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Job Opportunities at UMass Donahue Institute

UMass Donahue InstituteThank you for your interest in employment with UMass Donahue Institute. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Executive Director, UMass Donahue Institute (Hadley/Amherst, MA)

The Executive Director is responsible for guiding UMDI with vision and leadership and overseeing its overall performance and vitality. The position leads the institute’s ongoing strategic planning, direction, management, and coordination with clients, partners, and university departments as appropriate to ensure that quality, client-responsive services are consistently developed and delivered across the institute to the benefit of its clients. The position also oversees the substantial administrative, personnel, and fiscal operations of the organization. The Executive Director interacts with key leaders and other stakeholders within the university, and with those in Massachusetts state government, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and the business community.

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Program Assistant, MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center (Brockton, MA)

MHGBCC 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 (GBWB). MHGBCC is located in downtown Brockton and provides employment and training services to job seekers and employers.

The Program Assistant will provide program support, assistance to the Manager of Job Seeker services, and will provide direct services to job seekers.  Additionally, this position will work closely with the Manager of Job Seeker services ensuring quality data entry, written work product, and external communications.   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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Student Research Assistant, Economic & Public Policy Research, Remote (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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Real Property Facilities Analyst - Nationwide Search (remote) - Two positions (Head Start National Center for 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 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.

Learn more about and apply for this position. (requires travel to Seattle, WA)

Learn more about and apply for this position. (requires travel to San Francisco, CA)


Research Manager, Applied Research & Program Evaluation (Hadley, MA)

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation (ARPE) business unit conducts social science research projects in direct response to specific client needs. ARPE studies typically focus on questions related to public health, human/social services, and education across the age spectrum (from early childhood through post-secondary and adult education).

ARPE Research Managers work with the unit Director and Senior Research Managers to conceive of and create new projects and develop project scopes, budgets, and project work plans. Research Managers are responsible for the day-to-day management of assigned projects, including conceptualizing and developing sound research plans and timelines, implementing plans within stated timelines, conducting appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative analyses of data, implementing quality control processes, and synthesizing data to surface findings, and developing high-quality project deliverables with clearly stated conclusions and recommendations. 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 or components of complex projects. Research Managers must be comfortable with mixed-methods research approaches, including both qualitative and quantitative research designs. Depending on the size and scope of projects, Research Managers may be responsible for supervising and mentoring staff on their project team, and are expected to foster a collaborative team approach to project implementation. Although not solely responsible for developing new business, Research Managers are expected to identify funding opportunities and participate in development activities.

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Real Property Facilities Analyst, Head Start National Center on Program Management & Fiscal Operations (Denver, CO)

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. 

Learn more and apply for this position.


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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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