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Deputy Executive Director of Research and Evaluation (Full-Time)

Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
New York City, New York
Salary Range: $135,000-145,000
Posted Date
Sep 25, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $135,000 - $145,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the specific grant funding and the terms of the research grant when extending an offer. 

The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools is a research and professional learning services center that supports equity-focused, evidence-based innovations in educational research and programming. We operate as a complex collective of multiple sub-units with different areas of specialization. 

NYU Metro Center’s work falls into five categories: 1) technical assistance to districts and schools; 2) professional learning to teachers and leaders; 3) applied research and evaluation of district and school programs; 4) scholarly research conducted by NYU Metro Center researchers and NYU faculty affiliates; and 5) youth development programs including college readiness, youth-led advocacy and organizing, and youth participatory action research. NYU Metro Center has a history of experience providing assistance and mobilizing resources to address a variety of issues related to educational inequity, segregation, disproportionality, discrimination of all kinds, and social injustice.

The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (NYU Metro Center)  is seeking a Deputy Executive Director of Research and Evaluation (DED of R&E) to oversee the administrative, programmatic, and strategic plans of our research initiatives. 

Position Summary

DED of R&E supports the NYU Metro Center and its affiliates on conducting and supporting rigorous original research and evaluation related to educational equity. This includes supporting the Research & Evaluation sub-units, providing individualized grant support to faculty and researchers from conception through closeout, fostering intellectual community and thought partnership for faculty affiliates, and facilitating mentorship across vertical, lateral, and diagonal relationships. The DED of R&E reports to the Executive Director. 

This role is a hybrid position. The job duties for this position require onsite presence 60-80% of the time (i.e., 2-3 days per week).

Principal Responsibilities

The DED of R&E will support our team in the following ways:

Organization, Problem Solving,  and Collaboration  (30%)

  • Ensure alignment between Metro Center goals and initiatives and the goals and initiatives of the Research and Evaluation unit, its sub-units, and the NYU Metro Center’s faculty and research affiliates
  • Support and collaborate with sub-unit directors across the Research and Evaluation unit, including collaborating around sub-unit goal setting, operations, system-building, and evaluation
  • Support and collaborate with Research and Evaluation sub-unit directors on developing Individual goals and assessing performance
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Executive Director of School and Community Engagement on cross-cutting initiatives and support efforts to evaluate the impact of the School Change and Community Engagement unit
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to help articulate the narratives that tie Research and Evaluation  sub-unit identities to the broader identity of the Metro Center

Leadership (30%)

  • Set the vision for the Research and Evaluation unit in collaboration with the Executive Director (ED)
  • Liaise between the Research and Evaluation sub-unit directors, faculty and research affiliates, and the ED
  • Create short and long term goals for the Research and Evaluation unit in collaboration with the ED, sub-unit Directors, and faculty and research affiliates, and oversee the implementation of these goals
  • Help structure a program of research that centers equity-basd, anti-racism, and community partnerships
  • Seek out professional learning for Research and Evaluation sub-units, faculty, and research affiliates (e.g., training on grant writing; training on improving the use of research evidence; training on research-practice partnerships)

Faculty and Researcher Support and Mentorship (20%)

  • Seek and build relationships with NYU faculty and researchers with research interests related to the work of the NYU Metro Center
  • Support the intellectual community of faculty and research affiliates
  • Oversee mentorship initiatives for junior faculty and researchers, especially those underrepresented in academe
  • Collaborate with the NYU Metro Center finance team, Steinhardt Office of Research, and NYU Office of Sponsored Programs on grant pre- and post-award processes

External Partnerships and Funding (20%)

  • Engage in outreach and building relationships with potential research partners
  • Seek out grant opportunities for the Research and Evaluation unit, sub-units, and faculty and research affiliates


The ideal candidate is, first and foremost, committed to our organizational mission and vision and reflects the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Pre-K-12 education, psychology, education administration, social work, or a related field
  • Mid-career or senior scholar at least 7 years from the doctoral-level degree
  • Interest in supporting the scholarship of others
  • Integrity, interpersonal skills, professionalism, wisdom, and good judgment

Required Experience:

  • At least 5 years in a research focused leadership role (including as lead Principal Investigator)
  •  At least 7 years of experience conducting rigorous, equity-centered research with and/or on behalf of racially, culturally and linguistically diverse students, families, and communities
  • At least 10 years of experience applying for federal and foundation research grants in a university, governmental agency, think tank, research institute, or similar setting

Required Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of equity-centered, anti-racist, and community-based research
  • Expertise in social science theory, methods, and data analyses
  • Demonstrated success producing and communicating high-quality research and evaluation
  • Ability to be a self-starter, self-directed, and innovative around ideas for research and evaluation
  • Ability to manage multiple demands, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Experience managing multiple projects, including setting goals, tracking progress, and producing deliverables
  • Experience managing a team, including supervisory support 
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and collaborate effectively with team members 
  • Demonstrated ability to respectfully work and collaborate across differences, including race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and culture, and willingness to engage in conversations about racism and systemic oppression
  • Demonstrated success obtaining external funding

All interested individuals, including people of all races and national origin, people of all ages, people of all religions, people with or without disabilities, and/or people with any gender identity and sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.


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