Director, Efficacy & Implementation Research

Product Development & Management Remote, United States


At Curriculum Associates (CA), we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for teachers and students. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person! 

The Director, Efficacy & Implementation Research will lead a team of researchers to conduct, manage, and publish research studies on the implementation and efficacy of a variety of Curriculum Associate's curriculum and instructional programs in Math and Reading. The Director will build and manage external research partnerships and share research with internal and external audiences. In this role, you will work with the Senior Director, Research Strategy and other senior leadership across CA to determine the highest priority research projects that will both illustrate the impact of our educational programs on student learning as well as identify areas for program and implementation enhancements. 

The impact you'll have:

  • Mentor early-career team members, to achieve their growth potential as researchers and education professionals

  • Design, conduct, and manage complex (e.g., mixed-method, quasi-experimental) implementation and efficacy studies with a team of master’s level and Ph.D.-level researchers providing deep technical expertise on research design, analysis, interpretation, and communication

  • Manage large and high-profile research initiatives, ensuring that each project stays within budget, is completed on schedule, and that the results are error-free

  • Work collaboratively with various teams at CA (e.g., instruction, professional development, implementation, customer success, service), the Senior Director, Research Strategy and other senior leadership to determine the annual research priorities for efficacy and implementation

  • Establish and manage strategic partnerships with external researchers, consultants, and nationally-recognized experts in educational research

  • Manage the Efficacy Advisory Committee and prepare documentation and presentations for  meetings 

  • Be responsible for the documentation and dissemination of research findings in a variety of internal and external settings, for a variety of audiences 

What we're looking for:

  • Clear expertise in designing and executing a variety of complex educational research studies and using the results to drive program improvement

  • A Ph.D. in educational research, program evaluation, or other related social science research methodology and 5-7 years post-PhD experience designing and executing educational program evaluation using mixed-methods, experimental, and quasi-experimental design

  • Experience and proven success in managing a team of researchers

  • Experience communicating complicated research findings to a variety of audiences is strongly preferred, including proven capacity in developing written materials for educators that clearly communicates research in a way that is actionable for teachers

  • Experience and proven success in identifying research/program evaluation vendors (such as through RFP process) and successfully managing vendors to project completion 

  • Proven success working with districts and schools to collect qualitative and quantitative data / execute complex research studies in partnership with educators

  • Sufficient expertise with large, complex educational databases and statistical analysis software to provide technical guidance to team. 

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 

Not required, although we'd love to see:

  • Knowledge of the educational policy landscape, specifically the evidence-based requirements of ESSA and WWC. Knowledge and experience working with educational technology evaluation initiatives is a plus

  • Knowledge and experience in implementation science, ideally in the education field

Travel Requirements: Less than 10% of total time. Travel for this position will likely include two semi-annual team meetings, two semi-annual technical advisory committee meetings, and travel to national conferences when proposals have been accepted.  Additional travel for specific projects may be required.

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