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Director of Research & Policy

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SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Research and Policy Strategy

  1. Partner with SEF’s senior leadership to develop and execute a strategic plan for policy and research initiatives that advance SEF’s mission to raise the achievement of all students in the South and close achievement gaps;
  2. Lead the design and implementation of action-oriented research and policy analysis in support of program learning agendas;
  3. Lead the development of policy recommendations on our core issue areas and generate ideas for new policy areas that promise to improve outcomes for students;
  4. Partner with the Director of Communications and Program Leads to monitor and respond to federal, state, and local policies and research relevant to students in the South, including serving as a media spokesperson on those issues; Forge new partnerships with a range of research and policy experts, institutions and other stakeholders to further leverage knowledge generation activities;
  5. Engage in conferences, convenings, working groups, speaking engagements and other activities that reinforce SEF’s role as thought contributor;
  6. Build staff and partner capacity to understand, manage and/or undertake rigorous, ethical and impactful research and policy analysis.
  7. Identify new grant opportunities, contribute to grant writing, and manage relationships with grant officers, including tracking and communicating our impact in grant reports.

 

Organizational Learning and Other Duties

 

  1. Provide consultation to Program Leads to develop hypotheses, learning questions, indicators, and metrics for strategies and initiatives;
  2. Partner with Operations team to create and refine internal structures and systems for cross-program sharing; and develop specific tools and technology supports that anchor a culture of learning both organizationally and within program areas; this may include drafting learning reports to SEF’s Board of Directors, learning publications, staff learning retreats, and other activities that support the evolution of the Southern Education Foundation as a learning organization.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Possession of a doctorate degree in education, education policy, or related field or a juris doctorate.
  • Seven or more years of experience managing and/or conducting research, evaluation, and/or policy analysis;
  • Deep commitment to educational equity and high achievement for all students, particularly for students of color and low-income children;
  • Deep knowledge of state and federal education policies;
  • Preferred experience in statistical analysis package such as STATA or SPSS or other research tools; expertise in Microsoft Excel required
  • An organizational learning and effectiveness orientation, with a proven record of developing and implementing processes that advance rigor and learning across an organization or team
  • Demonstrated capacity of translating ideas into action
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to distill and explain complex information, data, and technical details to a multiplicity of audiences and partners;
  • Strong project management skills; ability to facilitate the work of multiple teams and prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment;
  • Sense of humor, exhibiting grace under pressure;
  • Comfort with ambiguity.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Research and Policy Strategy

  1. Partner with SEF’s senior leadership to develop and execute a strategic plan for policy and research initiatives that advance SEF’s mission to raise the achievement of…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 13, 2021
  • Education
    Doctorate (PhD) Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$110,000 - $120,000

Benefits

Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, a retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.

Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, a retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Atlanta, GA
Associated Location
101 Marietta Street NorthWest, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States
Ste 1650

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