Research Project Manager

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A cover letter is required for consideration of this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should indicate your starting availability, address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.



The Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS) in the Population Studies Center supports policy-relevant criminal justice research by leveraging the diverse skills of our research team. We are seeking applications for a full-time Project Manager position to join us in supporting the continued growth of the project.

As a Project Manager you will participate in agency outreach, project organization, liaising with various entities, and data management.  This broad range of activities will help CJARS continue to build a data infrastructure through harmonizing multi-jurisdictional data, developing algorithms to unify local value codes, and executing probabilistic matching models, which will contribute to various ongoing research projects.

The CJARS project is administered through a partnership between the Population Studies Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and the US Census Bureau.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • Flexible work schedules
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions after the first year
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direction of the project’s principal investigators (PIs), the Project Manager will engage in the following:

  • Agency Engagement: interface with criminal justice agencies to coordinate data collection, produce statistical reports that support agency operations, and maintain good working relationships with agency stakeholders.
  • Project Organization: track progress on major project milestones, generate progress reports for various parties, assist with hiring and training of new staff, and contribute to the development of research projects and grant proposals.
  • Project Liaising: communicate with the UM technology team to ensure proper maintenance and security of data storage systems, interact with UM legal representatives to facilitate data collection negotiations, and communicate with external research collaborators and CJARS data end-users.
  • Data Management: track progress of data integration, processing, and harmonization, ensure timely delivery of data extracts to the US Census Bureau, and conduct data analysis to support data benchmarking and research projects.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree and acquired knowledge of economics, computer science, software development, and/or statistics with at least 4 years of work experience;
  • Proven ability to code in at least one of the following languages: R, Stata, SAS, Python, or SQL. Familiarity with HTML and CSS also valuable;
  • Demonstrated time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision; knowledge of Project Management practices
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences;
  • Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate ability to exercise sound judgement; and
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Master’s degree in public policy, data science, criminology or economics is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of data science, probabilistic matching methods or U.S. criminal justice research literature
  • Experience with organizational operations duties such as monitoring budgets and data management is a plus.  


Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample.

This position will be onsite in Ann Arbor, MI. Flexibility in work schedules; including some remote workdays may be available.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the fifteenth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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

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