Senior Research Project Manager

The Concord Consortium, a nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to transforming STEM education through technology, is looking for a Senior Research Project Manager specializing in STEM education, design-based research, and/or classroom-based research. The Senior Research Project Manager will work in the Concord, MA, office with Principal Investigators and bi-coastal research teams to manage and oversee research and development on learning in formal and informal settings. In particular, the Senior Research Project Manager will work closely with a project research team and oversee teacher recruitment, teacher support, and field testing of technologically enhanced, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned curriculum and assessment materials for middle and high school students. A primary responsibility is the coordination of curriculum testing and implementation of multi-classroom research studies of novel curricular materials that integrate inquiry-based pedagogy, modeling, sensor-based laboratories, and performance assessments in biological, physical, chemical, and Earth sciences. The Senior Research Project Manager should be familiar with inquiry-based pedagogy, NGSS, classroom research, and design-based study approaches. The Senior Research Project Manager will organize and lead teacher recruitment and training through workshops, provide support during curriculum implementations, and assist in assessment and research data collection across teachers and classrooms. As a member of a multi-disciplinary research team, the Senior Research Project Manager will also contribute to research analysis, curriculum development, documentation, and report writing. We’re looking for a team player who is excited to work in a stimulating, technology-rich environment to help make a difference in education.

This position will work on multi-year research projects that include the following:

InquirySpace 2 – This project will develop technology, curricular, and educative teacher materials to support learning science by doing science. This project builds on prior work that has demonstrated the feasibility of using a sequence of physics activities that significantly improved students’ abilities to undertake data-based experiments and led to productive independent investigations. InquirySpace 2 will improve the physics sequence, extend the approach to biology and chemistry, and adapt the materials to the needs of diverse students by integrating tailored formative feedback in real time. The result will be student and teacher materials that any school can use to allow students to experience the excitement and essence of scientific investigations as an integral part of science instruction. The project plans to create and iteratively revise learning materials and technologies, which will be tested in 48 diverse classroom settings. The educational impact of the project’s approach will be compared with that of business-as-usual approaches used by teachers to investigate to what extent it empowers students to undertake self-directed experiments.

InSPECT – The InSPECT project is forging new directions in science learning by applying computational thinking practices and a new generation of inexpensive technologies to allow high school students to undertake authentic science investigations in biology. The project will use maker-oriented technologies and inexpensive smart interfaces to create systems that, like devices constituting the “Internet of Things,” have sensors, actuators, and connectivity. The project will develop curricular units for high school students to sense and control experiments in biology, much the way professional scientists do. The project will research the feasibility of this approach and resulting student gains in computational thinking, science practices, and core science content. It will also identify teacher supports needed for classroom implementation. Research is taking place in partnership with multiple teachers in diverse settings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate user testing of multiple classroom studies to research, implement, and evaluate educational innovations
  • Organize study schedules and timelines for researchers, curriculum developers, and classroom observers under the direction of Principal Investigators
  • Design, develop, and implement teacher professional development workshops and teacher learning communities that meet design goals and align with research
  • Represent and communicate Concord Consortium projects in a liaison role to schools, district curriculum staff, and teachers to share research goals, conduct teacher recruitment, and support teacher preparation
  • Conduct site visits with researchers, research assistants, and classroom observers to gather information to improve research quality
  • Manage, coordinate, and conduct research documentation, report writing, and publications across team members
  • Assist with data analysis of qualitative and quantitative data sources
  • Create and present research posters, papers, and/or workshops at professional conferences
  • Work effectively with a variety of staff, including researchers, curriculum developers, technology developers, assessment experts, and other staff across the organization
  • Be willing to drive or commute to research data collection sites in schools in the areas surrounding the Concord, MA, office. Travel to the San Francisco Bay Area and other locations may be required occasionally.

Qualifications

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in science education, teacher education, educational research, assessment, and/or education technology
  • Undergraduate degree or beyond in one of the science or engineering disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, educational technology, education, or equivalent
  • Experience managing, coordinating, and conducting classroom-based implementation studies
  • Experience communicating with schools and working with teachers and teacher communities
  • Experience designing teacher materials and leading teacher professional development workshops
  • Experience working on large projects involving technology-enhanced materials.
  • Familiarity with National Science Foundation research compliance, report writing, and documentation
  • Extended experience and fluency with technology
  • Experience working with middle or high school students and teachers
  • Good team player (willing to pitch in and do what needs to be done!)
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

This is a grant-funded, 100% FTE position. The successful candidate will be required to work on site in Concord, MA, and must be authorized to work in the United States.

The Concord Consortium offers a rich variety of benefits, including up to four weeks of vacation, medical and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, a generous TIAA-CREF retirement plan, and life and long-term disability insurance. Our work environment is casual and stimulating. In general, we’re a creative, intelligent, happy bunch.

To apply

Please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to: hrjr+SRPM@concord.org. The Concord Consortium is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected under applicable law.