The Director of Research will provide leadership and vision to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations (Permanent Commission) research team, striving to create equitable, inclusive, comprehensive research processes and products. You will work closely with Permanent Commission staff and commissioners to oversee work related to the Commission’s duty to carry out research on the status of racial, Indigenous, and tribal populations. This includes oversight of the Permanent Commission’s ongoing community truth-seeking initiative, consultation with the State’s data governance program in conjunction with the Secretary of State and Chief Information Officer, and oversight of research design and data collected in execution of both Permanent Commission discretionary and statutorily required projects. You will collaborate with the Community Engagement, Policy/ Communications, and Operations directors as needed in the execution of research projects. This is a full time, acting*, remote position+. Pay is $39.82 an hour (salary) with full State of Maine benefits.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:
Develop (as required), direct, and oversee all research conducted by the Permanent Commission to determine the status of racial, Indigenous, and tribal populations, ensuring that research is conducted efficiently, accurately, and ethically, assuring compliance with established Commission principles as well as IRB, as needed.
Staff and lead the Permanent Commission’s Research Committee, helping them monitor and support research projects of the Commission.
Collaborate with contracted content experts who lead individual projects of the Permanent Commission. Oversee all project aspects as they relate to research.
Manage the Permanent Commission’s data, drawing valid conclusions and examples, to inform public policy, community engagement activities, and communications.
Develop and execute policies and procedures that streamline the functions of the Permanent Commission’s research.
Manage research design and execution across Permanent Commission projects and programs, including community truth-seeking initiatives, statutorily assigned research projects, and discretionary projects.
Staff and direct meetings of the Permanent Commission’s Research Committee, collaborating with the Commission’s clerk regarding public meeting posting, agendas, minutes, and attendance recordkeeping.
Consult regarding the integration of racial equity into Maine’s Data Governance Project.
Direct, design, and coordinate the use of data resources; develop and implement procedures and guidelines for data security, handling, and ownership in order to maintain the integrity of the database.
Control, establish, and define data elements, relationships between elements, and standards for managing the physical structures in order to establish and maintain data consistency and organization
Analyze data gathered, develop information and documentation, and consider solutions or alternative methods in order to recommend organizational and system changes and modifications to public policy.
Ensure compliance of all Permanent Commission research with Permanent Commission principles as well as IRB protocols, as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Understanding of data collection and interpretation methods and techniques
Knowledge of databases
Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of public administration, organization, workflow, personnel management, and financial procedures
Knowledge of IRB boards and the IRB review process.
Ability to gather, assemble, calculate and analyze facts and draw valid conclusions
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to negotiate between diverse groups
Ability to write clearly and effectively
Ability to develop recommendations based in data for the creation, revision, and repeal of laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Additional Attributes of Strong Candidates:
Exhibit Permanent Commission’s cultural values of teamwork, responsibility, accountability, excellence, openness, and balance.
Education and/or equivalent experience:
5 years of operations management experience and bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Strong understanding of issues impacting marginalized communities.
Strong ties to a marginalized community.
*NB: “Acting” capacity denotes temporary, direct hire for 1 (one) year.
+NB: The Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations does not currently have a physical office. While there are plans to obtain an office, this position will remain remote until a later date/it is safer to be in-person. All employees are provided with tools necessary to complete assigned tasks at their residence.
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About Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations
The Permanent Commission is an independent state entity with a goal to dismantle structural racism in Maine and work toward a brighter future for all Maine people.