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Research Manager

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
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Jun 24, 2022

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55000BRAuto req ID:55000BRJob Code:RS0057 Researcher III Humanities Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research ManagerSub-Unit: Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree in political science, public policy, economics, statistics, computer science or a related field, prior to starting in the position;
  • At least 5 plus years of professional work experience (relevant coursework may count towards this experience);
  • Experience with staff management; and
  • Strong facility with STATA or R.

All candidates invited for a phone interview will be required to submit a memo and complete a presentation based on a second case study.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document. Any applicant wishing to be considered for this position should indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either the cover letter or resume.

This position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:
  • Experience working with data of varying quality and from varied source systems;
  • Knowledgeable of statistical methods and their appropriate uses;
  • Able to identify methodological challenges, and have the capacity to resolve them or raise the issues to the appropriate level;
  • Able to synthesize and present findings to both technical and nontechnical audiences;
  • Able to describe methods to both technical and nontechnical audiences, including tradeoffs between methods;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions;
  • Experience working with (or in) education or the public sector preferred;
  • Demonstrated success managing completion of full research projects a plus;
  • Knowledge of enterprise data management systems /tools a plus;
  • Familiarity with Python a plus; and
  • Masters or doctorate degree strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.

HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school.

We do this by:

Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;

Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;

Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;

Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;

Communicating transparently and respectfully; and

Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.

About the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit:

Department:CEPRPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Research Position Description:

Data Analysis:
  • Lead the development of new analyses, including designing an analytic plan based on the review of data and determining appropriate analyses;
  • Guide and teach others in the appropriate use of statistical methods;
  • Gather feedback and suggestions from faculty, principal investigators, and senior researchers, and accurately interpret and act on recommendations for analyses; and
  • Quickly identify anomalies in the results and conduct further analyses to explain .

  • Perform complex programming tasks;
  • Teach others in formal and informal settings;
  • Apportion programming tasks across analysts to improve efficiency of the team;
  • Ensure code is appropriately quality controlled and documented.

    Partner Relations and Communications:
  • Participate in presenting key research findings to internal and external academic and nonacademic audiences; and
  • Contribute to drafting reports and presentations for partner leadership, including school boards, superintendents, and principals.

Teamwork and Management:
  • Manage successful completion of significant portions of larger projects including:
  • Developing work plans,
  • Meeting deadlines,
  • Ensuring work meets highest quality standards,
  • Producing presentations and reports,
  • Coordinating PIs and/or project directors, and
  • Working with external partners (districts, organizations, etc.);
  • Serve as project director for longterm engagements with school districts, state agencies, and other education organizations;
  • Train, develop and supervise junior staff;
  • Maintain open and clear communication with PI / project director; and
  • Contribute to the development of new projects and proposals.

School/Unit:Harvard Graduate School of Education EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:

Once Harvard resumes regular operations this position will no longer be remote and work will be performed on campus in Cambridge MA.

NOTICE: Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the Universitys COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the Universitys COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage:

Job Summary:

The Research Manager will be part of a growing team at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. CEPR seeks to transform education through the power of research and evidence. CEPR and its partners believe all students will learn and thrive when education leaders make decisions using evidence, rather than hunches and untested assumptions.

In pursuit of this end, CEPR both conducts cutting-edge quantitative research on critical topics for the field and develops new and faster models of education research that can better support education leaders. The Research Manager will be a critical part of the CEPR team, helping education leaders around the country to learn whats working and whats not in education.

The Research Managers primary responsibility is to lead analyses and be the hub for CEPR research projects working with PIs, a team of research analysts, and external research partners to assure the timely execution of CEPRs research projects.
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