American Reading Company seeks and energetic, visionary leader to serve as Director of Research focusing on cultivating a research portfolio and the resultant infrastructure for a growing organization committed to results. The Director will work collaboratively with other leaders within the organization as well as school districts, state agencies, and other entities.
The Research Director will be responsible for designing, planning, and executing education research projects in consultation with colleagues. They will also design research approaches; guide data collection, perform quantitative and qualitative analyses; write and present reports for various audiences; draw inferences for policy and practice; and provide training and technical assistance as needed. This position must also be able to develop and write proposals. This position may function as principal investigator/project director for research projects, including managing research analysts or writers and will sometimes serve as a point person for communication between research partners or with school districts.
Based in Blue Bell, PA, American Reading Company (ARC) is an educational services company serving over a quarter million students in 50 states, partnering with districts across the country since 1998 to foster independent reading and ensure academic success. ARC is a mission-driven company, providing language arts solutions, including the best, most diverse collections on the market in English and Spanish K-12. We are a high growth, triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit), and 100% solar-powered organization.
Core Areas of Leadership
1. Mission and Values Alignment:
Commitment to ensuring that all students read on or above grade level.
2. Applied Research Expertise:
7-10 years relevant leadership and development experience in applied K-12 education research and field-based research projects focused on literacy, assessment, leadership, school improvement, or a related area.
Experience working in a K-12 education setting or state education agency a plus, but not required.
Knowledge of and experience with research design and analytic methods for causal inference, quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and implementation or process research.
Experience with primary data collection and data management. Proficiency in quantitative or qualitative analytic methodologies, including software utilization (e.g., SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo, Dedoose, etc.)
Knowledgeable about data management and security.
3. Thought Leadership and Partnerships:
Research expertise in K-12 education, as evidenced through publications, presentations, and overall body of work.
Proven track record of winning competitive contracts/grants from various funding organizations (e.g., federal, state, and local governments and foundations). IES and experience with other ED offices is also valued.
Outstanding communicator who demonstrates the ability to translate research to a wide array of audiences and to build relationships with various external constituents, including LEAS, SEAs, ED, nonprofit organizations, and other research organizations.
4. Inclusive System Builder:
Relationship-driven leader with strong interpersonal skills, desire to work in a team-oriented environment, and ability to collaborate with across the organization.
Track record of effectively leading a complex array of initiatives and leveraging strengths across multiple teams and resources.
Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals.
Consultative problem-solving approach, including comfort with completing multiple iterations before a report or project is finalized.
Experience with developing organizational capacity including research portfolio development, project management, relationships, and research publications.
- Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Cultivates the organization’s research portfolio and the necessary systems and structures to support it.
- Develops or participates in developing research topics, proposals, budgets, and research design.
- Serves as project director/principal investigator for one or more projects.
- Designs methodology for quantitative and/or qualitative data collections and analyses to answer research questions and/or evaluate programs.
- Building the capacity for increasing automation of data collection, management, reporting, and visualization.
- Developing visualizations for senior leaders and general audiences from data sources.
- Working with personnel across the studies and with others in the organization to collect and refine data.
- Leads the interpretation of results and informs dissemination.
- Writes final reports, research briefs, and executive summaries and presents results to clients, other researchers, policymakers, or practitioners.
Why You’ll Want to Join Our Team
- The opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way, in a rapidly growing, socially responsible company.
- A competitive salary and benefits such as 16 days PTO plus holidays, 401K, and employer contribution to the cost of health insurance.
- Additional benefit options available, such as a Short & Long-Term Disability insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, and a children’s home library collection.
- We are an equal opportunity employer who greatly values our strength through diversity.
- We are a dog and family friendly environment.
- We are dedicated to our mission of every student in America reading on or above grade level.
- We are committed to business as a vehicle for social justice.
- No resumes will be considered without a cover letter
- No third-party applications please
- No phone calls please