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Associate Director for Regional Research

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Associate Director for Regional Research
Department Sociology
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S17430
Open Date 05/10/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is a research-practice partnership between Rice University and several Houston-area school districts. HERC aims to improve the connection between education research and decision-making, with the ultimate goal of closing socioeconomic gaps in educational achievement and attainment in Houston.

HERC is seeking a full-time Associate Director for Regional Research (ADR) to oversee research produced in partnership with a set of school districts in the Houston region (approximately 10 districts), including the development of research questions and research design, data management, and collaborating with district leaders throughout the research process. The ADR will collaborate with the Director and other Associate Directors. The ADR will be responsible for engaging with all partner districts on a regular basis to ensure that all collaborative research goals are met and that data access is acquired. Additionally, the ADR will communicate with external researchers and collaborators such as the Texas Workforce Commission, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, and the Texas Education Agency to acquire needed data.

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Social science or education field.

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred
Experience Required 3 years
Type of Experience

Relevant research experience.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

- Experience conducting quantitative analyses (e.g., multilevel modeling, experimental and quasi-experimental methods).
- Experience working with school districts in a research capacity.
- Experience managing a research team.
- Experience communicating with district leaders and researchers.
- Experience working in a research institution, especially a research-practice partnership.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Knowledge of statistical software packages such as Stata, R, or HLM.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

Will work closely with the HERC Director, Associate Directors, Research Analysts, and HERC staff. May have occasional contact with Rice administration, faculty, and students.

Physical Demands

Must be able to sit for extended periods of time at a computer terminal and move about campus for meetings.

Working Conditions

Occasional travel and weekend/evening work. May have to meet with various school district personnel at their designated district offices on a regular basis.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Job Duties

Job Duty Name Other
Description of Job Duty

- Complete other duties as assigned.
- Run regional research meetings.
- Meet with district leaders.
- Attend weekly staff and research team meetings.

Percentage of Time 5
Job Duty Name Research and Research Design
Description of Job Duty

- In cooperation with the Associate Director of Research Operations, lead the research design and analysis of multiple projects.
Supervise regional research projects.
- Develop policies to acquire data.
- Communicate regularly with internal and external stakeholders.
- Collect, organize, manage, and maintain original data as needed, working with the Urban Data Platform at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
- Locate new data, acquire any necessary permissions to use, extract, and merge data with data from other sources (including local school district data).
- Analyze data according to the research agenda.
- Assist with writing reports for local school districts, foundations, and wider audiences, including journal publications and conference presentations.
- Consult and plan with the Director and other staff to develop, strategize and facilitate research processes.
- Professional development through travel to conferences and seminars for networking, training, and presentation of grant-related research.

Percentage of Time 70
Job Duty Name Supervisory Responsibilities
Description of Job Duty

- Must be able to effectively manage a small team of Research Analysts.
- Direct, and distribute workload of staff research analysts.
- Mentor postdoctoral fellows and research staff, and co-present grant-related research findings at appropriate professional conferences.
- Offer some training and mentorship to new research hires, Rice graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Percentage of Time 25

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Writing Sample
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. References/Recommendation Request
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in a social science or education field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have three or more years of relevant research experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have knowledge of statistical software packages such as Stata, R, or HLM?

    (Open Ended Question)