The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University seeks a Senior Research Manager to oversee and further develop the analytical work of Proving Ground and the Strategic Data Project (SDP). CEPR partners with school districts, charter school networks, and state education agencies to bring high quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions. We believe that (1) policy and management decisions directly influence the ability of schools and teachers to improve student achievement; and (2) valid and reliable data analysis significantly improves the quality of decision-making. We design our work around the theory of action that if we are able to bring together the right people, the right data, and the right analysis, then significantly better decision-making – as measured by student results – will occur.
The Senior Research Manager will report to CEPR's Director of Research and will oversee a team of Research Analysts.
Key responsibilities for the Senior Research Manager include: - Lead analytics across multiple projects and across the research life cycle including the establishment of research questions, design of the study, grant writing, collection of data, analysis, and writing of reports and academic papers. - Lead a team of faculty and researchers in developing postsecondary diagnostic analyses and tools. These analyses will support districts in piloting and testing interventions and support SDP fellows in conducting key student success analyses. Analyses will target salient and actionable questions. - Manage research analysts, coach SDP fellows, and lead workshops. This includes training and mentoring research analysts to develop their research and professional skills, as well as leading group learning experiences for fellows. - Provide technical training to analysts and fellows on research methods and selection of an appropriate statistical method. Plan and lead joint meetings of the research team, project directors, and principal investigators. - Working closely with executive leadership and principal investigators, further develop ideas and strategies for new projects, including identifying funding sources and designing the research for those projects. - Manage the successful execution of research projects by developing work plans, meeting key project deadlines and coordinating work for current and future CEPR projects. - Build trusting, professional relationships with internal collaborators, including data administration staff, program staff, and principal investigators. - Ensure the quality and reproducibility of the research by designing rigorous studies, identifying threats to the study design, reviewing statistical programming and output to identify errors and anomalies, and developing protocols for documenting and checking analytic work. - Perform complex statistical programming when needed.
- Contribute to and create research reports and academic publications. Present analytical findings and methods at meetings and/or conferences.
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Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Advanced degree (masters or higher) in education, public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field. 2+ years management responsibility and demonstrated ability to lead a team. 5+ years experience in quantitative research (including graduate coursework and research) with responsibility for data management and cleaning, analysis, and report writing. Experience with statistical programming and analysis in Stata and/or R and willingness to learn another software package.
Candidates wishing to be considered must submit a resume, cover letter, and sample research article or report. All candidates invited to interview will be asked to complete a memo based on a case study for their phone interview and present their research to the team. This position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.
Additional Qualifications: PhD in quantitative methods for social sciences strongly preferred. Experience in higher education data landscape and working with postsecondary data sets. Facility in leading both group learning experiences, as well as providing individual coaching and support. Ability to teach, support, and/or train others in analysis, the use of data tools, and programming. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, in particular an ability to communicate technical topics to non-technical audiences.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 52970BR
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