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Associate Director of Educational Research

Apply now Job no: 509396
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Classification:   Administrator II
Anticipated Hiring Salary:  Commensurate with experience 
CSU Salary Schedule
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours 
FLSA:  Exempt

Priority Screening Date:  February 18, 2022
Recruitment Status:   Open Until Filled


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students.  The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.


Under the general direction of the UROC Director, the Associate Director of Educational Research leads program development and delivery; hires, trains, and manages staff; oversees grant administration, budgets, and operations; collaborates on grant proposal development; oversees the development of UROC marketing materials and website content; and disseminates UROC’s findings and outcomes. The Associate Director of Educational Research implements UROC’s vision and mission; delivers innovative, high quality, and robust program services; and participates in UROC’s engagement in the national undergraduate research dialogue. The Associate Director of Educational Research will guide UROC’s efforts to deeply understand, assess, and improve research-based learning and undergraduate research programming. Associate Director of Educational Research will have three primary responsibilities in research: 1) designing and implementing UROC’s research and evaluation agenda at the student, course, and program levels; 2) disseminating UROC’s findings to the broader undergraduate research community through conference presentations and scholarly journals, and 3) assessing UROC-related curriculum and programming (both formal and informal). And, true to UROC’s mission, the Associate Director of Educational Research will mentor an undergraduate researcher(s) in a project that contributes to UROC’s assessment and educational research agenda.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Work with the Director to establish and implement UROC’s vision, mission, and strategic plan.
  2. Work with the Director to hire, train, supervise and evaluate UROC’s professional staff; manage staff workload; and guide staff in establishing programmatic goals, deliverables, and timelines.
  3. Work with the Director and UROC staff to identify, develop, guide, and assess UROC programmatic, curricular, and research activities. 
  4. Work with the Director to manage the operation of UROC’s programs and services, and oversee the fiscal management of UROC.
  5. Work with the Director, UROC staff, and faculty members to research, develop, and submit proposals for external funding; ensure delivery of grant outcomes and objectives; and develop strong working relationships with grant program officers.
  6. Build and maintain partnerships with other units across the institution, such as the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, the Cooperative Learning Center, degree-granting programs, Office of Inclusive Excellence, etc. to support educational research across the institution.
  7. Maintain partnerships with community colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, industry, and local, state, and federal agencies.
  8. Oversee the development of UROC marketing materials and website content, and develop forums and other events that highlight student and UROC program success.
  9. Work with the Director and UROC staff to develop and deliver conference presentations, workshops, journal articles, and reports about UROC’s programs, services, and impacts.
  10. Develop and implement a research agenda for UROC related to undergraduate research programming, interventions, and curricular enhancements. This will include a survey of existing research; identifying relevant and applied research questions; determining research feasibility, and managing UROC’s Institutional Review Board application and documentation.
  11. Collaborate with UROC’s external evaluator on all evaluation activities, including Data-Based Decision-Making.
  12. Mentor and provide research support to undergraduate researchers.
  13. Make decisions of significant impact typically made by the Director in the Director’s absence and have signatory authority.

Other Functions:

  1. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.
  2. Attend professional development workshops and conferences as needed.


Knowledge of: the research process, graduate school preparation, and professional development; higher education pedagogies, particularly evidence-based learning, and their theoretical frameworks; principles, problems, and methods of public administration, including organization theory and practice, personnel management, and fiscal management; techniques used for hiring personnel, evaluating job performances, and motivating employees; knowledge and experience with grant proposal writing, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.  Extensive knowledge of modern developments, trends, and theories in educational research, assessment, evaluation, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Knowledge of the principles and practices of educational research, program evaluation, course assessment, curriculum development, and strategic planning. Extensive knowledge of Human Subjects in Research protocols and Responsible Conduct of Research principles. Superior writing, critical assessment, and synthesis skills. Knowledge of standard measures and statistical tools used in psychology, educational research, assessment, and evaluation.

Ability to: manage multiple projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, complete tasks on time; think creatively and conceptually to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions; lead UROC marketing and publications efforts; work with a diverse and multicultural population; maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners. 

Skills: Superior critical assessment and synthesis skills; excellent personnel and fiscal management skills; demonstrated leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills utilizing tact and diplomacy; excellent written and verbal communication skills; exceptional public relations and presentation skills; proven proposal writing and grant reporting skills; and advanced computer literacy.


Equivalent of a Ph.D. degree AND three years of progressively responsible work experience in project development and management. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CSUMB’s Founding Vision Statement.


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to the Clery Compliance Officer all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and/or credit card account information 
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus.  This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students.  The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance.  Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus.  All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system.  CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14-paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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