The University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab is seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute scientific and intellectual leadership to the organization and our work. The primary role of the Research Director is to direct a portfolio of applied research projects in association with faculty members and research teams focused on reducing crime and violence and improving educational performance and attainment and other life outcomes for disadvantaged youth in addition to facilitating technical assistance work for government partners and strategic partners.
Provide scientific direction on all projects, ensure the rigor, and quality of all work.
Manage and mentor research and project staff.
Help set and contribute to organizational priorities as part of the management team.
Report to the Executive Director.
Work collaboratively with senior faculty members at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, other research directors, and with partner agencies.
Contribute to the scientific content of research proposals.
Assist the Executive Director and other faculty affiliates in supporting fundraising, dissemination, and policymaker outreach activities.
Contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Crime and Education Lab should take on.
Management of staff and leadership on organizational initiatives.
This position is based in Chicago, IL.
Strategic leadership skills required.
Supervisory skills required.
Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
Knowledge of scientific applications required.
Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
Knowledge of content areas â“ Crime and Education â“ strongly preferred.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Ph.D required in public policy, economics, criminology, education, statistics, computer science, or other relevant field with substantial policy and research experience or defended your dissertation by Fall 2018.
The successful candidate will have expertise in all aspects of the research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects in the area of criminal justice or education policy or related area of social policy and an interest in finding and testing innovative solutions to urban problems.
Preference will be given to those who understand and use methods of causal inference and who have proven experience working with interdisciplinary research teams and agency and community stakeholders.
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