Director of Research and Evaluation

Employer
WGBH
Location
Brighton, Massachusetts (US)
Salary
Around $110,000 - $120,000 per year + Benefits
Posted
Feb 08, 2019
Metro Area
Boston
Duration
Full Time

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

WGBH is a public media leader, based in Boston. The WGBH Education Department (https://www.wgbh.org/foundation/education) researches, creates and distributes media-integrated resources to support healthy development and educational impact for children and youth. We bring together engaging, popular programming with deep insights into child development, educational content and community dynamics. True to our public mission, we have a particular focus on underserved children and the adults who teach and care for them. Many of the educational materials developed at WGBH reside on PBS LearningMedia (www.pbslearningmedia.org), a free digital service that supports Pre-K–12 educators and learners with compelling, standards-aligned educational media resources. We co-lead PBS LearningMedia with PBS. We also work with WGBH brands such as Arthur, Design Squad Global, NOVA, and Frontline (among others) to develop, produce, and disseminate content for formal learning and community educational settings.

 

JOB OVERVIEW

WGBH Education seeks a Director of Research & Evaluation to lead the development of our research and evaluation strategy and implement it. Reporting to the Executive Director of Education, the Director will be a key member of WGBH Education’s senior team. This role will manage the department’s research and evaluation efforts across school-based, home-based, and community programs. In addition, the Director of Research will function as a crucial resource for research-related matters at WGBH Education, including support to our content, production, community engagement, development, and marketing teams. The Director will also serve as a thought leader and external representative of WGBH Education to the larger educational technology/media, child development, and learning science communities. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially welcome to apply.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee research and evaluation efforts across the department
    • Develop and execute a plan to define and measure the impact of educational initiatives at WGBH, especially among underserved populations
    • Partner with staff within departments to execute program/project evaluations
    • Source and manage external partners and contractors who conduct research
    • Produce and distribute impact evaluation reports and metrics
    • Coordinate formative research and product testing across projects
    • Provide guidance on web or mobile analytics and other metrics
    • Manage market research as needed
  • Manage research curation for internal use
    • Maintain compilations of statistics and trends on topics of organizational priority and importance to the field, primarily for internal use and reference
    • Monitor the presentation of research and data in WGBH Education materials
    • Conduct literature reviews for grant proposal development, executive staff speaking engagements, marketing events, or other needs
  • Partner with Education senior team on strategy development, program definition, and fund-raising
    • Help define new programs and refine existing initiatives with attention to educational effectiveness and impact, especially among underserved populations
    • Support grant development and assist in writing grant proposals, as needed
    • Serve as consulting thought partner to content, community engagement, and product development teams
    • Support Executive Director and senior team on organization-wide initiatives, as appropriate
  • Thought Leadership
    • Advise/train internal teams on research and substantive topics as needed
    • Position and promote WGBH Education in research and academic fields
    • Liaise with Marketing, Communications, etc. to distribute and publicize our research
    • Serve as thought leader representing WGBH Education to external audiences

 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Deep understanding about key issues in the fields of kids' media and technology and/or K12 edtech -- from academic research and practice/industry perspectives
  • Exceptional research skills, including research design, advanced inferential statistics, and qualitative research methods
  • Minimum 8-10 years’ experience conducting and managing complex research studies
  • Knowledge about child development, learning, and education
  • Excellent communication skills for academic and lay, non-specialized audiences
  • Experience translating research and complex concepts for non-expert audiences
  • Technical skills - SPSS/Stata or other statistical analysis software, other data collection and analysis tools, current workplace technologies and social media
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously but also function well in a collaborative team setting, working across functions and different types of people
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and produce quick, high quality results
  • Excellent attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Able to think analytically and synthesize vast amounts of information
  • Grant/research proposal writing experience preferred
  • Experience working in an edtech or kids' media organization (outside academia) a plus

 

EDUCATION

Advanced degree in child development, education, media research or related field required.