Senior Principal Education Researcher - College And Career Pathways

SRI International Arlington , VA 22201

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

SRI Education (a division of SRI International) is committed to bringing rigorous research and evaluation data to bear on important decisions concerning K-16 education. We are seeking to hire up to two Senior Principal Education Researchers. We seek candidates with strong research training and expertise in integrated academic and career-technical education, college and career readiness, and workforce development.

The Senior Principal Education researcher will:

  • Conceptualize, plan, lead and advance a body of research in area of expertise and is responsible for the intellectual leadership as principal investigator of large and complex projects, managing client relationships and interacting at senior levels in the client organization

  • Lead and collaborate with team members to design and conduct rigorous research, large-scale program evaluations and technical assistance efforts that inform important policy and program decisions concerning K-16 education and workforce development.

  • Write reports, policy papers, and articles for clients, policymakers, and practitioners, and present study findings to relevant audiences

  • Provide review and quality assurance to research designs, analysis, and reports of more junior staff

  • Increase impact and visibility of work through publications and conference presentations

  • Lead and support business development with federal, commercial, and foundation clients through marketing, proposal writing, and networking

  • Supervise and mentor other researchers and junior analysts in their career growth

  • Play an active role in CERI and SRI Education leadership

  • Contribute to a positive and professional working environment


  • Doctorate in Education, Public Policy, or a Social Science discipline or comparable experience

  • At least 8 years of research experience including at least four years as a principal investigator, co-principal investigator (PI) or project director (PD)

  • Knowledge of and experience with current issues in K-16 education and workforce preparation in secondary and early postsecondary education.

  • Track record of winning competitive bid contracts and grants with federal, state, foundation, and/or commercial clients

  • Experience with research design, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and reporting of results to varied audiences

  • Effective communicator, including excellent writing skills and the ability present research plans and findings in compelling ways

  • Strong interpersonal and supervision skills

  • Commitment to collaborative work

  • A passion to improve education for all students

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Training or experience in advanced experimental and quasi-experimental designs and analysis

  • Prior publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Experience strengthening STEM & Computer Science pathways

Please note that candidates who proceed to the onsite interview process will be asked to provide a writing sample.

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