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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Research Project Manager

Series: Research

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The Research Project Manager is the fourth level of a four-level research series. Incumbents are responsible for conducting and presenting research to aid the College in its decision-making, policy development, and planning activities. The Research Project Manager is distinguished from the Research Advanced Analyst by its managerial level responsibility for conducting and analyzing research for an assigned programmatic area.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Leads project team staff to include assigning, monitoring work and providing direction. Varies 0-20%
  2. Conducts research and evaluates studies which include: identifying benchmark factors; developing survey instruments; conducting field surveys; selecting research design; determining appropriate assessment instruments; analyzing data to make recommendations, projections and assess potential implications; preparing related reports. Daily 30%
  3. Provides project oversight to include providing direction, reviewing reports and final approval for assigned areas of responsibility. Daily 20%
  4. Provides training on various research methods and techniques, software applications related to research, and related information.  Monthly 10%
  5. Represents the College in meetings and joint projects with various government, industry, and community officials and agencies; serves on various College committees.  Monthly 10%
  6. Collaborates with colleagues at other educational institutions and other administrative groups on various research endeavors and policy issues. Monthly 5%
  7. Contributes to various national, regional, and state professional associations by writing and reviewing publication articles and giving presentations; participates and serves on Boards and committees in the area of research design, methodology, and statistical analysis. Annually 5%
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Not applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Master's degree in a related field and three years of progressively responsible research experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  A doctorate degree is preferred.

Licensing/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • Current Arizona driver's license.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer programs
  • Research principles
  • Training techniques
  • Higher education planning issues
  • Current issues and trends in higher education
  • Research and statistical methodology
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Preparing a variety of reports
  • Analyzing research results and making appropriate recommendations
  • Public speaking
  • Giving presentations
  • Conducting training sessions
  • Using computers and software applications
  • Managing research activities
  • Interpreting data and identifying trends
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate/handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, or sorting/separating small parts.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Revised by Human Resources 03/05, 09/12, 04/16