Practitioner Researcher - Hope Center

Job description

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University is seeking a practitioner-researcher to join our growing team. As a mission-driven organization we take seriously the importance of rigorous research, engagement, communication activities, and advocacy. Our diverse team is committed to communities that demand affordable, accessible, high-quality education from high school through higher education and beyond. Our teammates demonstrate why #RealCollege matters: we have collectively lived the challenges of navigating government bureaucracy and cash-strapped colleges, experienced the trauma and perils of living without financial stability, and experienced marginalization along nearly every possible line.

The Hope Center seeks a practitioner-researcher who is passionate about addressing structural inequality and racial disparities and committed to joining a team that gets into what John Lewis called “good trouble” on a regular basis.

The practitioner-researcher will report to the Director of Policy and Advocacy to support the Hope Center’s ability to promote a comprehensive understanding of the higher education and basic needs of parenting students. They will also work with the Director of Policy and advocacy on the development, management, and advancement of the Hope Center’s policy efforts to improve outcomes for parenting students.

At the direction of the Director of Policy and Advocacy the practitioner-researcher may be a visible spokesperson and representative of the Hope Center and will be expected to develop the formats for high-level meetings and briefings, and track policy developments. This person will also contribute to the growth of networks and partnerships and may represent and present the Hope Center’s work to partners, funders, and stakeholders.

The position will involve a mix of research, analysis, and writing and will ensure that the Hope Center’s research and communications efforts are tightly connected to the needs of communities of parenting students, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders. These projects will build awareness and impact positive changes about the challenges facing vulnerable populations with an emphasis on parenting students. The practitioner-researcher will create practitioner-focused materials, including policy briefs, presentations, and other deliverables. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of directly related experience. Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in higher education issues facing parenting student’s policy as well as key challenges facing relevant stakeholders. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Commitment to The Hope Center’s mission
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and independently.
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skill
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent project management skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Maturity, professionalism and poise and excellent judgment
  • Open to feedback and professional development
  • Capable of “managing up” to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Integrity; respect for confidential information
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Experience working with higher education students and leaders.
  • Experience with Asana, Slack, and/or Drobox
This is a grant funded position.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Jones Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular




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Posted: 6/6/2021
Application Due: 8/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time