work in the pursuit of an equitable, healthy future for all. Turning theory and research into actionable practice, we develop interventions and innovations that promote health, prevent disease, and empower people to manage chronic illness and disabilities. Together, our academic community transforms the theoretical into actionable, the science into the social, applying our knowledge to eliminate health disparities and impact lives for the better.

What You'll Do

  •  Directly supervising permanent staff (i.e., project managers, study coordinators, data / research specialists) and monitoring the progress, compliance, implementation and impact of their research studies and supplemental projects (i.e., papers, presentations, seminars, etc.). Also provide guidance for permanent staff’s supervision of Research Assistants.
  •  Directly (and indirectly, through permanent staff) supervising student research assistants working on projects; assisting in their communications with performance sites.
  • Attending meetings inside the team and with external partners, coordinating collaboration within and outside of the team.
  • Strategic planning and development, via reporting all Network activity to PI, and synthesizing observations into recommendations with PI’s input. Also includes budgeting, guiding grant writing, engaging with external stakeholders, directing and supervising other development tasks, and planning and guiding the Network’s outreach and dissemination efforts.

Skills You Have

  • Master’s degree (ideally in field relevant to either team/project management, or research)
  • Project or research management or coordination experience
  • Extensive team management and training experience
  • Customer, client, performance site, or participation communications/relations experience
  • At least basic-level conflict resolution skills
  • Experience scheduling meetings and events for multi-team projects
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
  • Clear and concise communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to organize and maintain diverse range of documents, protocols, communications, datasets, etc. for large research studies
  • Ability to quickly learn how to use new computer software/applications, and teach others
  • Able to collaborate with team, yet conduct own work in self-directed manner


Desired Qualifications*

  • Strong, demonstrated understanding of and interest in population-level mental health research (particularly among youth and adolescents)
  • Experience collaborating and maintaining partnerships with national mental health organizations
  • Understanding of the logistics and compliance of conducting multi-site, national research; specifically in being able to monitor and enforce the boundaries of roles between engaged research and non-engaged performance sites; experience managing studies with an NIH Certificate of Confidentiality preferred
  • Ability to oversee budgets, contracts, and invoices between an academic institution and a diverse range of a variety of funders, including federal, state, local, foundational, non-profit, for-profit, and other academic institutions.
  • Experience advocating for mental health research, programming, and policy to various stakeholders across a diverse spectrum of fields, institutions, and individuals (e.g., in government, in education, in business, in advocacy, in clinical practice, etc.)
  • Grant writing skills
  • General proficiency in use of various computer software and applications (e.g., Box, Trello, Qualtrics, Remote Connection, etc.)
  • At least basic-level proficiency with data management and analysis (Stata, SPSS, other statistical analysis software; experience organizing and managing databases)

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Associate level: 1-3 years related experience, salary range 45,000-50,000
Intermediate level: 4-5 years related experience, salary range 52,550-62,000

This is a term-limited position.

Additional Information

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.