Research Professor and Director of Research and
Interested candidates should apply online
Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce
Development (HCWD) and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning
and Public Policy are recruiting a Research Professor and Director
of Research and Evaluation.
We invite applications from individuals who wish to
substantially contribute to state and national workforce
development policy and practice through research, evaluation, data
analysis and policy analysis. The Bloustein School and
the Heldrich Center are seeking an individual who will assume
senior leadership responsibilities for the development and
management of sponsored research studies, designing and supervising
program evaluations using both qualitative and quantitative
methodologies, supervising professional research and evaluation
staff, and overseeing the management and governance of the New
Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJJEEDS, including
conducting and supervising research using NJEEDS data.)
NJEEDS is the state’s centralized longitudinal data system,
which links administrative data from the state’s K-12 education,
post-secondary, workforce development, and human service
The Research Professor/Director will also to teach data
analytics and data management to masters and Ph.D.-level students
who are enrolled in the Bloustein School’s academic programs in
planning, public policy, and public health. He or she would also
serve on the dissertation committees for students who are using
large data sets and advanced quantitative analytic methods.
Located in the Bloustein School, the Heldrich Center conducts
research and analysis on workforce development, education, and
higher education policies and programs and provides independent
research-based information and technical assistance designed to
inform state and national policy and practice. The Heldrich Center
has a 20 year track record in evaluating workforce, education and
social services programs using a wide range of quantitative and
Specific responsibilities include:
- Develop, design and direct rigorous research studies and
program evaluations in workforce development, education and higher
education, including a strong emphasis on the analysis and visual
display of quantitative data.
- Lead and supervise the Heldrich Center’s research and
evaluation team, conduct project management responsibilities, and
lead and supervise the governance, maintenance, and expansion of
the NJEEDS system in partnership with NJ state agencies.
- Identify and support the development of new research and
evaluation projects and external funding opportunities, including
writing grant proposals.
- Engage in strategic planning and assistance in setting the
HCWD’s research and evaluation portfolio, developing research and
evaluation staff capacity, and overseeing product quality control
and improvement efforts.
Minimum Education and Experience
Doctoral degree in economics, public policy, planning, political
science, sociology, statistics or related fields and significant
research experience analyzing employment, education, training,
higher education, and social service data. Proven record of
excellence in research, and capacity for initiating, maintaining,
and completing complex research projects.
- Significant experience leading sponsored research teams,
supervising research staff, and/or experience working in
organizations conducting large scale research and program
evaluations, especially those involving individuals across a range
of fields and disciplines. Proven track record of completing
research and evaluation studies and research products of high
quality on time and within budget.
- Significant knowledge of U.S. policy, systems and practice in
the fields of workforce development, higher education, human
services, and/or K-12 education.
- Experience teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level,
and a proven record of working collegially with individuals from a
variety of fields and disciplines.
- Proven record and experience in data analysis with large data
sets, and using data analysis and data visualization software and
tools, and knowledge and experience working with SQL
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Advanced knowledge and subject matter expertise in the
workforce development field broadly defined. Strong knowledge of
U.S. workforce development and higher education policy and practice
at the state and federal levels.
- Proficiency in research design, quantitative and qualitative
methods, and statistics and evaluation techniques. Requires
exceptional quantitative analysis skills and demonstrated ability
to use such programs as R, Python, and Julia to conduct data
- Experience working with large relational (SQL) databases and
managing large data sets using such programs as Hadoop, Hive,
Cassandra, Spark, a plus.
- Significant knowledge of data management, security and
confidentiality of individual-level data in large public data
- Demonstrated administrative, project management, and grant
- Strong writing and communications skills.
- Ability to conduct and oversee all aspects of project
management including budget and salary management, supervision of
research staff, faculty and/or consultants, project reporting to
sponsors, and providing research deliverables on line and within
budget, and adjust professionally to changing priorities and
- Ability to work well as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary
- Excellent public presentation skills and the ability to
represent the HCWD to senior policy maker audiences, workforce
development and higher education practitioners and field leaders,
federal, state and local government officials, and