Project Manager for Food Security and Nutrition Research Projects

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  • Job Number:522236
  • Classification:Research Professional 2
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research is seeking a full-time Project Manager to oversee the management and conduct of funded research studies focused on promoting food sovereignty, diet quality and health equity among Alaska Native families and communities. Projects include co-developing a conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between a subsistence way of life and holistic health, using an equity-driven approach to document parents’ lived experience feeding young children nutritious foods, and conducting a community readiness assessment around healthy eating. The incumbent will work closely with the project PI, collaborators, community members and tribal organizations to: - Coordinate implementation and execution of daily operational activities - Design community outreach materials and presentations - Collect data - Maintain IRB submissions - Participate in manuscript writing. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal, written, and cross-cultural communication skills and a willingness to travel to rural Alaska. The position is funded through February 2024, with a possible extension depending on funding.


1-35Daily operational activities: Coordinate implementation and execution of daily operational activities of multifaceted food security and nutrition research projects including facilitating communication among research partners (mail, e-mail, phone and zoom), coordinating meetings and maintaining a timeline and activities list.Essential
2-35Community Outreach: Collaborate with the research team to prepare presentations, trainings, and community dissemination and education materials.Essential
3-10Data collection: Facilitate and participate in data collection both in the field and remotely. Perform data entry.Essential
4-5Protocols and Regulatory Compliance: Collaborate with investigators to create, develop and implement new protocols and maintain Institution Review Board (IRB) submissions and other regulatory documentation including tribal approvals.Essential
5Literature review and Grant Writing: Conduct literature reviews and contribute to the preparation and submission of reports, manuscripts and proposals.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: • Work experience sufficient to have acquired and developed the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of the position.
• Knowledge of working with Alaska Native/American Indian communities.
• Knowledge of human subjects research and regulatory compliance (i.e. IRB).
• Excellent verbal, written, and cross-cultural communication skills.
• Computer proficiency including MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint and Google office suite (i.e. Google docs, slides, and sheets).
• Experience developing, trainings presentations and/or education materials for a non-research audience (e.g. students or community members).
• Knowledge or willingness to learn about health communication strategies.
• Ability and willingness to travel to villages via small plane/sub-arctic conditions, moderate lifting of equipment, occasional long working hours, evenings, and weekends.
• Ability and willingness to become trained to be proficient in any study activities.
• Must be able to complete a variety of tasks simultaneously, prioritize workload, and meet reporting and completion deadlines with attention to detail.
• Must be capable of relating to a range of individuals including community members and researchers.
• Basic graphic design skills are a plus.
• Interviewing skills and qualitative research experience is a plus.
Typical Experience:
1-2 years of experience in project management or conducting research, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Required Education or Training:

Bachelor’s Degree in health or science related field; Master’s Degree preferred.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 79, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will begin on November 21, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. 

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Abby Dunham, HR Coordinator, UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, at or (907) 474-7463.

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