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|Job Title:||National Education Association (NEA)|
|Organization:||Director of Research, #H002|
|Region:||DC Metro Region|
|Description:||The National Education Association (NEA)is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NEA proudly claims more than 3 million members devoted to the following mission: to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education by preparing every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Our vision is a great public school for every student. We strive to improve the quality of teaching, to increase student achievement, and to make schools safer and better places to learn.
The Research Department is part of the NEA Center for Great Public Schools (CGPS), and its primary function is to support the ongoing activities of the CGPS by conducting surveys and policy research, developing current and historical trend data sets, and providing analyses that support the CGPS' work of identifying, developing and promoting policies and practices that define a quality education profession. The Research Department evaluates practices, identifies successful policies that improve schools and student learning, and provides comprehensive analyses of national, state and district policies from a research framework. Finally, the Research Department serves as a resource to NEA and state affiliates seeking to decipher, and respond to, research claims made on behalf of various public policy initiatives. The Director of the Research Department reports to the Director of the CGPS and oversees a staff of 29 employees.
Applications are now being accepted. Internal applicants must apply by May 29, 2012. External applicants may apply until the position is filled. Interested candidates should apply online at www.nea.org/jobs. A resume, references, writing sample and written test are required of all applicants.
The National Education Association is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.
-Ph.D. or Ed. D in Education, Sociology, Economics, Statistics or related disciplines or equivalent experience required.
-A minimum of seven years NEA state association or professional research experience required, with experience conducting/managing data analysis, writing research papers, reports and issue briefs, applying research to strategic planning, problem-solving and decision making, or working in database development, data retrieval, and data presentation software.
-At least three years of executive-level experience preferred.
-Proven knowledge and comfort with quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics, and other inferential techniques and ability to apply complex data to practical situations.
-Proven knowledge and experience translating complex research articles, concepts, theories, and paradigms both for presentation to lay people and for use in advocacy.
-Superlative analytical, written and presentation skills including proven expertise in writing for professional and scholarly publications, and expertise in in speaking to multiple audiences with appropriate media aids.
-Proven ability to manage complex relationships with federal officials, private sector firms, nonprofit foundations, consultants and other organizations.
-Proven experience developing and managing a research budget.
-Proven ability to lead a highly credentialed diverse team of research professionals and consultants in pursuit of organizational goals.
-Effective skills in supervision, decision-making, oral/written communications, policy analysis, interpersonal relations, team building, and collaboration.
-Manages and oversees the Research Department including directing, organizing and setting the agenda for the work of the Department, overseeing staff, setting the Department budget, and analyzing/evaluating the effectiveness of Department work processes and products.
-Ensures that the Department provides timely and expert technical assistance, analysis and advice to NEA and state affiliates in an array of areas including membership dues calculation, international education questions, state tax structures, economic development, school funding, statistical analysis, methodological techniques, substantive education/school reform content questions, survey development/reports.
-Ensures that the Department timely tracks and reports upon current developments in Research that may impact the work of CGPS, NEA and state affiliates. Ensures that the Department, based on the current research landscape, can quickly and comprehensively critique and provide responses to national, state and local initiatives.