<p>A full-time (100% FTE) position is open in the Institute on Community Integration’s (ICI) National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). NCEO provides national leadership on the inclusion of English Learners (ELs), students with disabilities, and ELs with disabilities in comprehensive assessment systems. This research position is designed to conduct currently funded and future research on issues related to the assessment of ELs and ELs with disabilities. Primary duties will involve research design, data collection and management, data analysis and writing technical reports as well as peer reviewed journal articles and making presentations at state and national conferences. It is also a position for which the researcher will be expected to assist with grant writing and developing new research opportunities including authoring sections of proposals. Preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications is an essential component of this position. The individual who fills this position will primarily work on the Improving Instruction for English Learners through Improved Accessibility Decisions project which seeks to improve teachers’ understanding of how to select, implement and evaluate the use of instructional and assessment accessibility features and accommodations for ELs. This project will conduct research, and develop online modules and other materials for educators and parents. The individual who fills this position will also work on NCEO’s namesake project which is an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funded national technical assistance center, the National Technical Assistance Center to Increase the Participation and Improve the Performance of Students with Disabilities on State and Districtwide Assessments, and other projects.</p><p><strong>Job Duties/Responsibilities</strong></p><p><strong><u>Research (75%)</u></strong><br />• Formulate and develop appropriate methods for data collection based on project parameters and needs.<br />• Design, implement and manage research studies and projects independently and in collaboration with other researchers.<br />• Create research that includes both qualitative and quantitative data analysis methodologies.<br />• Use research literature to design, develop, and write content for online professional development modules and text-based materials for educators and parents.<br />• Engage in scholarship that will lead to reports and peer-reviewed journal articles; and, that will provide useful information to policymakers, the Federal government, states, and other stakeholders.<br />• Collaborate with other research at NCEO and other institutions to assure the most current theoretical and analytical approaches.<br /><br /><u><strong>Research Development and Management (25%)</strong></u><br />• Supervise the work of professional staff and students in relation to specific project activities.<br />• Ensure IRB policies are followed for all research involving human subjects.<br />• Design, implement and manage research projects, including the management of project activities independently, the development and management of work plans, timelines, and resources to meet project goals. Independently develop and lead new lines of research.<br />• Facilitate state efforts to implement the requirements the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by providing research-based and policy-appropriate information.<br />• Plan and conduct events (teleconferences, webinars, meetings, etc.) for diverse audiences including State and federal department of education staff, educators, parents, and researchers.<br />• Complete other tasks as assigned.</p>
<p><strong>Required Qualifications:</strong> The successful applicant must have:<br />• Ph.D. in education, educational psychology, organizational leadership, public policy or related field.<br />• At least 5 years of research experience.<br />• Experience designing and competing analyses of research projects that utilize both qualitative and quantitative research methods.<br />• Experience in data collection procedures and data management.<br />• Evidence of good professional writing skills, including research reports, peer reviewed research articles, or other print and electronic publications and presenting at conferences and professional meetings.<br />• Demonstrated knowledge of ELs or ELs with disabilities in K-12 educational settings in the U.S.<br />• Strong collaboration skills.<br />• Ability to travel outside of Minnesota on a regular basis.<br />• Eligibility for Principal Investigator (PI) status within one year of hire.<br />• Supervision of professional staff and graduate students.<br /><br /><strong>Strongly Desired Qualifications</strong>: Of particular interest but not required are:<br />• Experience in grant writing.<br />• Knowledge and/or experience working with students with disabilities.<br />• Familiarity with the inclusion of ELs, ELs with disabilities, or students with disabilities in statewide assessment systems.<br />• Strong organizational and communications skills.<br />• Experience writing professional development materials for educators, and providing technical assistance to states.<br />• Experience in completing an IRB process for research studies in education, psychology or related discipline.</p>
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