job: research director

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Thu Jan 31 12:12:00 CST 2002

From:	"John M. Beam" <beam at>

We have an interesting opening at the National Center for Schools 
Communities for someone who shares our passion for addressing 
the equity 
issues plaguing public education in the United States.  I'll cut and 
the announcement below.  Also, feel free to check out our web site 

John M. Beam

Search Reopened: Director of Research and Evaluation

The National Center for Schools and Communities at Fordham 
University has 
an immediate opening for a grant-funded Director of Research and 
to help further our mission of supporting parent- and community-led 
reform efforts.  Start early January.

NCSC provides policy analysis and research to support grassroots 
efforts of 
parents and students working to close the achievement gap 
low-income students in public schools and other students.  We 
mutually respectful action and research partnerships with and 
among various 
stakeholder groups in the movement to make high quality of public 
available to all students, regardless of race or economic situation.  
Center seeks to connect these efforts with academic and other 
that will contribute to the success of community-driven school 

Primary responsibilities of this senior position include designing 
evaluation and research projects; managing evaluation projects 
two large existing databases; providing quality control for NCSC 
and research work; ensuring the timely completion of evaluation-
deliverables; and coordinating the work of professional staff, 
assistants, and student workers assigned to our evaluation 
contracts.  The 
Director of Research and Evaluation will also work closely with the 
Executive Director to manage the strategic direction of the Center, 
build and maintain relationships with grassroots groups and national 
organizations engaged in school improvement organizing, to 
develop new 
program initiatives and coordinate projects, and to contribute to an 
ongoing fundraising strategy.

This position requires a command of scholarly research tools and 
methodologies including sophisticated applied statistics (e.g., 
hierarchical path analysis) and superior competency in SPSS, 
design and management, and qualitative and quantitative analytical 
techniques.  In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

a strong social justice orientation and commitment to social 

an advanced degree in policy analysis, library science with a 
in research or reference, educational research, social work with a 
concentration in research, community or social psychology, 
political science, or other relevant social science;

private sector experience as a consultant or with a non-profit policy 
advocacy organization a plus;

knowledge of education issues affecting low-income students and 
children of 

excellent written and verbal skills; proposal writing and contract 
management experience a plus;

strong interest in applying research and analysis to real world 
in low income communities;

experience relating to individuals and groups representing a range 
cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds; conversational ability in 
language other than English a plus;

a strong work ethic, outcome focused work style, initiative, multi-
capacity, strong computer skills, and good social skills.

Salary is in the fifties plus outstanding benefits. This is not a faculty 
line; the NCSC is not an academic department.   Please submit 
resume and 
two writing samples (limit: 2-5 pages each plus title pages, excerpts 
encouraged) to Evaluation Position, National Center for Schools 
Communities, Fordham University, 33 West 60th Street 8th floor, 
New York NY 
10023. Please, no calls, faxes, or emails.

The NCSC is a 100 percent grant funded project jointly sponsored 
by the 
Fordham University Graduate Schools of Education and Social 
Service at the 
Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus.

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