Job Application Due Date: 12/31/20
Hiring Company/Organization: Education Northwest
About Education Northwest
Education Northwest is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping all children and youth reach their full potential. They partner with public, private, and community-based organizations to address educational inequities and improve student success. While most of their work centers on the Pacific Northwest, their evaluations, technical assistance, and research studies have a national impact and provide timely and actionable results.
Do you believe the work you do should enrich the lives of others and improve the world in which we live? Would you like to work in a dynamic environment that values unique perspectives and colleagues who are passionate about learning? If so, there is a place for you at Education Northwest.
Education Northwest is looking for a Senior Researcher – Culturally Responsive Evaluation for their Center for Research, Evaluation, and Analysis. This position will lead the development and growth of a culturally responsive evaluation practice in collaboration with professional colleagues and organizational leadership. The Senior Researcher will design and implement culturally responsive strategies for collecting data and sharing evaluation and research findings that promote high-levels of engagement among clients and community stakeholders, and oversee and grow a portfolio of large-scale mixed-methods culturally responsive research and evaluation projects.
- Generate and manage a portfolio of large scale mixed methods research and evaluation projects with a focus on cultural responsiveness and equity
- Build strong, long-term, relationships with external clients and community partners in the Northwest region and nationally to advance equitable outcomes and improve student and adult learning experiences
- Collaborate with educators, community-based organizations, students, and families to develop and carry out research and evaluation projects that address critical community questions and concerns
- Help partners and clients make strategic use of evaluation data in policy and programmatic decision making and change management efforts
- Work with peers to develop and institutionalize new, innovative and responsive ways to report research and evaluation findings and make meaningful changes in educational systems
- Serve as project lead on a diverse portfolio of quantitative and mixed methods research and evaluation projects
- Lead project teams to carry out work of exceptional quality and model and mentor team members in project management, relationship development, client engagement, and cultural responsiveness
- Actively nurture and grow a robust professional network to increase mission-driven partnership and business opportunities for the organization
- Share ongoing work and lessons learned with others nationally working in similar spaces
- Collaborate with senior staff across the organization to develop new projects and proposals
- Professional education and training in education, public policy, sociology, psychology, public health, or a related field
- Lived and/or professional experience working in culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse environments
- A deep commitment to racial and gender equity, and an understanding of how culturally responsive applied research and evaluation methods can advance systems change
- Extensive experience developing and leading culturally responsive evaluation and research projects in collaboration with clients and/or community partners
- A record of authentic partnerships and engagement with diverse communities
- An understanding of the educational policy and funding landscape, including federal, state, and local agencies and philanthropic organizations
- Knowledge and skills necessary to lead quantitative and mixed methods and large scale applied research and evaluation projects
- Strong project management skills and experience scoping and directing multi-year projects and/or project tasks
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- An advanced degree and five or more years of experience working in an applied research and evaluation setting
- Fluency in a language(s) other than English
- Experience working with culturally-specific, grassroots, and/or community organizations
- Expertise in one or more of the following: critical race and gender methodologies, culturally sustaining and critical pedagogy, funds of knowledge, indigenous evaluation frameworks, community and participatory action research methods
- Experience working in the educational system
- Five or more years of experience leading quantitative and mixed methods research and evaluation projects
- Experience working with philanthropic clients on issues of equity and social justice
Travel and Other Key Requirements
- Up to 20% out-of-office travel with overnight stays of up to a week at a time when work travel returns
- The position is preferably based in Portland, Oregon, remote employees will be considered
How To Apply
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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.