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Specialist - Research-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Counseling, Educ Psych & Spec Educ 10014204
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Project Manager

Position Summary

Project Excellence: A Program Evaluation Partnership, located in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Michigan State University, seeks a Research Specialist to utilize education and experience in database management and research methods to conduct research and analysis regarding the impact of public rehabilitation services provided to residents with disabilities in the State of Michigan.

The Research Specialist will manage and coordinate all aspects of program evaluation projects, including working as part of a collaborative team to develop project plan, Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, data collection/management, data analyses and dissemination of findings through publications and presentations.

Primary duties include working in conjunction with the Principal Investigator, assuming a leadership role on quantitative, qualitative and mixed model program evaluation and research projects, including project plan development, data collection, data analysis, report writing and report dissemination. In addition, the Research Specialist's responsibilities include, but not limited to, recruiting, orienting and providing ongoing training and support for doctoral level research assistants in collaboration with the Principal Investigator, serving as the lead researcher on projects as assigned per year, ensuring compliance with all IRB rules and regulations as well as Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Project Excellence data security procedures, and initiating and maintaining relationships with public and private disability advocacy groups, service providers and research organizations involved in similar efforts.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation

Minimum Requirements

Experience in conducting research, program evaluation, or related projects; demonstrated experience working with large data sets; expert experience with computer applications (e.g., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and statistical analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, STATA, Atlas.ti); experience presenting at local, regional and national conferences on evaluation findings, evaluation and/or research methods, and related issues. In addition to having demonstrated research skills, candidates must be highly motivated, self-directed, have strong organizational and problem solving skills and be willing and able to work collaboratively as part of a team.


Desired Qualifications

Counseling experience with individuals with disabilities; research, program evaluation, or administration experience at a state-federal vocational rehabilitation agency

Required Application Materials

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for three professional references.  

Special Instructions

All applicants must apply online at  Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Sukyeong Pi at

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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