Visiting Research Associate: Lake Institute on Faith and Giving

Position Title: Project Manager (Visiting Research Associate)

Department:  Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Job Summary: As Visiting Research Associate, position will manage the current research portfolio of Lake Institute. Current research portfolio centers around the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (www.nscep.org) and is funded for the next two years through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Duties include developing all aspects of the research project alongside the study’s PIs (David King and Brad Fulton. The Project Manager will serve as liaison to project staff NORC at the University of Chicago, the Institutional Review Board, and other collaborative researchers and practitioners inside and outside of Indiana University.

In addition, the Project Manager will conduct interviews with respondents, manage communication with respondents, as well as participate in on-site congregational observations. The project may also include developing coding schemes for open-ended survey items, data coding, transcription, coordinating field notes, data analysis, and developing a plan for public dissemination based on research findings. In addition, work will include writing proposals and interpreting data from secondary sources or original research as well as drafting reports, revising written materials including academic papers, and assisting in writing press releases and general audience reports.

Tasks will also include managing all administrative aspects of the project, including: directing the work of research assistants and outside research associates needed to complete contracted research studies and assure the highest quality and uniformity of their work; maintaining and updating the national study’s website; participating in the creation of infographics and other data visualizations for public engagement; as well as liaising with other offices in the university through managing grant budgets and fiscal operations with the highest level of integrity.

Required: Master’s degree from an accredited institution, plus at least 1 year of experience in project management.

The successful candidate should possess excellent oral and written interpersonal communication skills, computer skills, managerial experience, project management, time management, task prioritization, customer relations, and ability to summarize results from technical data that allow non-technical readers to comprehend. Use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint) plus familiarity with statistical software such as STATA or SAS. Understanding of basic statistical terms. An interest and understanding of the role of philanthropy and giving in the contexts of congregations and religious nonprofits.

Located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy builds on the strength of thirty years of research, training and outreach activity. Collaborating closely with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU School of Liberal Arts, among others, the Lilly Family School’s twenty core and over thirty affiliate faculty members draw on an expansive and collegial community of scholars and practitioners from a multiplicity of disciplines devoted to the serious study of philanthropy.
Degree programs include the PhD, MA, and BA degrees in Philanthropic Studies. The school hosts eight chairs in various areas of philanthropy, a robust executive education arm through The Fund Raising School, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. The school’s is best known for researching Giving USA and The Philanthropy Panel Study among many other projects.

For additional information, please contact cukester@iu.edu and reference Lake Institute Project Manager. You may also reach out to Brad Fulton or David King, study PIs as well.