The Policy Evaluation and Research Center (PERC) conducts and disseminates research on quality and equity in education. As a research project manager, you will be part of a team that focuses on expanding access, elevating achievement and increasing attainment with a focus on high school through the workforce. Our work informs the public about education policy, learning and assessment.
We are looking for a candidate who has a policy research background in at least one of these topics:
- The need for sustainable funding models for student access, persistence and completion in higher education, particularly via College Promise programs;
- Expanding student awareness, access, persistence and completion of graduate and first professional education and subsequent workforce opportunities;
- Transitioning from traditional measures of capturing and presenting student achievements (transcripts, courses, grades and GPA) to Comprehensive Learner Records
We look forward to learning about your research skills and experience and their connections to our work.
BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- At a proficient level, plan, organize, and facilitate the execution of all aspects of research project work (e.g., resources, scope, timeline, budget, etc.).
- Anticipate, elicit and identify project issues or concerns; consider values, risks, and impact of actions when developing actionable recommendations for solving project issues and concerns.
- Define work objectives, plans, priorities and deadlines and delegate complex tasks. Develop, evaluate, recommend and implement changes and modifications to enhance the quality and/or cost effectiveness of research studies.
- Identify and recommend changes to policies, procedures, and processes that have an impact on research studies.
- Plan, participate, and often lead external meetings with research partners
Functional / Technical Skills:
- Serve as a technical partner with senior staff in proposing, planning, designing and implementing research studies and projects.
- Has proficient knowledge and demonstrated expertise in several functional/technical areas (education policy, data analysis and management, quantitative methodologies and analysis, stakeholder recruitment) The functional/technical knowledge is methodological in nature and can be applied to a variety of projects or aspects of projects (e.g. advise on, design and develop data analysis plans; perform, interpret and revise analyses of data, including utilizing specialized statistical programs; advise on, synthesize and interpret results; advise on, design and prepare charts, tables, figures, and graphics for reports and presentations).
- Review completed work of RAs and RPMs to verify technical soundness and adherence to policies and deadlines
Communication (Internal / External):
- Communicate with internal and external stakeholders both orally and in writing using language and terminology relevant to the specific discipline and/or research methodology, and appropriate for the intended stakeholders.
- Identify and address communication issues within projects.
- Collaborate on proposals, manuscripts, and presentations with senior staff.
- Review oral and written communication of junior staff and detect and address communication issues.
- Provide review for proposals, reports, and presentations.
- Coach, mentor, and motivate staff in a fair and consistent manner to achieve goals, providing specific feedback, growth, and development opportunities.
- Lead a team of direct reports and/or a cross-functional project team to successful completion of a standard research project.
Experience and Skills
A Master's or higher degree in a discipline in which ETS holds a research interest (e.g., education, public policy, measurement, statistics).
Eight years of progressively responsible research management experience are necessary.
Other Requirements (Specialized skill sets, behavioral/technical):
- Knowledge of experimental and quasi-experimental designs
- Familiarity with mixed-methods research
- Facility with quantitative and qualitative analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, R, NVivo)
- Ability to evaluate data and the reasonableness of analysis outcomes
- Strong verbal and written communication skills (including experience writing reports or white papers)
- Proficiency in office/productivity software
- High learning agility