Position: Coordinator

(Research Center Manager)

Departments: Economics and Health PE Recreation and Athletics

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Research Center Manager.

Full Time Position

This is full-time, administrative position for NEIU’s Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC), a 5 year, NCI grant-funded research center designed to address cancer-related health inequities in Chicago. ChicagoCHEC is a multi-million dollar triad Center led by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. It builds on groups of investigators (including faculty, students and staff) from many leading Chicago-area community organizations and educational institutions. The Center Manager will gain experience from working with our team and its multiple sites by completing assessments of project activities, forming new policy and health interventions and developing new curricular and community programs to improve health behaviors in Chicago. The Research Center Manager will also have the opportunity to collaborate with research teams in order to co-author both scientific papers and grant applications produced for the Center.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.


The Research Center Manager reports to the Center’s Principal Investigator (PI) team which includes an Associate Professor from Health PE Recreation and Athletics (HPERA) and an Associate Professor from Economics, who, in turn, report to the Dean of the College of Education, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate College for Studies and Research. The Research Center Manager is in regular contact with other investigators, students and staff supported by the grant.

The Research Center Manager duties include:

Technical: provides management and leadership support to the Center’s Principal Investigators (PIs); establishes systems for orderly functioning of all sub-projects by planning, developing and implementing new processes, protocols and data systems to support research while maximizing study capabilities; oversees completion of study activities per protocol and according to timeline; ensures that study protocols are in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations; reviews study progress and recommends revisions, amendments and/or other study changes as needed to better meet funder’s needs; reviews scientific literature, evaluates and recommends applicable techniques and/or procedures; provides leadership in grant and manuscript writing, preparation and submission; analyzes, evaluates and interprets data to determine relevance to research; assists the PIs in developing statistical methods and models in order to analyze and report data per study requirements; keeps PIs aware of issues affecting/related to staff performance, study design, study progress and budget issues; maintains required project documentation while supporting PIs in developing study protocols, IRB reports and amendments, annual NIH report and other reports, as needed.

Administrative: creates data for use in grant submission while developing new proposals for research and additional financial support. Interfaces and coordinates with all internal/external groups and stakeholders and acts as liaison between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions; ensures that all study documents associated with current university, local, state and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols are completed in a timely manner; organizes, facilitates and attends project meetings.

Finance: negotiates prices and specifications with vendors and purchases supplies, materials, equipment and services; ensures appropriate financial allocations and compliance; invoices study sponsors for study tests/procedures; oversees hiring, supervision and training of all project staff and students; acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators, interns and students; performs other duties as assigned; may create/manage research budget which would include deciding on and approving expenditures of funds based on budget.


Bachelor’s degree is required, with a Master’s/PhD degree (in social or health science) preferred. Two or more years of experience with public health-related research and/or experience related to grant and contract services is required. The candidate is expected to possess a high degree of professionalism, problem-solving ability, project management and leadership skills as well as a demonstrated ability to strategize and think analytically in order to manage the Center’s multi-million dollar budget and implement its research and educational programs. A strong foundation in research methodology and publication and/or a track record of working in diverse ranges of ethnic, cultural, and economic communities is preferred. Other preferred skills include: ability to work in teams; strong listening, communication, writing, presentation skills and organizational skills.

Upon hire, it is mandatory that the candidate complete NEIU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants, and must re-certify every 3 years.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

This position requires a background check.

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF document to ChiCHEC@neiu.edu.

• A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
• Current resume
• Three (3) current professional references
Employment Application
Affirmative Action Form
Statement of Annuitant Status
• Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected
   for on-campus interviews

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.