America’s Promise Alliance and Boston University School of Education

Post Doctoral Fellow Position Opening

America’s Promise Alliance and Boston University School of Education

The Center for Promise (CfP), under the leadership of Executive Director, Jonathan Zaff, is seeking a post- doctoral fellow to lead a mixed-methods study on comprehensive community initiatives.

CfP, the applied research institute for America’s Promise Alliance, is housed within the Boston University School of Education. The mission of the Center is to develop a deep knowledge and understanding about what is needed to help create the conditions so that all young people in America have the opportunity to succeed in school and life. The Center’s work adds to the academic exploration of these issues and helps give communities and individuals the tools and knowledge to effectively work together to support their young people.

The Center has developed a partnership with an organization that works with multiple comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs). Together with the executive director, the post-doctoral fellow will co-create a multi-method, multi-level learning agenda with this organization, cultivate relationships with the focal communities, and implement the learning agenda. The findings from the learning agenda will help to strengthen the work of the partner organization and to provide guidance to communities throughout the country implementing CCIs.

The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of extension for up to an additional three years, depending on funding. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting applied research with community-based initiatives, with a preference for experience working with CCIs. The candidate should be a mixed-methodologist with skills in advanced statistical methodologies and a deep knowledge of a variety of qualitative methodologies and analytic strategies. Experience with project management is a plus.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual able to work efficiently and productively in a fast-paced, multifaceted research environment. The candidate should be able to work successfully as a team member as well as to lead a team of researchers in multiple locations. Flexibility in work hours and availability for travel is essential.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Managing the overall logistical tasks of a multi-site, multi-method project including data collection methods, Development of protocols for studying CCIs and the young people served;
Site outreach and communication;
Supervising and mentoring a team of researchers, including graduate students;
Presentation of research findings at national and international meetings;
Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and special interest publications;
Writing reports for practice and policy audiences;
Contributing to general project oversight and management.

Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a social science field with a focus on developmental science (psychology, sociology, child

development, family studies, education); Knowledge of mixed-methods designs;


Expertise with advanced quantitative statistical methods and qualitative methods; Demonstrated interest and commitment to work in youth development; Enthusiasm for intellectual rigor and engagement;
Excellent writing ability and publication record;

Ability and willingness to work productively in a fast-paced and often demanding environment, with deadlines; Experience working in a team environment;
Excellent interpersonal skills.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. By email, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 2-3 publications, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Jonathan Zaff, Executive Director, Center for Promise Email: