The State Education Resource Center (SERC) is currently seeking qualified candidates for the consultant position of Research and Development (R&D) Coordinator. Under the administrative direction of the Assistant Director for Program Development and Research/Program Evaluation, the R&D Coordinator will facilitate and provide leadership to SERC's research and development efforts regarding program design and the evaluation of impact on SERC's numerous initiatives; track emerging education policy issues across the federal, state, and local levels; and policy, and provide SERC with the implications of these developments for SERC's strategic planning; and collaborate with leadership in government, higher education, public education, and the community to facilitate the establishment of standards for professional learning as well as other education policy.
The ideal candidate is ready for a challenging role in a high-energy agency that is committed to diversity and equity. SERC is seeking an individual who is passionate about improving education for all students, including students with disabilities, students of color, and students learning English. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of our agency’s staff and who have a demonstrated commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural, multiracial learning community.
Candidates must have 3+ years of experience in research and development, program development and evaluation, and analysis of educational policy as well as a master's degree in education or a related degree, although a doctorate is preferred.
Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to:
- Facilitate the design, implementation, and application of program evaluation and research;
- Provide statistical and qualitative analysis of data;
- Manage the collection, warehousing, and analysis of data;
- Follow policy developments and draw connections to and implications for SERC programming;
- Track, analyze, and disseminate pertinent education regulations and policy;
- Research and write statements, briefs, and reports articulating current policy and the resulting benefits, challenges, and limitations;
- Strategize methods for understanding and influencing education policy by development through mechanisms that allow professionals to define the standards of teaching/learning and professional development;
- Ensure that the voices of educators, families, students, and the community are included in SERC initiatives so that teaching and learning are focused on student achievement, including the achievement gaps for students of color and students with disabilities;
- Partner with representatives from public education, government, higher education, advocacy groups, and other educational associations on professional learning to improve achievement for all students;
- Provide information and analysis of research;
- Formulate recommendations on educational issues, policies, and reports regarding professional learning, Birth to 21;
- Identify and research governmental, foundation, and corporate grants;
- Collaboratively write, submit, and track grant applications, and compile applications for specific grants;
- Generate compelling narratives for funding applications and reports based on program evaluation and policy analysis; and
- Actively collaborate with the Executive Director, Assistant Director Team, and the SERC Partnership Support and Development Team regarding R&D.
Candidates must have exceptional written and oral communication skills; collaboration and communication skills needed to work with and support a broad constituency in a highly diverse environment, which includes employees from racially, culturally, ethnically, or linguistically diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities; and demonstrated experience reaching out to diverse communities to build partnerships to achieve desired results, including program evaluation, research design, workforce development, and community development.
This position will remain open until filled. A thorough, updated resume listing and at least three professional references must be submitted to be considered. Apply online by submitting a letter of intent with resume to: www.ctserc.org
Candidates from racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
SERC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.