Research Manager, ATEMA - University of Puerto Rico

Organization:
Country:
  • Puerto Rico
Education:
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Other advanced degree
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • Spanish
Length of Commitment:
Two years

A research practice partnership led by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) seeks a Research Manager to serve as liaison between the Research Team, UPR, and the PRDE. The Research Manager will support the impact evaluation of the Aplicación de la

Tecnología en la Enseñanza de las Matemáticas (ATEMA) program, a program that trains math teachers in Puerto Rico on how to incorporate Khan Academy into their teaching practices. The Research Manager will be a part-time (50%) position, and the incumbent will receive mentorship, training, and support from the PRDE Research and Evaluation Officer and the Research Team.

Working closely with researchers and policymakers, the Research Manager will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating data sharing and collection, monitoring research project execution, managing relationships across project partners, and supporting research implementation efforts.

As the research team is mostly remote, the Research Manager will be the on-the-ground staff ensuring the planned evaluation successfully launches and will be the primary liaison between the research team and the data collection and program implementation activities.

The manager will be an employee of the University of Puerto Rico, will be based in San Juan, and will report to the PRDE Research and Evaluation Officer. The Research Manager will spend a considerable amount of time on site at the PRDE, which may assign office space for the project.

The individual will have an opportunity to work with a team of economists at the University of Toronto and the University of Puerto Rico, research staff at J-PAL North America based at MIT, and a variety of stakeholders at the PRDE. There is a possibility that the position could become full-time over time, subject to funding.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field (education policy, public policy, economics, etc.).
  • An understanding of common quantitative and analytical challenges in field research. Relevant work experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated passion for improving public service performance and solving social problems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Spanish and English, including policy memos, slide decks, and public speaking.
  • Exceptional project management capabilities and creativity in problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to use project management tools and software (e.g., Dropbox, GSuite)

Other Qualifications:

  • Record of accomplishment of adeptly navigating complex organizations and building relationships among diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Flexibility to successfully adapt and respond to changing circumstances, demands and expectations from stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with the Puerto Rican public school system is preferred.
  • Graduate-level training in public policy, business, law, economics, or related fields is
  • preferred.
  • Self-motivated with an orientation towards results over process.
  • Willingness to learn, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task are critical.
  • Authorization to work in the United States for three years.
  • An understanding of quantitative data analysis is preferred.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate efforts between the Research Team, UPRM, and PRDE to carry out the ATEMA project.
  • Provide ongoing project management support as needed on randomized control evaluations run in partnership with the PRDE.
  • Support the documentation of a rigorous project evaluation methodology.
  • Assist with community outreach and communication efforts to disseminate research findings and project results.
  • Provide technical assistance to the PRDE’s Institute for Professional Development as part of the creation of a Policy Research and Evaluation Unit that will lead efforts to structure a process to develop actionable research.
  • The manager may be requested to enroll in J-PAL or MIT MicroMasters courses in program evaluation.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (M/F/Disabled/Veteran)

How to Apply

1. Create a single PDF with the filename

“Firstname_Lastname_ATEMAResearchManager” that includes:

  • One page cover letter addressed to the Project Research Team which explains why you are interested in and qualified for this position;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (no more than 2 pages);
  • Transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate courses (unofficial transcripts accepted)

2. E-mail the PDF to [email protected] by August 5, 2021