First Mid Mgr Maryland, Bethesda, MD, US | Remote Offsite, Bethesda, MD, US | North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, US | Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US
Requisition ID: 1523
Child Trends is seeking a passionate leader to guide the Education Research program area into its next era of work. The Education Research area aims to identify and support the educational policies, programs, and structures that create positive conditions for learning that help youth of all backgrounds flourish throughout their education and beyond. The team’s current areas of research priorities include school climate, school discipline, school health and wellness (including mental health), educational equity (including for LGBTQ youth), and post-secondary climate and supports.
This position is an opportunity for a researcher with expertise in creating healthy and supportive school environments (e.g., physical health, mental health, school climate, social and emotional learning) and experience leading major education research and technical assistance initiatives to lead a passionate group of 20 scientists, technical assistance specialists, research analysts, and assistants to apply our tools—data, research, and evaluation— to improve the lives and prospects of children and youth.
We’re looking for a leader who understands this moment in time and understands how to see and seize the opportunities this moment offers. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience developing and funding research and technical assistance projects. This person should want to bring people together, but also to bring them—with urgency—toward change. Equity must be at the center of this leader’s approach.
Come become a leader in an organization nationally known to impact policymakers and practitioners alike through our clear, concise, and compelling communications. Want to change the world through your research? We offer you not just a national loudspeaker, but a workplace that maximizes flexibility and uses teamwork to focus on your strengths and achieve your mission. We offer enormously flexibility and have consistently won great place to work awards because we know that you achieving your mission means that we are achieving ours.
If you don’t meet our criteria exactly but think you’d be great, please submit and tell us why in your cover letter.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Typical program area directors in other areas spend most time (about 60%) leading all aspects of major research, evaluation, or technical assistance projects from designing studies to overseeing execution, e.g., as a principal investigator or project director. Developing new ideas and leading proposals to fund that work takes about 25% of their time, and the remainder, about 15%, is spent in activities directly related to program area leadership and management.
Typical Program Area Director duties and responsibilities include:
Uphold and model the values of the organization
Lead the external-facing vision for the program area
Represent the area at key stakeholder meetings
Seek to build the program area in ways that support the needs of the field
Oversee and coordinate thought leadership plan with senior staff
Assess impact and modify approaches accordingly
Foster a great-place-to-work environment for all staff
Oversee staffing including hiring, ensuring equity, and addressing performance issues quickly
Ensure projects in area do not over/under spend non-fixed price awards & proposal budgets
Ensure quality control including equity reviews across the program area
Ensure adequate replacement business (e.g., ensuring sufficient size and number of proposals)
Support effective and equitable staffing (working with HR and DEI Director)
Serve as principal investigator or project director for one or more projects
Lead teams to write proposals, conceptualize work, and negotiate and draft budgets.
Meet with clients regularly (outside team members) to ensure all is going well.
This position reports to the vice president overseeing the area.
10+ Years of success doing similar work, with increasing responsibilities (please provide data); we are particularly interested in ability to create a great place to work in very similar environments
Demonstrated thought leadership within the field, particularly around topics of education equity, school health and mental health, school climate, and/or social and emotional learning; individual must have made a significant contribution through her or his research to the field, policy, or program practices;
Demonstrated success winning proposals, ideally from both government and foundation funders and both contracts and grants.
Extensive experience with and understanding of federal government contracting;
Expertise in designing evaluations and research studies;
Deep knowledge of the U.S. education system including federal and state policy
Either an advanced degree (e.g., PhD in relevant field) or equivalent knowledge gained from reading and experience
Proven skills at management of a research team (consistent on-time, within budget work);
Demonstrated communications achievements (e.g., notable research papers, effective white papers).
How to Apply: Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) childtrends.org and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!
Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.
Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply.