Sr. Research Associate II

Job ID: 525710

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University seeks an experienced and highly motivated Senior Research Associate for the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (RCRC).   The mission of the RCRC is to transform relationships for high performance by helping organizations to build shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect across boundaries.  Visit to learn more.  The Senior Research Associate will play the lead role in developing the research arm of the RCRC.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Develop research priorities, agenda and portfolio through collaboration with the Executive Director, the RCRC Research Advisory Committee and RCRC partners and stakeholders. This includes identifying appropriate research questions, designs and potential funders, forming project teams, writing and submitting grant proposals and reporting back to the RCRC community about findings.   It is anticipated that this person will raise at least $100,000 in grant funding within the first 18 months and then maintain or grow this funding base from year to year.
  • Lead RC research projects as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator.  Oversee research teams and budgets to ensure projects are progressing according to plan and report to funders.
  • Co-author peer reviewed papers and co-teach the RC Practicum module offered every other year at the Heller School.
  • Set a budget, goals and objectives for and oversee graduate student work on literature reviews, gap analyses and RC data analyses.
  • Maintain the RC Intervention database and the RC Outcomes and Predictors database, manage the annual Roundtable call for abstracts, organize and facilitate monthly RCRC research webinars, serve as the RCRC staff liaison to the Research Advisory Committee and Advisory Board, and work with the RCRC team on ongoing strategy alignment across all arms of the RCRC (i.e., research, communication, partners, certification & training).


  • A PhD or DSc in a social science, organizational development or similar field.
  • A deep understanding of RC theory, research and data analysis or interest in cultivating a deep understanding of RC theory, research and data analysis
  • Knowledge of and experience with the grant proposal process and the ability to cultivate relationships with funders
  • Ability to serve as the PI or Co-PI on grant funded research projects including managing grant budgets and teams
  • Excellent grant and academic writing skills and oral communication skills
  • Effective communicator with RCRC team, RCRC board, RCRC partners, RC Analytics, and Heller research centers
  • Ability to supervise graduate research assistants

The hiring range for this position is $75,000 – $92,000.

How to Apply:

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Closing Statement:

Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities, women, disabled individuals, and eligible veterans to apply. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, or on the basis of any other legally protected category.