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We are committed to justice, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all, and we believe this commitment improves our work, our workplace and our communities. We are committed to hiring and supporting staff who reflect the communities we work with and are impacted by our work.

Team Leader, Governance & Program Management, Head Start National Center on Program Management & Fiscal Operations (Remote with national travel)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute’s (UMDI) Head Start Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO) business unit, funded through the Office of Head Start (OHS) National Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) System, works closely with OHS to ensure that all Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) grantees have access to current, high quality, and research-informed information, resources and TTA to support program management, leadership, governance and fiscal operations. PMFO provides essential program and financial management resources to Head Start governing bodies, leaders, grantees, and delegate agencies. The provision of these resources requires partnership with sub-recipients, consultants, and vendors.

The PMFO Governance and Program Management Team Leader will oversee the Program Management and Governance division of PMFO, supervise TTA Specialists, and work closely with other division team leaders and TTA Specialists to deliver TTA tools and resources that are engaging and innovative in both content and delivery platforms, culturally appropriate, and responsive to HS/EHS programs of all types and delivery models and to personnel (e.g., Regional Office Specialists, Grantee Specialists, Office of Grants, and HS/EHS managers, staff, governing bodies) with varying levels of management and fiscal expertise.

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Senior Research Manager, Applied Research and Program Evaluation (Boston OR Shrewsbury, MA OR Hadley, MA)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation (ARPE) group partners with organizations across multiple sectors to develop and implement utilization-focused studies that address public health, human services, and educational policies and initiatives. Our philosophy reflects a rigorous but practical orientation, believing that research is most meaningful when findings can be applied to public benefit. We also believe that evaluative work is a key driver in advancing equity and strive to utilize culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices in all of our work. To this end, we are actively working to engage a diverse team of researchers that is reflective of the communities served by the programs we study.

Senior Research Managers work with the unit director and other members of the unit management team (Senior Research Managers and Research Managers) to design studies, develop project scopes, budgets and project work plans. They are responsible for ensuring that the overall quality of work produced on their projects is professional and consistent with UMDI standards. In addition, they foster collaborative relationships with clients, provide ongoing supervision and mentoring to project staff, engage in business development, and support efforts to improve overall organizational capacity.

Senior Research Managers are expected to possess a solid foundation in research methods, strong verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, and the ability to independently manage projects and effectively lead a research team. Senior Research Managers will have demonstrated experience developing and implementing research projects, making significant contributions to business development, supervising and mentoring staff, and developing and fostering strong client relationships.

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Grantee Specialist, New England Region Head Start (remote with travel)

The UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) Regional Head Start business unit provides training, consultation and other technical assistance to Head Start grantees throughout the six New England states.  This training, consulting and technical assistance supports Head Start programs in their continuous improvement of comprehensive services to low-income children and families from birth to age five, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in school. The UMDI Regional Head Start group also supports Head Start programs’ work with families to help them understand and meet their children’s educational, health, nutritional, dental and social-emotional needs. Head Start federally funded programs are operated throughout the United States through grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies.

Grantee Specialists provide training, consultation and technical assistance to Head Start grantees on program, fiscal management and governance issues.  Grantee Specialists work at the direction of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Regional Office.

The Regional Head Start business work is built upon advancing equity and strives to use culturally responsive and equitable practices in all of its work. To this end, we are actively working to engage a diverse team of Training, Consultant and Technical Assistance Specialists that is reflective of the Head Start Community.

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Research Analyst, Applied Research and Program Evaluation (Hadley, MA)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation (ARPE) group partners with organizations across multiple sectors to develop and implement utilization-focused studies that address public health, human services, and educational policies and initiatives. Our philosophy reflects a rigorous but practical orientation, believing that research is most meaningful when findings can be applied to public benefit. We also believe that evaluative work is a key driver in advancing equity and strive to utilize culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices in all of our work. To this end, we are actively working to engage a diverse team of researchers that is reflective of the communities served by the programs we study.

Research Analysts contribute to project implementation working under the direction of experienced UMDI research professionals. Research Analysts’ work focuses heavily on activities related to data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings.  Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks.

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Senior Research Analyst, Applied Research and Program Evaluation (Boston, MA and Hadley, MA)

The Applied Research and Program Evaluation group partners with organizations across multiple sectors to develop and implement utilization-focused studies that address public health, human services, and educational policies and initiatives. Our philosophy reflects a rigorous but practical orientation, believing that research is most meaningful when findings can be applied to public benefit. We also believe that evaluative work is a key driver in advancing equity and strive to utilize culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices in all of our work. To this end, we are actively working to engage a diverse team of researchers that is reflective of the communities served by the programs we study.

Senior Research Analysts will have proven experience implementing research projects in a professional setting, as well as maintaining positive client relationships. They should be skilled in developing appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, as well as providing technical supervision to Research Analysts and student Research Assistants assigned to their projects.  Typically, Senior Research Analysts work collaboratively under the direction of a Research Manager, Senior Research Manager, and/or the business unit’s Director.

ARPE Senior Research Analysts support the work of their business unit through project management assistance, conducting literature reviews, and implementing data collection and analysis plans. The position may entail significant writing duties and some independent project and task management.  Specifics of the role may vary depending on the needs of the project(s) to which they are assigned. 

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Real Property Facilities Implementation Specialist (national search, home-based)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) is a public service, outreach, and economic development unit of the University of Massachusetts, providing government, business, and non-profit organizations with effective solutions in the areas of research, organizational development, training, and technical assistance through its 9 distinct business units. UMDI has a budget of approximately $23 million per year and employs approximately 130 full-time professional employees, and 50 part-time, seasonal, and graduate student employees.

