Part-Time Job Opportunity: Principal Investigator for Research in Social Justice and Community Organizing

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Principal Investigator for Research in Social Justice and Community Organizing

SUMMARY: The Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center at Queens University seeks a principal researcher to join the research team on The Listening Project: Learning from 80 Years of Social Change in Charlotte, NC.

The Listening Project is a community-based participatory research project. We seek to engage the community in every step of the process – the research design, data analysis, and the dissemination of the material.  We seek to collectively learn from 80 years of social justice organizing history, as told by the organizers/participants involved in the social justice movements that spurred social change in Charlotte, NC. We seek to listen to and honor the experience of our Charlotte organizers and activists, past and present, to inform the future of Charlotte organizing.

This position will assist the team in the writing for IRB application, documenting community input to the research design, conducting interviews with changemakers in Charlotte, analyzing the data collected, and co-authoring the final research report.

This part-time position is expected to span the 2022-2023 academic year from September 2022 through May 2023 with the potential to extend another year if funding is secured. This position is not exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single work week.

This position will work 10 hours a month, including a weekly team meeting.

Hourly rate is $50 an hour.

Check out our year one research project summary for background on the project here.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Research in an academic institution including IRB approval
  • Academic writing abilities
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting effective research interviews
  • Demonstrated experience in social justice environments
  • Demonstrated experience in community-based research as a research methodology is a plus
  • Prior CITI training in research ethics is a plus
  • Strong communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and ability to quickly establish and maintain strong rapport with a diversity of people and backgrounds
  • Ability to establish and meet goals and deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • A high level of personal integrity and professionalism and a proven ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, with an advanced degree having conducted research strongly preferred

Application Process

Does this sound like a good fit? If so, send the following to

  1. A cover letter addressing the position qualifications and experience
  2. Current résumé or CV
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

Applications received by September 1, 2022, will receive first consideration. The Greenspon Center will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Queens University of Charlotte is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to supporting and celebrating all forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex (including pregnancy, child birth and conditions related to pregnancy or child birth), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring policies, or other University-administered programs.

Any individual with a disability who needs any reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to apply for a position or otherwise to participate in Queens’ job search/selection process should contact the Director of Human Resources at 704.337.2222.

Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation) require ability to

  • Remain in a stationary position, most of the time.
  • Exchange accurate information with co-workers and others, frequently.
  • Read reports, create presentations, use a computer system, most of the time
  • Communicate with co-workers, and others, most of the time.
  • Write, type, and use the computer, telephone, copier, and other office equipment systems, most of the time.
  • Move about inside the workspace to access resources and office equipment, and attend meetings across campus, regularly.
  • Exert moderate force to move objects, occasionally.
  • Think critically, concentrate on the task at hand, and respond quickly to changes in conditions, most of the time.

Work Conditions

  • Must be able to work in office environment having contact with members of the public, staff, and faculty, on any given day.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule based on needs of the position.

Nothing in this job description restricts the university’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time; this description reflects the university’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned; this job description is subject to change at any.


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