Partner, Research, Development & Evaluation

Job Type

Full Time





Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
United States


Start Date: Immediate

Role Type: Full Time, Flexible

Location: Flexible

To Apply: Upload resume and a short description (1pg max) of how you helped a school (or other team/organization) execute a research plan that required deep quantitative expertise. Be clear about what the process was, what you learned from execution, and what you would do differently to improve.

Who We Are:

Transcend is a national nonprofit that leads innovation in school design in close partnership with visionary school operators around the country. We focus on innovation in every aspect of the holistic design of schools -- from the aims of school, to students’ experience, to the use of time, to the roles of educators and families and surrounding communities, to physical space, and much more -- to prepare all students for far greater success in the 21st century.

We do this through:

  1. developing and replicating new school model designs, in close partnership with visionary school operators (in district, charter, and independent schools)
  2. building a diverse, cross-disciplinary force of talent for the sector, who can perform the deep R&D needed for school innovation
  3. building and sharing actionable knowledge for the sector on how to do school model innovation and change management

The Opportunity

In its current form, school will never reach our highest aspirations -- even with our herculean efforts. It was never designed for anything close to this. But the system as we know it can be redesigned. Our school partners are ambitious and brave and are driving our efforts to redesign this system so that all kids can thrive. They are trying new approaches and are working diligently to understand when and how they make changes to, or scale their models. The Partner -- Research Evaluation & Measurement gets to be on the front lines of those decisions. After working on this, you'll be able to help the most complex systems refine their practices toward excellence.

Major Responsibilities (Note: percentages are estimates):

Specific activities will vary week-to-week and will evolve dynamically as befits a thriving startup, but core responsibilities include:

Strategic Direction and Partnerships (30%)

  • Set vision, create tools, methods, and guidelines for organization’s approach to research development and evaluation
  • Think creatively about how to solve sticky questions (e.g. collecting data on fidelity of implementation in schools, how to build a school designed to do R&D, how do we use modern technologies to advance student outcomes)
  • Summarize our findings and progress in the form of compelling research briefs, blogs, etc.
  • Form alliances with experts and peer organizations to effectively drive collaboration

Management and Training (40%)

  • Manage the research portfolio and ensure that data being collected can inform the organization’s key strategic questions and can help us learn
  • Manage a team of qualitative and quantitative research and development specialists who collaborate with our school partners
  • Provide training on how to execute research-based strategies and/or share research
  • Build the capacity (through coaching, training, etc.) of the internal team and school design members to:
  • Develop strong metrics and methods for evaluation / learning, collect and analyze data, interpret and share findings
  • Execute research-based interventions and strategies
  • Identify areas of improvement and success, and evaluate performance of improvements
  • Make meaning of their data and pivot accordingly

Research Infrastructure, Design, Data Collection and Analysis (30%)

  • Build and manage a sustainable infrastructure to support a field wide evidence base on innovative school models
  • Develop a strategy to help schools nationally develop a system and process for testing and iterating on their school model
  • Design, perform, and evaluate experimental and implementation research
  • Develop and manage a strategy for analyzing and interpreting findings at the individual school and national level
  • Lead national discussions that help the field interpret and use the findings from the innovative schools research in their contexts

Who You Are

You are an insanely disciplined, hands-on person with a scientific mind. You resist the temptation to rely on your gut because you incessantly track projects, metrics and performance. You don’t stop there, you are a master at figuring out unique but obnoxiously accurate ways to draw causal inferences no matter the circumstance. You are such a research and measurement nerd-- you can figure out how to leverage a variety of methods and models (machine learning, Bayesian statistics, behavioral economics models, eye tracking, facial analysis, biometric response, nonconscious measurement, etc.) from other fields to answer questions or solve problems in education. You don’t do it all alone. You can see the complicated web of relationships, projects and goals. Despite the apparent and hidden intricacies, you are able to marshal allies that end up banging down your door to partner! You have built a sophisticated ability to share data in compelling ways, while helping others learn and make meaning so they can optimize programming--you make conducting research feel like a long awaited vacation on a tropical island! You believe deeply in the power of education to change lives, and can’t wait to contribute your analytical and evaluative expertise to help schools make radical changes to reinventing school in America.

To thrive in this role, you will:

  • Bring a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in data science, measurement science, program evaluation, utilization focused evaluation, improvement science and/or experimental research
  • Have a primary orientation of collaboration and partnership across organizational lines and lines of difference
  • Deep expertise managing large, complex, administrative educational data sets
  • Deep expertise with quantitative research skills and at least a proficient level of qualitative research skills, including driving the design, implementation, data analysis and communication aspects of an evaluation / improvement process
  • Have very persuasive and very clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Have experience working with diverse populations in terms of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; bilingual (English/Spanish) /bicultural preferred
  • Masterfully manage multiple projects - multi-tasking and prioritizing effectively
  • Have knowledge of secondary data sources relevant to public education and healthy children, youth, and families
  • Master in a range of data management and analysis software and MS Office products
  • Be a flexible, enthusiastic teammate - who builds positive relationships, takes a service orientation to colleagues, readily stretches high and low, doing whatever it takes to get the job done in an environment of ambiguity, resource constraints, and rapid shifts that befit a scrappy, start-up
  • Be hungry for feedback based on a personal commitment to excellence and constant learning – thrives on constant input, feedback from multiple sources, and fast-cycle iteration to arrive at the best possible product
  • Be deeply motivated to bring your skill-set to building equitable, innovative learning environments

Join Us!

  • At Transcend, we celebrate, we support, and we thrive on difference and diversity for the benefit of our team members, our partnerships, and our community. Transcend is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and hires without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Upload resume and a short description (1pg max) of how you helped a school (or other team/organization) execute a research plan that required deep quantitative expertise. Be clear about what the process was, what you learned from execution, and what you would do differently to improve.