Now hiring: Director of Research Partnerships
The Community Center for Education Results (CCER), which supports the Road Map Project initiative, is seeking a Director of Research Partnerships to lead strategy and applied research that centers community and boldly leads with race. The Director will develop research partnerships and collaborative efforts between community and local researchers. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on leader and researcher, steeped in mixed-methods, qualitative and quantitative approaches, with the ability to lead teams and support staff and interns while working with an array of partners (community, university, districts, local government). The candidate will also demonstrate an understanding of the current challenges and opportunities that persist in education in the Road Map Project region and take strong initiative around liberatory frameworks and anti-racist methods to shift power to students and communities.
The Director of Research Partnerships will report directly to the Senior Director of Community and Family Engagement and will lead the Research Team that works in close collaboration with the Data Team as well as the Community and Family Engagement, Communications, and Impact Teams, and other CCER staff and Road Map Project partners. The Director of Research Partnerships will work with members from their own team (to be developed), as well as CCER staff and external partners. CCER maintains a longitudinal education data warehouse that includes de-identified kindergarten through college student academic data for students who have attended K-12 in any of the seven Road Map Project districts since 2010 (N ~ 400,000), and also maintains data from other sources (e.g., school system and survey data). The team uses predictive analysis, mixed-methods, data science, and develops reporting tools to examine racial equity in the education system and support local continuous improvement.
ABOUT CCER AND THE ROAD MAP PROJECT
CCER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2010 to staff and support the Road Map Project—a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. Through multisector collaboration with hundreds of organizations and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to increase equitable policies and practices in education systems to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps, and for 70 percent of the region’s youth to earn a college degree or career credential by 2030.
The Director of Research Partnerships will work collaboratively with community, local researchers and education system leaders to define questions and lead research that supports efforts to improve the education system. The role will bring research strategy and leadership, mixed-methods, qualitative and/or quantitative research expertise, writing and communication skills to support advocacy and system improvement efforts. The essential functions of this position are:
- Strategic development of a research agenda that supports a long-term vision while being responsive to emerging efforts
- Develop trusting and effective research partnerships across students, families, community organizations, researchers, practitioners, and other community members
- Collaborate with community-led groups and research partners to develop and define research questions, build sustaining partnerships, and co-lead research projects that ensure multiple community feedback loops
- Develop and implement appropriate mixed-method, qualitative and/or quantitative research approach in support of research goals
- Co-lead data and research reports, briefs, and blog posts
- Manage research projects — developing project plans, providing delegation, oversight and review, and technical assistance as needed
- Produce compelling and adaptive research writing, communications and data-to-action convenings; effectively presenting complex findings that can reach parents and students, policy makers, funders, practitioners, and researchers
- Provide innovative approaches to research and measurement — collaborating closely with team members to identify potential data sets, and develop new measures, reporting products and presentations of results
- Lead research function, providing strategic direction, supervision, and mentorship, as well as offering consultation to internal and external teams
- Seek grants or other funding sources to support efforts that align with CCER’s data and research principles
- Demonstrated personal commitment to anti-racism work with an understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by communities concerning race, ethnicity, age, class, ability, immigration status, gender, etc.—and their intersections
- Extensive research experience with skills in qualitative and mixed methods study design (e.g. Community Based Participatory Research, survey design, leading focus groups, qualitative coding), and sufficient knowledge of quantitative statistics to support inference and statistician oversight
- Knowledgeable and consistently up to date on current research and national literature, with experience conducting literature reviews to inform analytic approaches
- Adaptive and effective communication, writing, and presentation skills, including the ability to present complex information in an understandable and compelling manner for school- and community-based audiences, and the ability to communicate from a student-centered perspective
- Experience managing teams — setting strategic direction, providing effective delegation and project management, and offering formative advising and mentorship
- Strong local relationships and/or the capacity to build and maintain external partnerships across communities including students, parents, community groups/leaders, researchers, universities, practitioners, districts, agencies, and funders
- Ability to work as part of a team, including reviewing code written by other team members, clearly communicating methods and knowledge, and demonstrating flexibility in picking up and sharing workload on a changing portfolio of projects
- Demonstrated experience using statistical packages for analyzing large datasets (R, Python, STATA, SAS, LISRL, SPSS, etc.)
- Deep experience in the field of education, with a preference for expertise in learning measurement, school finance, staffing and administration, special education, or discipline
- Experience in applying for national research grants
- Demonstrated proficiency with SQL querying and manipulating data in relational database systems
- Strong experience using GitHub
- Bilingual or multilingual
- Connections to the Road Map Project region, with a preference for representatives of the region
Currently the position is remote. CCER offices are located in Pacific Towers: 1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 701 Seattle, WA 98144
The salary range for this position is $100k – 120k annually, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package, including health, vision, dental and life insurance as well as a 401k plan with employer match. CCER is an equal opportunity employer.
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Apply by Oct. 31, 2021.
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