Researchers in Education for Bilingual Education and ELLs
Program or Department Profile:For fifty years, WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — has been working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd’s Institutional Development (ID) Department creates and implements the agency’s comprehensive business development plan and strategic initiatives, leads the development of major proposals, strengthens relationships with funders, and builds new partnerships. Services include: • Identifying funding opportunities • Supporting proposal development • Building staff capacity to develop competitive proposals • Developing business plans • Analyzing proposal data and trends Within WestEd, the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) program offers a diverse portfolio of projects that promote quality science, mathematics, and technology education for all students. STEM projects advance research and professional development, increase public awareness and understanding about culture and language in the learning and teaching of mathematics, science, technology, engineering and explore the use of simulations and other technologies to support student learning. The STEM portfolio includes projects that develop curriculum and assessments, design and offer teacher professional development, as well as conduct and report on research on student and teacher learning.Brief Position Description:WestEd is seeking an experienced Research Associate to work on a range of educational projects across the institution and within the STEM subject area specifically. This position will work half time with the Institutional Development Department to organize and lead responses to federal research and evaluation competitions. In this role, the candidate will learn a great deal about WestEd’s capacity and expertise in a range of research methods. The position will interact with researchers across the agency, program leadership, ID team members, and the Research Quality Professional Learning Community. The successful candidate will be responsible for organizing responses from across the agency in response to grants and contracts that require high-level evaluation skills. Many of these responses will require a high-level of engagement to ensure that they meet strategic goals, have clearly defined outcome measures, stay on track with proposal development milestones, and meet the agency’s standards. This position will work within the STEM program for half time, supporting research and development efforts that include designing and implementing large-scale field research requiring strong quantitative and qualitative skills. The successful candidate will lead educational studies including contributing to proposals, writing and executing research designs, conducting data mining of student response patterns, using HLM and other quantitative analysis methodologies, and presenting findings at conferences and in peer-reviewed publications. The position will work with Project Directors and will be supported by other research associates, research assistants, and outside contractors as the work requires. The successful candidate will take responsibility for managing projects and staff. Note* This position may be based in either our Redwood City location or San Francisco locationResponsibilities:• Organize and review program responses to federal research and evaluation competitions. • Engage with research partners to provide considerable statistical, research and evaluation design expertise in order to help them produce relevant and high-quality work. • Compile disparate corporate capability statements from across programs and recent proposals and determine the best way to describe, synthesize, and organize information about WestEd’s capacities and past experiences with a range of methodologies. • Draft competition-specific vetting criteria, with input from WestEd’s top research experts, for key competition. Review contract, RFP and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding including drafting and editing proposal summaries, managing complex RFP processes. • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with partners internally and in the field. • Lead quantitative analysis work across the STEM program. • Direct the work of STEM program research associates, assistants, and outside contractors assigned to particular parts of projects for which the position is responsible. • Conduct various other aspects of large, multi-year research and development projects, such as conducting pilot tests, evaluations, interviews, focus groups, observations and field tests. • Participate in the development of proposals for new work in the STEM program, taking responsibility for writing the research design and analysis plans for both the quantitative and qualitative sections of the overall narrative. • Participate in writing papers and articles for professional conferences, peer-reviewed journals and other publications in order to disseminate findings from the research projects to a national and international audience.
Qualifications:• PhD (or ABD) in educational or psychology measurement, statistics, or related field. • Deep knowledge of research methodology (qualitative and quantitative), statistical analysis, and Measurement. • Experience conducting applied research in education, psychology, and/or social sciences. • Programming expertise in at least one major statistical package (R is preferred), and current experience with large complex HLM, regression, SEM, and/or psychometric analyses. • Ability to quickly learn and effectively use and troubleshoot specialized project management software such as Box, Smartsheet, and Salesforce. • Strong experience writing federal proposals. • Ability to analyze situations that require evaluation of intangibles and to exercise independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. • Ability to handle multiple priorities under time-restricted conditions. • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player and to treat staff and clients respectfully. • Strong organizational, oral and written communication and presentation skills. • Commitment to quality products and research. • Knowledge of STEM education. • Must be US citizen or authorized to work (visa sponsorship not available). Preferred Qualifications: • Experience conducting evaluations of technology-supported education innovations • Experience conducting interviews and observations of a variety of educational interventions • Willingness to travel for conference presentations and client meetings • Experience in resource development and proposal preparation
WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd’s work extends throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd has 16 offices nationwide, from Washington and Boston to Arizona, Southern California, and its headquarters in San Francisco.