Title: Research and Evaluation Manager
Function: Research and Evaluation
Location: California (primarily remote, must reside in CA)
Reports to: Director of Research & Evaluation
Status: Full-time, exempt position
About us: SEAL is a powerful English Learner-focused approach to education rooted at the intersection of research and educational equity. The bedrock values are a commitment to further developing the intellectual and linguistic genius of young children’s brains, honoring the value and role of a family’s culture and language in students’ lives, and helping teachers cultivate the skills and mindset they need to become powerfully effective educators. SEAL’s approach is inclusive of all students, creating an environment where children engage together in rigorous, joyful, content and language-rich learning. SEAL is one of the largest comprehensive reform initiatives focused on meeting the needs of young English Learners, and currently partners with educational leaders across California, in over 100 elementary schools across 21 districts, and in over 130 preschool classrooms, as well as County Offices of Education and other education-focused organizations. We work to transform educational systems by providing professional development, curriculum support, technical assistance, tools and resources for the field.
Position Summary: The Research Manager will contribute to SEAL’s research and evaluation activities by:
- Managing the evaluation of SEAL’s work, such as with data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, and reporting;
- Supporting internally and externally sponsored research projects, such as with research duties noted above as well as with research proposal development and project management;
- Disseminating research findings to various audiences, including school/district partners, funders, policymakers and researchers;
- Strengthening SEAL’s internal research and program evaluation capacity, particularly as it relates to the development and tracking of key performance indicators to evaluate SEAL’s work, and the use of statistical methods and models to examine SEAL’s impacts;
- Supporting the refinement, piloting, validation, and use of SEAL’s Depth of Implementation (DOI) Tool for evaluative and program improvement purposes;
- Communicating with SEAL’s partner sites and research partners regarding research and evaluation-related matters.
Responsibilities & Essential Functions: The following is an overview of the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. The employee may perform other duties as required. Regular, predictable attendance is an essential function of the position.
- Oversee data management for current and future research activities, including but not limited to: cleaning, organizing, and analyzing data; securely managing sensitive data: producing meaningful and accurate graphs/charts/displays; and effectively tracking data collected and project milestones.
- Participate in and support SEAL’s Research Team meetings and other research-related meetings.
- Contribute to the refinement and operationalization of SEAL’s DOI Tool for evaluative and program improvement purposes.
- Contribute to the refinement and/or development of survey instruments and other data collection tools and procedures to improve and evaluate SEAL’s professional development and technical assistance.
- Conduct literature searches and reviews on topics of interest to SEAL.
- Assist with the development of written products, including conference proposals, policy and research briefs, book chapters, and research articles.
- Collaborate, as time permits, with EL advocacy partners, SEAL partners and state partners to support better outcomes for ELs.
- Master’s degree required; Doctoral degree preferred. Candidate must have taken and successfully completed graduate level coursework covering research methods, statistics and quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience with education research and evaluation activities, preferably related to English Learners and/or Dual Language Learners.
- Considerable experience working with diverse data sets, including school district data and publicly available state education data.
- Strong data management skills, including considerable experience importing and exporting data files, securely transferring and storing sensitive data, as well as cleaning, coding, and preparing data files for analysis.
- Considerable expertise in: using Stata or another statistical software package to analyze quantitative data; survey development and analysis; and qualitative analysis.
- Experience in advanced statistical methods (e.g., multilevel modeling, regression discontinuity designs) preferred, along with the ability to work with large datasets.
- Program evaluation and non-profit experience preferred.
- Bilingual in Spanish or another language, strongly preferred.
- Adaptability and growth mindset
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Connection to mission and values
- Demonstrates a commitment to equity
- Effective communication
- Presenting and facilitating
- Strategic and critical thinking
- Expertise in area of focus
- Effective planning and follow-through
- Emotional intelligence
- Salary commensurate with experience
- Highly competitive benefits package (100% coverage for employee medical, dental, vision, and long and short-term disability benefits, 50% coverage for dependent(s) medical, dental and vision benefits, up to 6% 401k matching, Medical FSA and Dependent Care FSA offered)
ADA Requirement/Working Conditions:
- Occasional travel may be required
- Long periods of sitting and computer work
- Position may require occasional lifting or occasional movement up to 40 pounds and writing or drawing in lateral and upright positions
Equal Employment Opportunity: SEAL is an equal opportunity employer, welcomes a diverse pool of applicants, and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. SEAL policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, military service, legally protected medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.