Director of Research and Evaluation

San Diego
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Title: Director of Research and Evaluation
Department: School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Job# IRC23818

Job Description:
The Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education (IEE) is a non-profit, university-based research center at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Merging research and practice, in partnership with school districts we (re)design learning to close opportunity gaps in a changing world through our Innovative Teaching & Learning and World of Work initiatives.

IEE is committed to addressing a diverse range of educational and societal issues. By discovering and developing innovative models and solutions, the Institute seeks to inform practice through rigorous research and evaluation. The Director of Research and Evaluation (DRE) has both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from research team leadership to strategic partnerships and outreach to thought leadership in K-12 education. The DRE will help to increase the Institute's impact and visibility through an integrated approach to research, policy and practice. This position requires the DRE to engage both individually and collectively with research associates in research design and execution, publish in peer-reviewed and state-of-the-field publications, attend and present at conferences, and cultivate relationships with peer research institutions. The DRE will work closely with other Institute team members to build a research and practice agenda, attract and secure research funding, and cross market the Institute's shared services.

The DRE serves as a member of the Institute's Leadership Team, and will help to determine the strategic directions of the Institute. Additionally, the DRE works in coordination with the Assistant Director of Administration to oversee recruitment and hiring of Research employees, performance evaluations, professional development, and recognition efforts. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of the Institute. Exercises supervision over Research Associates, Post-Doctoral Scholars and other personnel, as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Research and Evaluation
• Oversee the timely creation of high quality research and evaluation products including proposals and budgets, design, IRB applications, reports, conference submittals, articles, white papers and other deliverables.
• Develop, supervise, coordinate, and assign the research and evaluation agenda.
• Lead research and evaluation projects and actively publish articles in peer-reviewed publications.
• Work closely with Leadership and Professional Learning Specialists, to align research, evaluation and learning services efforts.
• Work with the Leadership and Professional Learning Specialists to develop tools and intellectual property based on learning and insights from collaborative team efforts.
• Engage SOLES faculty to partner on Institute research and evaluation projects.
• Work in collaboration with the Communications and Project Development Specialist to increase visibility of research and evaluation projects via white papers and social media.
• Collaborate in efforts to develop education-related policies grounded in research.

Networking, Outreach and Business Development
•Establish a national footprint for the research team through attendance at national conferences both individually and collectively with the research team.
• Participate in research association memberships and establish and cultivate relationships with other research institutions.
• Collaborate with the Executive Director and research associates to cultivate relationships with program officers, clients and prospective clients and attract and secure funding.
• Collaborate with the Leadership and Professional Learning Team to connect with local schools and districts to help translate research into practice to support student learning.

Team Leadership
• In coordination with the Assistant Director of Administration, oversee hiring and recruitment of qualified research team members.
• Work closely with Administrative team on annual projections, staffing, and budgeting for the Research Associates and their projects.
• Oversee performance evaluations and lead goal setting, coaching and feedback, motivation and recognition for Research Associates and other Institute team members, as assigned.
• Support the Research Associates to publish in peer-reviewed and state-of-the-field publications, attend and present at conferences, and cultivate professional relationships that may lead to future collaborations and or new research opportunities.
• Facilitate project check-in meetings with project leads.
• Identify and encourage team members to participate in professional development opportunities to build the collective capacity of the organization.

Institute Leadership
• Serve as a thought partner to explore new growth areas, engage with potential partners, and assess the impact of our work.
• Serve as a leader to ensure a continued commitment to a focus on equity and innovation.
• Serve on the Institute's Leadership Team.
• Provide regular briefings to the Institute's Executive Director.
• Lead and participate in all-staff, Research and Evaluation, project specific, and other meetings as needed or assigned.
• Serve on Institute, SOLES and/or university committees as assigned.
• Represent Institute in a professional manner in all activities.
• Complete tasks—large and small—as needed to advance the work of the Institute.

• Doctoral degree in education or related field required.
• 7-10 years' experience as a researcher in education-related fields.
• Knowledge of K-12 education.
• Deep knowledge in one or more of the following areas is required: Education technology, innovation in K-12 teaching and learning, STEM education, college and career pathways, career readiness, and/or education policy.
• Successful candidates will also demonstrate familiarity with and/or interest in and ability to learn about the other areas listed above as well as related fields.
• Strong evidence of success in research and publication.
• Established history of peer-reviewed publications.
• Demonstrated ability to design and conduct social science research.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and write professional publications, grants, proposals, reports and white papers.
• Demonstrated ability to review, evaluate, and edit social science research deliverables.
• Demonstrated success in pursuing grant funding.
• Experience building, leading and mentoring a team in a collaborative work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships and work well with diverse stakeholders, including researchers, administrators, faculty, clients, and funders.
• Strong familiarity with K-12 settings required; experience working in the K-12 education and/or related fields preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate and respond to K-12 school and district requirements
• Demonstrated ability to present complex information to multiple audiences.
• Demonstrated ability to translate theory and research into practical application.
• Ability to manage one's time and productivity in a fluid, team oriented, work environment with a high level of initiative, creativity and flexibility.

Additional Work Demands
• This position will require occasional early mornings, evenings or weekend work hours based on administrative needs of the organization.
• This position will include approximately 10% regional, national or international travel and will require availability to travel as the needs of the organization arise.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

This is a full-time, temporary, benefit based position with an anticipated assignment end date of June 30, 2018. Appointment is renewable at the discretion of the University and dependent upon continued funding of research projects.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: June 30, 2017

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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