The Regents Research Fund is seeking an innovative and highly accomplished researcher, policy analyst or education leader to serve as a Fellow for Certification Assessment. Based in New York City, Fellows play a key role in producing research and policy analysis and developing design recommendations in support of New York State's comprehensive education reform efforts. This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals who care deeply about improving educational opportunity for all students, thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and have a record of remarkable professional achievement.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) oversee all education institutions in the State — including all public and private Pre-K and K-12 schools as well as all colleges and universities — and administer an annual PreK-12 budget of more than $25 billion. The philanthropically-supported Regents Research Fund, a separate 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City, provides critical research, analysis and capacity in support of the Regents' and NYSED's core initiatives.
The Board has developed an ambitious reform agenda to transform Pre-K - 12 education for the more than three million children and adult learners in the State: to redesign teacher and principal preparation to create a truly effective corps of teachers and principals and hold them accountable for student achievement; provide educators with college- and career-ready curriculum and assessment standards; work aggressively to turn around low-performing schools and create a statewide portfolio of innovative school models; and create a state-of-the-art data system that will inform system-wide continuous improvement and accountability. Awarded nearly $700 million through the federal Race to the Top competition — representing the largest population of students impacted by any single state through this national grant initiative — New York State is poised not only to deliver substantial reforms to its own students, but to serve as a pioneer for the country's education reform movement.
Commissioner John King, Jr., one of the country's most passionate education change agents, has called upon the Regents Research Fund to design new policies, programs, and systems that will ensure that the promise of the Reform Agenda and Race to the Top is fulfilled. To this end, the Fund has built a growing team of nationally-recognized education thought leaders — the Regents Research Fellows — to perform this challenging and vital work.
THE POSITION AND ITS KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the general direction of the Office of Higher Education, the Fellow for Certification Assessment will provide critical analysis and consultation regarding the state's assessment initiatives. In particular, the Fellow will advise the state in the research and methodology, development implementation, and validation of the State's 3-8 summative assessments, the State's Regents exams, and the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). Fellows are based in New York City and must commit to a minimum of two years.
The Fellow's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following activities:
- Performing research and data and policy analysis in support of the development and implementation of formative, through-course and summative assessments, including 3-8 assessments as well as Regents exams. The Fellow will also provide targeted assistance in the development and implementation of the NYSTCE program.
- Identifying innovative design solutions and best practices from local, state and national resources
- Analyzing policy and design alternatives based on New York State's policy goals
- Creating and delivering presentations and analysis for policymakers, stakeholders, educators and NYSED
- Working closely with the Senior Fellow to create detailed timelines and project plans for strategy work, new initiatives and recommendations, including related training and professional development requirements, customer service levels, and technical support requirements
Skills and Experience:
- Developing and publishing research and policy papers
- Expertise in assessment design and a track record of using assessment data to drive instruction
- Expertise in assessment data analysis using advanced educational measurement and statistical methods, balanced by strong practical understanding of applicability in a classroom setting
- Demonstrated research, analytical and strategic planning skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Comfort working in a fast-paced environment with critical deadlines
- Willingness to hold oneself personally accountable for results in a rapidly changing government context
- Proficiency with statistical software such as SPSS, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Management consulting, project management, legal, and/or education policy experience a plus
- Doctorate degree in educational assessment or psychometrics
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include a competitive health insurance plan, retirement plan, and vacation and sick leave policies.