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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.

Real Property Facilities Analyst - Nationwide Search (Remote Opportunity)

The Real Properties Facilities Analyst (RPFA) will work with Office of Head Start (OHS) 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. The RPFA will be responsible for coordinating regional facilities, technical assistance activities and supporting the development of training processes, materials, and resources. 

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Senior Program Manager, Civic Initiative (Hybrid)

The UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) Civic Initiative Senior Program Manager works with the unit director and other unit members, as well as potential external partners, to design and propose domestic and international exchange programs that promote democracy through education and cultural exchange in the U.S. and abroad. The Senior Program Manager is expected to be an adaptable, creative problem-solver; a collaborative, organized self-starter able to think unconventionally and understand and independently manage the operations of a nimble global engagement unit. In addition, they will foster collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, provide ongoing supervision and mentoring to project staff, engage in business development, and support efforts to improve overall organizational capacity. 

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Project Management & Research Specialist, Nonprofit Funding & Fiscal Solutions (Hadley, MA/hybrid)

The Project Management & Research Specialist will work directly with the Nonprofit Funding & Fiscal Solutions Project Manager, Director, and other institute staff, consultants, and clients to support project development, research, and implementation of client services. This role has direct accountability for sustaining and enhancing client relationships and ensuring client satisfaction and business development. 

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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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Research Analyst, Economic & Public Policy Research (Boston, MA/hybrid) 

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Economic & Public Policy Research group (EPPR) conducts a range of customized economic and demographic data analysis and policy studies on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Workforce, housing, infrastructure, local and regional economic development, industry ecosystems, demographic and socioeconomic trends, population estimates and projections, and economic impact are frequent themes of EPPR’s policy-related work.

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. The position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks.

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Upskilling Navigator, 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 Upskilling Navigator will support the recruitment, screening, and enrollment of Career Center customers into American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded upskilling training programs. The focus of the program is on advanced skill training and education in order to help customers achieve their employment goals in regional priority industries. The Upskilling Navigator will creatively recruit customers for the training programs, using skilled judgement to determine customers’ eligibility for specific training programs, and support enrolled customers through program completion. Additionally, the Upskilling Navigator will develop relationships and collaborate closely with training providers, Market Makers (ARPA-funded regional business liaisons), and others in the workforce development system.

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Research Analyst, Economic & Public Policy Research (Hadley, MA)

The Economic & Public Policy Research group (EPPR) conducts a range of customized economic and demographic data analysis and policy studies on topics of interest to policymakers in government, business, and academia. Workforce, housing, infrastructure, local and regional economic development, industry ecosystems, demographic and socioeconomic trends, population estimates and projections, and economic impact are frequent themes of EPPR’s policy-related work.

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. The position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks.

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Career Specialist, Housing Navigator, 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 U.S. Department of Labor validation review.

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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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UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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