Principal Evaluation Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation is commensurate with experience




Silver Spring
United States



Children are at the center of what we do. The team at School Readiness Consulting (SRC) integrates our expertise in strategic thinking, best practice, and evaluation to transform early learning and affirm the right of all children to thrive. Our comprehensive approach integrates our commitment to social justice and our expertise across practice, strategy, and evaluation to build equitable systems for young children, birth through third grade. SRC’s evaluation team engages in equity-focused, thoughtful, rigorous program evaluation to provide evidence of what works in early childhood programs, support program and systems improvement, inform early learning practices, provide practitioners with the tools they need, and help policymakers determine where and how to invest resources.  

SRC is looking for a Principal Evaluation Associate to lead projects in the organization’s expanding Evaluation Division, as we enter a new phase of growth and nationwide impact.


The Principal Evaluation Associate provides leadership in research design, analysis, and project management to meet the equity-focused mission of SRC’s local and national Evaluation portfolio.


  • Leads evaluation projects as a project manager, co-principal investigator, or principal investigator (creating a research plan and project task structure, leading communication with clients and project stakeholders, selecting or developing measurement tools and protocols for data collection, overseeing project and field staff, conducting analysis with a high degree of rigor, and developing high-quality deliverables)
  • Contributes to development efforts (writing the research design, measurement, and analysis sections of proposals with minimal guidance, building relationships and long-term partnerships with clients, and representing the organization through conference presentations, meeting attendance, and other external opportunities)
  • Contributes positively to SRC’s organizational culture (contributing to a positive work environment, collaborating with colleagues within and across divisions, supporting the organization’s overall mission, and participating in team meetings, professional learning opportunities, retreats, and other organization-wide events)

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS                        

  • A demonstrated commitment to equity for all children evidenced in past projects and work samples
  • Advanced degree in Developmental Psychology, Education, or related field (Master’s degree required, Doctoral degree preferred)
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience, including analysis and task management experience on research or evaluation projects
  • Working understanding of the early childhood education landscape
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to develop project deliverables independently
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to diverse audiences including funding agencies, practitioners, families, and other researchers
  • Proficiency with quantitative data analysis software, such as Stata
  • Specific expertise in survey methodology and educational measurement desired
  • Creativity and a high degree of initiative to design and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges


A competitive benefits package is provided

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter and writing sample to, indicating in the subject line the position title for which you are applying.

As an equal opportunity employer, SRC hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.