Background: The Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children (CTC) at Boston College uses research and data to identify and evaluate strategies that successfully transform schools and communities into systems of opportunity for all students. We conduct interdisciplinary research that builds on the strengths of both science and practice to understand what it takes to produce a true opportunity for all. CTC houses the City Connects intervention, an innovative and evidence-based approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that can impact students’ achievement and thriving in schools. Implemented in over 90 schools across six states, City Connects engages districts, schools, and partnering community agencies to connect every student to a tailored set of supports and enrichments in the school and community.
● Serve as a Principal Investigator or Senior Researcher for research projects that focus on analyzing the impact of intervention efforts, supporting the field to successfully scale interventions with proven impact, and generating new knowledge for consideration by the leadership team and key stakeholders:
● Enhance the quality, relevance, and usefulness of the Center’s research work
● Ph.D. degree in statistics, educational research, economics, developmental psychology, sociology, or related field
● Deep knowledge of research methodology from social science research and evaluation and demonstrated interest in the use of rigorous evidence
● Advanced proficiency in using STATA, SPSS, R, or similar statistical/analytical software
● Be committed to and passionate about opportunities to promote child and youth development through systematic student support in schools
● At least 3 years of relevant post-doctoral research experience leading, managing, and collaborating on research projects
● An established track record in leading and/or coaching others to produce rigorous and highly useful research
● Extensive experience managing large datasets
● Experience in project management
● Experience with reviewing and/or conducting program evaluations
Skills and Abilities:
● Self-motivated and proactive
● Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects with careful attention to detail
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Ability to work productively with a diverse team in a collaborative, team-oriented workplace
● Flexible and adaptable
● Cover Letter addressing reasons for engaging in this work
● A writing sample that demonstrates research or analysis skills
This position will be based at Boston College.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, or sexual orientation. Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, we are committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.
Background: The Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children (CTC) at Boston College uses research and data to identify and evaluate strategies that successfully transform schools and communities into systems of opportunity for all…