At the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University (CEPR) our mission is to transform education through the power of quality and evidence. We believe that if we want to dramatically improve educational outcomes for all children, evidence must play a critical role. To support education leaders, we generate relevant and accessible research; develop technical and organizational capacity within education agencies to uncover and use evidence; and create a community of schools and systems dedicated to using evidence.
CEPR Research Manager will be part of a growing team at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. The Research Manager will be a key member of the CEPR team, helping education leaders around the country to learn what's working and what's not in education.
The Research Manager's primary responsibility is to work, as part of a team, to conduct analyses that support the work of Center, including assessing the effectiveness of school level interventions (e.g., education software, afterschool programs) and strategies. The Research Manager will be deeply engaged in CEPR's Proving Ground Project as well as the research associated with the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (a federally funded national center).
Duties & Responsibilities: Core responsibilities include managing data, designing and conducting analyses, and collaborating with staff across CEPR to meet key project deadlines. Other duties include the following.
Lead the development of new analyses, including designing an analytic plan based on the review of data and determining appropriate analyses;
Guide and teach others in the appropriate use of statistical methods;
Engage in conversations with faculty, principal investigators, and senior researchers, and accurately interpret and act on recommendations for next steps; and
Quickly identify anomalies in the results and conduct further analyses to explain anomalies.
Perform complex programming tasks;
Teach others in formal and informal settings;
Apportion programming tasks to improve efficiency of the team;
Ensure code is appropriately quality controlled; and
Oversee documentation of code.
Partner Relations and Communications:
Participate in presenting key research findings to internal and external academic and non‐academic audiences; and
Contribute to drafting reports and presentations for partner leadership, including school boards, superintendents, and principals
Teamwork and Management:
Manage successful completion of significant portions of larger projects including:
Developing work plans,
Ensuring work meets highest quality standards,
Producing presentations and reports,
Coordinating PIs and/or project directors, and
Working with external partners (districts, organizations, etc.);
Manage timeline, identifies issues and exceptions early, develops plans to mitigate (with PI/project director)
Serve as project hub for research projects – keep communication flowing between PI/director, analysts, external partners, and CEPR administration; ensure sufficient time created with team for problem solving and analytical discussions;
Serve as project director for long‐term engagements with school districts, state agencies, and other education organizations;
Work with Center leadership to assemble project teams, ensuring highest and best use of individual skills and talents;
Create project timelines and time‐to‐completion;
Train, develop and supervise junior staff;
Maintain open and clear communication with PI / project director;
Collaborate with CEPR leadership, Harvard faculty, and partner agency staff to continually refine analytic work products; and
Contribute to the development of new projects and proposals.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
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About the Harvard Graduate School of Education:
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community which values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, economics, statistics, computer science or a related field, prior to starting in the position;
At least 5 plus years of professional work experience; relevant coursework may count towards this experience;
Experience with staff management; and
Strong facility with STATA or R.
All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume / CV to be considered.
All candidates invited for interview will be asked to complete a memo based on a case study for their phone interview, and submit a sample computer program (e.g., STATA code, R code, etc.).
All candidates invited for a phone interview will be required to submit a memo and complete a presentation based on a second case study.
This position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.
Experience working with data of varying quality and from varied source systems;
Knowledgeable of statistical methods and their appropriate uses;
Able to identify methodological challenges, and have the capacity to resolve them or raise the issues to the appropriate level;
Able to synthesize and present findings to both technical and non‐technical audiences;
Able to describe methods to both technical and non‐technical audiences, including trade‐offs between methods;
Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions;
Experience working with (or in) education or the public sector preferred;
Demonstrated success managing completion of full research projects a plus;
Knowledge of enterprise data management systems /tools a plus;
Familiarity with Python a plus; and
Masters or doctorate degree strongly preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Relocation expenses are negotiable.
Internal Number: 48928BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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