Job description

JOB NO.: 96475-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time

Department: EDUC/WCER

Location: Madison

Categories: Management/Supervisory, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 96475-AS

Working Title: Director of Research, Policy and Evaluation


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: FEBRUARY 01, 2019

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $70,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. required in education, psychology, sociology or related field; additional post-doctoral training preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

* Minimum of 2 years of experience working with state or national data sets.
* Minimum of 2 years of experience securing external research and funding and leading research studies as principal investigator (PI); additional experience conducting evaluation and technical assistance projects in K-12 contexts preferred.
* Minimum of 2 years of experience teaching English as a second language or bilingual education in K-12 schools.
* Sound knowledge of federal and state policy related to English learners.
* Sound knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodology.
* Strong communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentation.
* History of publications in peer-reviewed journals, preferably in education.
* Familiar with parametric and non-parametric statistical analyses and mixed model approaches to analyzing educational data as well as familiarity with common psychometric approaches to assessment development.
* Experience leading teams, mentoring colleagues and working in a collaborative, independent environment.
* Demonstrated understanding not only of current rigorous research methods and approaches, but also of working with school, district, state and/or federal officials to translate research to practice (and problems of practice to research).
* Demonstrated ability to develop new business, including conceptualizing, developing and writing proposals for government and foundation clients.
* Experience negotiating and collaborating effectively with stakeholders, customers, partners and funders.
* Demonstrated ability to deal with a broad range of project management responsibilities including staffing, finance and quality assurance.
* Demonstrated capacity as a self-starter, and as an innovative and strategic thinker interested in building a strong education research practice within a larger established organization.

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to the WIDA Project (, a leader in the development of products and services intended to support the needs of English language learners (ELLs) and their educators. This position will direct WIDA's Research, Policy and Evaluation department. Reporting to the Executive Director, this role is responsible for overseeing research activities within WIDA and will be responsible for developing an agenda for externally facing research, policy and evaluation in keeping with the mission of WIDA, WCER and the UW School of Education.

Given the scope of work for this role, the position will be required to live in or relocate to the Madison area (no option to work remotely). Visit for more information on what Madison has to offer.

WIDA has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself and as a valuable means of success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Additional Information:


Franchesca Beswick
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to Dr. Timothy Boals, current resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: Nov 1 2018 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Nov 29 2018 11:55 PM Central Standard Time





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Posted: 11/2/2018
Application Due: 11/30/2018
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