UMDI has been tasked to: (a) help increase capacity for the Office of Head Start (OHS) Regional Offices in the determination, tracking, and management of the federal interest in Head Start and Early Head Start grantee facilities nationwide; and (b) provide technical assistance in the funding of safe and healthy facilities for HS children through the Real Property Facilities Initiative (RPFI).

The RPFI Implementation Specialist will be responsible for coordinating facilities technical assistance activities for the twelve OHS national center regions, developing training materials and resources, and providing support to Real Property Facilities Initiative Analysts. Additionally, the Implementation Specialist will be responsible for assisting the RPFI team in monitoring project activities and developing systems and processes to strengthen the initiative.

This position will be located in a home office and will be required to communicate and coordinate with RPFI leadership; Community Development Institute, federal staff within OHS and the Office of Grants Management; UMDI; and National Center for Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO) management staff.  Primary direction for day-to-day activities will be provided by the RPFI Manager. Guidance and direction for RPFI project objectives and deliverables will be provided by the RPFI Leadership Team. 

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Career Specialist, MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center (Brockton, MA)

The MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center is a non-profit One-Stop Career Center that is managed by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) and is overseen under charter with the MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board. The MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center is located in downtown Brockton and provides employment and training services to businesses and job seekers. 

The Career Specialist provides intensive direct services to qualified job seekers through job counseling, workshop instruction, networking, and coordination of outside services to ensure job seekers are prepared to meet the needs of area businesses and are able to find employment in local demand industries. The Career Specialist’s primary duty is the performance of work directly related to the business of serving MassHire customers, specifically acting as adviser and counselor in matters relating to their job search, access and eligibility to Federal Title 1 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services, and Unemployment Benefits. The focus is on ensuring that job seekers have information, training, and skills required to meet the demands of area businesses and to facilitate job-seeker access to local employment opportunities.

The Career Specialist works as part of a team to develop and foster opportunities for individuals at all levels of skill and experience. They provide career services that motivate, support, and empower customers. Career Specialists perform their work as a part of an integrated, multi-agency team; required to cross-train with partnering agencies in order to ensure customers have the broadest possible access to necessary resources.  This position must fulfill robust data entry and reporting requirements on program activities, meeting the standards of the U.S. Department of Labor validation review.

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Real Property Facilities Analyst (New York City, NY), Head Start National Center on Program Management & Fiscal Operations 

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI), has been tasked to: (a) help increase capacity for the Office of Head Start (OHS) Regional Offices (RO) in the determination, tracking, and management of the federal interest in Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) grantee facilities nationwide; and (b) provide technical assistance in the funding of safe and healthy facilities for HS children through the Real Property Facilities Initiative (RPFI). The Real Properties Facilities Analyst (RPFA) will work with Regional Office federal staff in the creation of processes that will enhance their capacity to manage facility actions and enhance systems across the twelve OHS regions.  Since services are provided nationwide some travel is required for this position.  The RPFA will be located at the assigned Regional Office and be responsible for coordinating Regional facilities technical assistance activities and supporting the development of training processes, materials and resources within the scope of the RPFI. The RPFA will interface and communicate regularly with federal staff, UMDI, Community Development Institute (CDI) and the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NC/PMFO) management staff. Primary direction for day-to-day activities will be provided by the position’s immediate supervisor.  Guidance and direction for RPFI project objectives and deliverables will be provided by the RPFI Leadership Team. 

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Student Intern, Human Resources (Hadley, MA)

TheCentral Administrative Services Unit provides a wide variety of support services to the nine business units including accounting, human resources, IT, marketing, business development, and more. The Student Intern – HR will directly support the Fiscal Support Manager – HR and HR & Fiscal Support Specialist with various administrative tasks.

The list of Student Intern - HR functions include, but are not limited to: •Run reports in the University’s HR Direct system; Maintain Excel and SmartSheet personnel databases; Provide transcription services for various meetings; Print and file personnel documents, and assist with various special projects.

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Student Research Assistant (hourly), Applied Research & Program Evaluation (Hadley, MA)

Primary Work Location: 100 Venture Way, 3rd Floor, Suite 5, Hadley, MA 01035
Normal Work Schedule: This is a part-time position (10-20 hours/week) for the 2021-2022 academic year with the opportunity for work over the 2021-2022 winter break.

Job Summary:
The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation (ARPE) business unit provides research services to a broad client base in the education, community health, and human services sectors. Our research blends quantitative and qualitative methods to deliver findings that help our clients determine needs, assess outcomes, and identify opportunities for improvement. We believe that evaluative work is a key driver in advancing equity and strive to utilize culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices in all of our work.

The Student Research Assistants will work under the direction of the UMDI research professionals. They will support the work of UMDI and ARPE through quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, creating data visualizations, performing literature reviews, assisting with surveys, and other research tasks.

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Student Research Assistant, Economic & Public Policy Research - *TWO POSITIONS* (Hadley, MA)

The UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic & Public Policy Research group (EPPR) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Student Research Assistant. EPPR produces industry analyses, regional economic studies and public policy reports on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia.
Student Research Assistants work under the direction of UMDI research professionals. They support the work of UMDI through quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, creating data visualizations, performing literature reviews, assisting with surveys, and other research tasks as needed. Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks. Student Research Assistants may be able to receive academic credit through their academic departments for their work at the UMass Donahue Institute.

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