Senior Leader - Applied Research and Quantitative Methods (17.01)

Portland, Oregon, United States Full-time

Position Number 17.01

We are looking for a Senior Leader for our Center for Research, Evaluation and Analysis (CREA) to provide leadership on applied research and evaluation projects, with a particular focus on large-scale projects that use advanced quantitative methods. This role will oversee and lead projects, direct business development regionally and nationally, conduct quality assurance, and work with clients, stakeholders and research partners to help carry out the priorities of the organization. This role may also supervise a small group (5-7 people) of analytic research staff, depending on skills and interest.

The Center for Research, Evaluation, and Analysis contributes to the education knowledge base by conducting applied research projects and evaluations of educational programs and initiatives. This work ranges from measuring the effectiveness of individual school programs to analyzing statewide initiatives to carrying out large-scale experimental studies. In the past eight years, we have conducted more than 400 evaluations for schools, districts, states, nonprofit organizations, and foundations.

The Center team includes 37 staff members who bring a range of knowledge, skills, and expertise. They conduct systems-level formative, developmental evaluations that measure the context and evolution of systems and initiatives as they are implemented, adapted, and improved. They also lead numerous rigorous studies of programs, interventions, and policies that examine implementation and employ rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Major content areas of the Center’s research and evaluation projects include language and literacy programs, support for English learners, postsecondary and career readiness, family and community engagement, educational equity, collective impact initiatives, and school improvement. We also work in partnership with policymakers and practitioners to help them collect, analyze, interpret, and use research-based information to make sound decisions and improve the quality of education for all learners.


Supervisory Responsibility: May supervise a small group (5-7 people) of analytic research staff, depending on skills and interest

  • Oversee large-scale quantitative and mixed methods research projects from scoping and budgeting to negotiating with clients to managing project teams
  • Lead collaborative teams working to build the capacity of education leaders and other clients to use research evidence to improve educational outcomes for underserved populations
  • Manage projects to ensure all deliverables are completed on time and on budget
  • Provide guidance and oversight for staff in conceptualizing and conducting high-quality educational research studies and evaluations, with a particular focus on projects that use advanced quantitative approaches, including but not limited to experimental and quasi-experimental methods
  • Provide quality assurance at all phases of the quantitative research process to ensure analysis, reports and products are of the highest quality
  • Lead business development and generate new applied research and evaluation projects through partnership, proposal development, and grant writing
  • Develop and manage strategic relationships with stakeholders in the region and across the nation
  • Work as a member of the Center leadership team to implement and continually improve Center processes and procedures, including research administration, data security and quality assurance
  • Communicate to the broader professional community through published papers, research briefs, policy briefs, contributions to social and popular media, and presentations at regional and national conferences
  • Potentially supervise up to 7 researchers/senior researchers—depending on skills and interest
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Ideal Candidates will possess

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in education research, public policy, applied social science or a related field
  • 10+ years’ experience after earning doctorate degree in leading educational research and evaluation projects preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience and a successful track record writing proposals for research studies or evaluation work preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in advanced quantitative research and evaluation methods including knowledge of leading edge methods across multiple applied research disciplines
  • Demonstrated success in securing multi-million dollar research and evaluation portfolios through contracts and grants
  • Strong project management skills and experience scoping and directing large projects and/or project tasks ($500,000 or more)
  • Extensive experience managing multifunction and multilevel teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience building the capacity of diverse educational stakeholders including schools and districts, state and federal agencies, universities and university systems, policymakers, and/or community organizations
  • Expert knowledge in at least one of the following areas of focus: educator recruitment, retention and professional development, English learners, social and emotional learning, science, technology and mathematics (STEM) education and/or educational equity preferred
  • Experience and enthusiasm in working in culturally diverse environments with a commitment to equity
  • Knowledge of federal research and technical assistance programs in education and federal evidence standards including the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
  • Experience working in a professional services (billable hour) environment

Travel and Other Key Requirements

  • Up to 25% out-of-office travel with overnight stays of up to a week at a time
  • Reside in greater Portland, Oregon area or be willing to relocate


Please include the Position Number above and salary requirements in your cover letter.

Position will remain open until filled

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