RESEARCH DIRECTOR, School of Education, Curriculum & Teaching (5143/J1117)

Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The applied research component of the Weiss Institute is housed within the Center for Promise T Boston University School of Education and will be pursuing an ambitious agenda. The ideal candidate for the research director position will be a talented mixed-methods researcher who will work with the CfP executive director to fulfill the potential of the Institute and serve as a key member of the overall CfP team. The ideal candidate is passionate about reducing inequities in the United States and about promoting the academic, career, and life success of all children and youth. The candidate recognizes that there are no silver bullets to helping all children and youth; rather, that communities need to work collaboratively across organizations and across sectors toward their common goals. The ideal candidate also has an appreciation for taking a mixed-methodological approach to answering research questions, marshaling expertise in advanced statistical and qualitative skills and advanced qualitative skills. In addition, the candidate should be a highly motivated individual who can work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced, applied research environment. The candidate should be able to lead a team of researchers as well as work successfully as a team member of a team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Developing and implementing a learning agenda for cities engaging with the Weiss Institute Writing and editing reports for policy and practice audiences Supervising and mentoring a team of researchers, including graduate students Presenting research findings at national and international meetings Publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals and special interest publications Contributing to general project oversight and logistical management of the Weiss Institute research agenda

Required Skills

Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a social science field with a focus on developmental science (e.g., psychology, sociology, human development, family studies, education) with at least 3 years of post-doctoral research experience (more senior candidates are encouraged to apply) Knowledge of mixed-methods designs implemented in community settings Expertise in advanced quantitative statistical methods, such as structural equation modeling, fixed-effects/multi-level modeling, and longitudinal analysis Demonstrated interest and commitment to work in youth development Enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and application of findings to policy and practice Excellent writing ability and publication record Ability and willingness to work productively in a fast-paced and often demanding environment, with deadlines Experience working in a team environment Excellent interpersonal skills Experience with project management is a plus Flexibility in work hours and availability for travel Application Submission and Timeline Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two to three publications, and the names and contact information of three references.