Director, Center for Policy Research and Strategy

Washington D.C., United States
May 29, 2014
Position Summary: As a member of its core leadership team and with a strong emphasis on quantitative methods, contribute to the development, management, and execution of a new policy research agenda for ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy whose mission is to produce thought leadership at the intersection of public policy and institutional strategy. The Director will provide leadership and technical and content expertise to the Center’s research team and to the organization at large and will lead quantitative analyses and communicate findings to internal and external audiences. Responsibilities include the training and supervision of two Center researchers and three full-time doctoral students on a project-by-project basis to ensure high quality, rigorous research and its timely and thoughtful delivery. Primary areas of research include diversity and equity in higher education; public policy and higher education with an emphasis on finance and financial aid; and transformational leadership in postsecondary settings. Deep working knowledge and experience with national datasets is necessary, as is the ability to communicate across audiences and work in a fast-paced, multifunctional and dynamic team setting. ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation's higher education institutions, provides leadership and a unifying voice on higher education issues, and influences public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. We are conveniently located near the Dupont Circle Metro in downtown DC. We offer highly competitive salaries, an impressive benefits package, and a dynamic and collegial working environment. Essential Job Duties or Tasks: 1.Work with the Assistant Vice President to manage the day to day operation of the Center for Policy Research and Strategy. 2.Provide quantitative methods expertise and supervise quantitative and qualitative analyses conducted in support of CPRS’ research agenda and the short- and long-term research needs of other ACE divisions including: Government and Public Affairs, Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, Leadership Programs, and Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. 3.Oversee research projects and train and supervise research staff. 4.Supervise and monitor the progress of full-time graduate research associates. 5.Lead and contribute to the generation of external products such as research reports and briefs, fact sheets, and opinion pieces for institutional leadership and policy audiences. 6.Represent ACE at conferences and meetings and serve on external working groups. Education/Experience/Specialized Knowledge and Competency Requirements: •Minimum of ten years’ experience in higher education policy research setting; PhD required. •Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate research findings to both expert and lay audiences. •Demonstrated experience conducting analysis with NCES and other federal databases using quantitative analysis software. •Ability to easily adapt, learn and work within new datasets and with new technical tools. •Experience leading and supervising complex projects and project teams. •Strong writing abilities with substantive contributions to the field. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume as one document during the online application process. The American Council on Education is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/D/V