DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is recognized internationally as a leader in school climate reform and social, emotional, civic education and works with school districts across the country to support a data-driven, ongoing, and democratically informed process of school climate improvement. The NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and civic competencies to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC achieves this through: Advocacy and policy; Measurement and research; and, Educational services.

Position Description: The Research Director is a core member of the NSCC leadership team, and is responsible for driving the growth and oversight of our large-scale educational/research projects with States, Districts and networks nationwide.

NSCC’s core focus is on leadership development and school district school climate improvement efforts that support a continuous process of goal setting (schoolwide, instructional and/or relational), the articulation of specific improvement strategies, measurement and the revision of improvement goals. S/he will be responsible for building on our current sets of understandings and action research methods. S/he will also be responsible for proactively identifying and developing major educational research grants to support learning and further measurement development efforts.

NSCC is also involved with several research projects now: (i) Working with Project UNIFY, Special Olympics to develop scientifically sound scales and rubrics that evaluate social inclusion; (ii) a series of projects with the Winston Preparatory Schools to (a) study the lives over time of learning disabled students; (b) collaboratively developing a student social, emotional and civic scales that will be used to further formative assessments, reflection and learning; and (c ) a number of additional ‘wellness’ project; (iii) evaluate NSCC’s Upstanders in Mental Health program; and, (iv) refining and further developing a number of new metrics that evaluate school climate improvement “readiness” and the process as well as a community scale.

The Research Director will report to the President and work collaboratively with the rest of the leadership team, our CFO, and colleagues in our education department to further develop and successfully lead our expanding research services. This role will directly manage a Research Associate and research fellows.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL CLIMATE CENTER (NSCC)

Educating hearts and minds, because the Three Rs are not enough

341 West 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10018 (T) 212.707.8799 (F) 212.957.6616 www.schoolclimate.org

Duties and Responsibilities:

1 Co-lead the development of a vision and strategic plan to grow the Research Department.

2 Take a proactive stance in identifying funding opportunities and developing research plans and proposals to understand the strengths and limitations of our current leadership development and school/district improvement efforts.

3 Develop and/or revise systems for evaluating NSCC educational efforts that support continuous learning and improvement.

4 Manage the Research Department budget and provide needed information for financial reporting.

5 Work closely with the President and COO to develop local and national partnerships that grow NSCC's visibility, influence and helpfulness. Cultivates relationships with core audiences, including government leaders, academia, and foundations.

6 Supervise members of NSCC's research team, including a full time research associate and part time research fellows and/or interns.

7 Reports to the President

Attributes and Qualifications:

The Research Director should be a strong strategic thinker who is committed to advancing a range of research strategies (case studies, correlational, quasi and experimental studies and hierarchical lineal modeling) that illuminate the strengths and limitations of leadership development, prosocial instruction (e.g. SEL and character education) and school climate improvement efforts. The Research Director needs to be deeply committed to furthering knowledge that integrates the ‘academic’ and the ‘non academic’ (e.g. SEL, character education, school climate, ‘whole child’, mental health) aspects of student learning and school life. The Research Director needs to understand and be attuned to systemic/school-wide as well as instructional improvement efforts. In addition the ideal candidate will have strong office management skills – including financial management and staff supervision.

The Research Director should have a history being proactive in identifying funding opportunities and proposal writing. The Research Director should also be ambitious and invested in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at meetings. M.A. required, Ph.D. strongly preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package. Some travel is required.

NSCC is an EOE. Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a listing of three

references, and information about availability via email.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL CLIMATE CENTER (NSCC)

Educating hearts and minds, because the Three Rs are not enough

341 West 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10018 (T) 212.707.8799 (F) 212.957.6616 www.schoolclimate.org

Please note your name and the job title in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted. Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a listing of three references and information about availability electronically. Please note your name and the job title in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted.

Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. jonathancohen@schoolclimate.org

National School Climate Center:
341 West 38th Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10018

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NATIONAL SCHOOL CLIMATE CENTER (NSCC)

Educating hearts and minds, because the Three Rs are not enough

341 West 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10018 (T) 212.707.8799 (F) 212.957.6616 www.schoolclimate.org