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Education Research Director


Research For Action (RFA) is looking for two Research Directors to build and lead two newly restructured and collaborative education research departments that apply a wide range of culturally responsive and community-informed research approaches in education to identify, explore, support, and evaluate initiatives that aim to promote systems change for the advancement of racial equity and social justice. The Research Directors will be responsible for developing and overseeing a portfolio of mission-aligned education research projects within their departments, spanning pre-K through postsecondary, and for leading a collaborative team of diverse researchers in its execution through human-centered and equitable management practices. They will provide day-to-day leadership for their department and project teams. Reporting directly to the Chief Research Officer (CRO), Research Directors are key members of RFA’s leadership structure who actively contribute to developing organizational strategies that further advance RFA’s mission internally and externally and serve as a critical liaison between research team members and leadership. The Research Directors will play an integral role in refining the goals and strategy of their new departments through a highly collaborative and inclusive process. Candidates for these positions thrive in dynamic environments and are able to capitalize on the opportunities that come with uncertainty. They bring a strong commitment and toolkit to apply critical and equitable approaches to research, a strong asset-based approach to management, and a complementary set of research skills and expertise. *The persons in these positions must be based in or within a proximal distance of Philadelphia, PA that allows them to spend approximately two days per month at RFA’s Center City Philadelphia office for in-person meetings or events. Presently, RFA staff are working remotely from PA and other states with occasional inperson organizational activities taking place in Philadelphia. Many RFA researchers engage in in-person research and other job-related activities across the nation.

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