New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 13-Aug-2019 to 27-Aug-2019 (EST)
  • PI- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • New York, NY, USA
  • $103,082 (includes location pay)
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full benefits package according to percentage of full-time effort

We are looking for a full-time Project Director to manage a large, ongoing research program about environmental influences on child development. The study is being conducted at two sites (New York City and Puerto Rico). The position requires managing and coordinating teams at the NYC site as well as across the two sites. This research project is also part of a national program (NIH ECHO program) and one of the responsibilities is supporting coordination with this national program. This position is based at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH), New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), and includes responsibilities at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.

Our work involves a mature cohort that has been followed for more than 20 years and uses several cutting-edge methods, including brain MRI, to examine cognitive development and brain maturation. Responsibilities encompass administering this large, on-going, research program including supervising research assistants and monitoring field operations, maintaining IRB communications and project records, supervising data sharing, and organizing internal as well as external meetings.

The ideal candidate must be able to work effectively within a large, engaged, interdisciplinary team, have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, be capable of meeting deadlines, be detail oriented, motivated, and interested in generating knowledge at the highest scientific level that can help change the lives of under-served, low-income children and young adults. The candidate will oversee diagnostic and cognitive assessments of children, the collection of biospecimens, databases, study reporting and data sharing.

There will be opportunities for scientific publications and other activities based on the type of contribution.


Specific Tasks include:

1. Study Protocol Development and Documentation: IRB and Manual of Procedures
2. Study Implementation and Monitoring
3. Coordination of Recruitment
4. Directing/Monitoring Cross-Team and Cross-Site Communications
5. Coordination of Study Meetings
6. Staff Supervision and Training
7. Development and Coordination of Quality Assurance
8. Study Reporting: Tracking and presenting targets and Milestones
9. Coordination of Data Management and Tracking
10. Coordination of Data Analyses: Liaison between study coordinators and investigators with data specialists
11. Organization of biospecimen collection and storage
12. Liaison with national program leadership at NIH
13. Assist with budget administration and other administrative tasks


Minimum Qualifications:

At least 8 years of experience in project administration and/or PhD.
Experience leading large, interdisciplinary teams.
Prior experience supervising staff at different levels.
Availability to travel and work early evening and on weekends.
Coursework, Masters or PhD in developmental psychology, counseling, public health, statistics, neuroscience, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Spoken and written Spanish preferred.


To apply:   Submit an application with cover letter and resume by August 27, 2019 through our website Only applications submitted through the RFMH website will be accepted.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA  41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.


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