Education Research Director

Education Research Director

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Research for Action Inc
September 18, 2023
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Alison Murawski


Research For Action (RFA) is looking for two Research Directors to build and lead two newly restructured and collaborative education research departments that apply a wide range of culturally responsive and community-informed research approaches in education to identify, explore, support, and evaluate initiatives that aim to promote systems change for the advancement of racial equity and social justice. The Research Directors will be responsible for developing and overseeing a portfolio of mission-aligned education research projects within their departments, spanning pre-K through postsecondary, and for leading a collaborative team of diverse researchers in its execution through human-centered and equitable management practices. They will provide day-to-day leadership for their department and project teams. Reporting directly to the Chief Research Officer (CRO), Research Directors are key members of RFA’s leadership structure who actively contribute to developing organizational strategies that further advance RFA’s mission internally and externally and serve as a critical liaison between research team members and leadership. The Research Directors will play an integral role in refining the goals and strategy of their new departments through a highly collaborative and inclusive process. Candidates for these positions thrive in dynamic environments and are able to capitalize on the opportunities that come with uncertainty. They bring a strong commitment and toolkit to apply critical and equitable approaches to research, a strong asset-based approach to management, and a complementary set of research skills and expertise.

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How To Apply

Applications for these positions will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Complete an application online with the following documents: •A resume •A cover letter explaining your interest in the position that answers the following three questions: •What personal and professional skills and experiences have you gained that make you interested in this position and a good fit for it? •How would you describe your commitment to equity and/or social justice as it relates to RFA’s mission? How does this commitment translate to 1) your research, and 2) how you support and manage researchers? • In your opinion, how can educational research contribute to systems change in the US? What parts of that process are most exciting to you and would draw most on your strengths and passions as an education researcher and departmental leader?

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