Manager, Research (Dissemination and Strategic Initiatives), #0278
National Education Association (NEA) - Washington, DC

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The position supports the NEA’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3+ million members toward the promotion of public education by managing the dissemination of research findings and related products and by overseeing the Research Department’s strategic initiatives.

This position involves providing high-level managerial expertise to the Research department and the Center for Great Public Schools (CGPS). The essential functions of this position require the incumbent to apply management, coordination, and program evaluation skills in designing and overseeing strategic research initiatives and disseminating research results in ways that are timely and useful to a wide range of audiences. Examples of strategic initiatives include: supporting advocacy for equitable school finance systems, synthesizing scholarly research about timely education and labor topics, and coordinating the evaluations of select NEA initiatives, among others. The work requires providing leadership and direction in coordinating work with diverse stakeholders within and beyond NEA headquarters, designing and developing data collection, analysis and dissemination systems, and displaying and presenting data to effectively advocate the NEA’s position on key education issues. The incumbent manages financial resources and oversees, empowers, coaches, and mentors staff. To carry out responsibilities, this position requires maintaining extensive contacts with state and headquarters staff, state and national leaders, members, the education research community, and the general public. In addition, the incumbent uses a personal computer and associated software and travels occasionally.

Required Skills

Qualifications: Minimum Education Requirement: Ph.D. in education or another social science discipline, including advanced graduate studies that provide a solid foundation in research methodology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired. Minimum Qualifications : Five years of progressively responsible professional experience conducting quantitative and qualitative social science research, writing research papers, reports, and other dissemination products, and using statistical software, preferably in an advocacy environment. Substantive experience with education issues and research. Experience designing and managing projects, including experience in public speaking and in making presentations. Effective management experience with responsibility for program, budget, and staff. Other Requirements : Some travel required (approximately 15-20 overnights per year). Samples of recent work products (e.g. writing, presentation, and research materials) may be required at interview.

Required Experience

Selection Criteria: Tier 1 (Essential): Proven project management experience overseeing research projects, identifying and defining complex research strategies, and recommending troubleshooting options, preferably in an advocacy environment. Extensive experience collecting and analyzing data using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and synthesizing scholarly research. Proven experience producing reports and other publications in a variety of formats for technical and non-technical audiences. Experience developing and conducting training sessions and presentations that convey research material to a wide range of audiences. Proven interpersonal, analytical, and creative skills needed to work collaboratively toward organizational goals. Demonstrated experience in team building and creating and participating in a collaborative work environment. Successful references. Tier 2 (Significant): Demonstrated experience in developing and carrying out a system for disseminating research results to technical and non-technical audiences. Substantive background in national, state, and local economic policies as they relate to the funding of public education. Tier 3 (Desirable): Familiarity with individuals, institutions, agencies, and organizations that are important to the collection and reporting of data on the education enterprise in general and education employee in particular. Knowledge of NEA’s mission and strategic focus.