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Current IPG Positions

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) has a graduate assistant/student wage position open beginning Summer 2021 to support a current evaluation and research grants.  The summer position will be  a probationary period and with positive performance will continue  through the Fall 2021 Semester with a full 20 hour GA position with tuition remission.  The Incumbent will assist with data entry and management, program evaluation and outcome reporting for federally funded community-based projects, as well as other community-based projects . The position may be extended through the spring semester based on performance and funding availabili

Main job responsibilities include:

  • Entering data into the project’s on-line data system on a weekly basis
  •  Assisting with trouble shooting data collection and processing issues
  • Offering support in the development of training materials, presentations and outcomes reporting
  • Providing periodic summaries of data collection activity
  • Supporting other community-based projects as necessary

Required qualifications:

Ability to transfer data accurately and efficiently from the project's digital data collection tool to the project's Federal level, web-based data system, meeting time sensitive deadlines.

Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ability to prioritize responsibilities, function well under pressure, pay attention to detail, work as part of a team, as well as independently, show initiative, and meet deadlines.

Interest in working with data and being part of a data management team; and translating data into outcome results for multiple audiences, using descriptive level, summary statistics. Must have at least basic level knowledge of EXCEL with a desire to learn higher level EXCEL skills (PIVOT table reporting) and utilization of infographic design platforms such as Canva.

The GRA will work closely with the data team who reports to and  works closely with the project’s data manager, Liz Allen, Research Associate, IPG.   The project’s Principle Investigator is Mary Beth Dunkenberger, Associate Director, IPG. If you are interested, please email a cover letter (detailing how your experiences and skill set match the job qualifications) and your resume by April 30, 2021 to Liz Allen at lizallen@vt.edu.

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is hiring for a graduate assistant/student wage position beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, with potential to renew in Spring 2022 and beyond, depending on student performance and funding. The position will provide primary logistical and program support for the Community Change Collaborative (CCC) and will assist with other tasks for community-based research projects.

Main job responsibilities include:

  • Work with Community Change Collaborative (CCC) officers in planning weekly meetings and discussions, field trips, film showings, speaker events, and faculty forums. Attend all CCC meetings and co-facilitate where needed.
  • Support the submission of grant proposals for CCC event and projects.
  • Represent CCC/IPG at conferences, symposia, and other events, as well as contribute to (and occasionally take the lead in developing) papers, social media, newsletter content, and publications to showcase CCC’s work.
  • Coordinate activities between CCC and its affiliated, graduate student-run, peer-reviewed journal, Community Change.
  • Contribute to literature reviews and data collection and/or analysis for sponsored research projects related to community and international development, public health, and sustainability at a variety of analytical scales.

Required qualifications:

Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ability to prioritize work responsibilities, pay attention to detail, work as part of a team as well as independently, show initiative, and meet deadlines. Logistical follow-through is required on a regular basis throughout the semester.

Keen interest in interdisciplinary programs and community-oriented projects is essential. Experience with mixed research methods and community-based praxis also desired.

The GA will work closely with Professor Max Stephenson, Director of IPG, Mary Beth Dunkenberger, Associate Director of IPG and Lara Nagle, Community-Based Projects Manager.  If you are interested, please email a cover letter (detailing how your experiences and skillset match the job qualifications) and your resume in PDF format by May 1, 2021 to Heather Parrish at parrish1@vt.edu.