Sr Research Manager
The HOPE Center for College, Community and Justice, in Temple University's College of Education, is aimed at improving equitable outcomes in postsecondary education. The Center will help to make findings from basic science useful for practical applications that enhance college attainment and human well-being throughout the state, and in turn, the nation. Our goal is to help policymakers and practitioners (a) accurately state the costs of attending college, (b) ensure that families and students understand these costs, and (c) find effective ways to cover these costs that enhance degree completion rates as well as the personal and societal benefits of postsecondary education.
The Senior Research Manager will report to the founding and managing directors of the HOPE Center to craft, fundraise for, and lead mixed methods research studies to advance the Center's agenda, as well as to coordinate their production and dissemination with the Director for Community Engagement. Most of these studies will be multi-sited, longitudinal studies utilizing multiple data sources and collaboration with both colleges and external agencies. All will be high-profile externally-funded activities.
This Senior Research Manager will train, oversee and manage performance of a team of research staff (up to 10 people, including other PhDs) doing statistical programming, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of quantitative and qualitative results; navigating human subjects and legal approvals; and recruiting study participants.
The Senior Research Manager will prepare both public-facing and academic reports on the research studies, deliver presentations at seminars and conferences, and interface with the media about the Center's studies. Finally, the position will also work on translating research studies into policy and/or practice. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience:
PhD in a social science discipline: economics, sociology, political science, or psychology and at least 5 years of research experience studying higher education, conducting mixed methods research including rigorous quantitative analysis, managing research staff, and presenting research to both practitioner and policy audiences. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Required Skills & Abilities:
*Strong quantitative skills, including the conduct of experimental and quasi-experimental research designs
*Exemplary qualitative skills, including in-depth interviewing and focus groups.
*Strong applied research skills, including the application of research for policy analysis, program evaluation, and planning
*Strong leadership skills and ability to manage staff, deliver regular feedback and conduct performance reviews
*Expertise in access and success in higher education
*Strong writing skills
*Ability to work with colleges and universities to secure and utilize data
*Track record of securing external funding Preferred:
*Experience working on topics related to but external to higher education, including k-12 education or social policy *Background in policy analysis in addition to research
*Experience working directly with or in colleges and universities on research; public institutions preferred
*Experience developing data agreements and/or human subjects protocols
*Experience overseeing the work of graduate and undergraduate students
This position is grant funded.
This position requires a background check.