Director, Research and Development

Position Type:
Administration and Professionals

Date Posted:
2019-08-21-07:00

Location: Administration or As Assigned

Job Profile Summary

Department: Portfolio Office
Reports to: Chief Portfolio Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary/hourly rate: Band 15: $73,440-$102,816
Location: Central Office/As assigned

The Director, Research and Development, is responsible for a number of primary functions including designing, implementing, maintaining, and improving information management strategies which allow District customers (students and families, teaching faculty and school-based staff, administrators and District leaders, and business, government, philanthropic, corporate, and community members) easy and successful access to the information they need in order to support the goals of the District as effective decision-makers; and leading ongoing research activities (including both methodologically rigorous studies and informal action research projects) to test existing theories of practice, monitor progress on District improvement goals, and inform improved teaching and learning.

Responsibilities
  • Actively participates in the development and implementation of a reform-minded vision for District improvement and assists in the development of the strategic initiatives necessary to achieve that vision
  • Serves as the Director of the Department Research and Evaluation
  • Coordinates and assists with ongoing school leadership team professional development and training, focusing specifically on the integrated role of using research in the successful implementation of long-term student achievement gains
  • Maintains strong collaborative relationships with departments within CMSD and with outside agencies to ensure the exchange of critical information is fluent, correct and timely
  • Develops reporting processes and training protocols to ensure timely distribution of research results and insights to the school, District, and community stakeholders
  • Constructs and leads methodologically rigorous research studies which test and ultimately inform the District's theories of action
  • Facilitates action research projects to test various practitioner hypotheses
  • Oversees data analysis and develops appropriate reporting mechanisms to inform identified District needs
  • Manages the District's participation in external research requests, including establishing and maintaining appropriate internal review protocols, ensuring compliance with FERPA requirements, and balancing a position of advocacy for quality educational research with the responsibility of screening students, schools, and families from unnecessary or inappropriate testing noise
  • Ensures that legal and ethical testing practices are properly implemented
  • Meets the high standards and executes the responsibilities of a public official as set forth in Board of Education policy, as established in municipal, state, and federal law, and as governed by the laws and standards of the Ohio Ethics Commission


Qualifications
  • BA/BS with 5-7 years of successful experience in data analysis, statistical reporting or similar data-rich work required
  • Advanced degree in Education or the Social Science preferred
  • K-12 successful experience as a K-12 classroom teacher and/or administrator, a plus
  • Ability to analyze data and to problem solve data issues
  • Experience with database software, and with data analysis packages and procedures to ensure proper interpretation and reporting of critical information
  • Ability to work on several projects concurrently
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with stakeholders at all levels of the district and community
  • Demonstrated management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven experience working in a team-oriented environment

Working Conditions/Physical Demands
  • Expected moving, walking and standing consistent with an office environment and occasionally lifting up to 15 pounds
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk and sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee is frequently required to talk and/or hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a normal office environment
  • Local travel may be required for training/meetings


Education

To Apply
Please submit your resume and application using our online Workday system.
It's in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of an FBI/BCI background check and drug screen.

At CMSD, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. CMSD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.

Learn More
CMSD: www.clevelandmetroschools.org
Teach Cleveland: www.teachcleveland.org

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