First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply
within the first 14 days.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PURSUANT TO MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW,
CONTRACTED EMPLOYEES ARE NOT PAID FOR THE ELEVEN SCHEDULED
HOLIDAYS, DO NOT RECEIVE ANY PAID, VACATION, PERSONAL LEAVE
BENEFITS, OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR SOCIAL
SECURITY. AS A STATE CONTRACTED EMPLOYEE, YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN
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MASSACHUSETTS STATE ALTERNATE RETIREMENT PLAN, ("OBRA PLAN").
Contracted P20W Equity and Research Manager
Massachusetts is launching an initiative to build a unified,
easy-to-use Preschool-through-Workforce (P20W) Research and Data
Hub to serve educators, policy-makers and researchers by enhancing
the scope and quality of existing data as well as improving the
ways in which data are shared and utilized. This work builds on a
strong foundation of existing integrated data systems across K-12,
higher education and the workforce. Our goal is to significantly
enhance the quality and utility of this existing integration. The
work is organized into four strands: (1) Establishing a P20W
Statewide Data Governance Structure (DGS); (2) Creating a Research
and Data Hub to facilitate and organize the work of third-party
researchers; (3) Developing the state's approach to identifying and
promoting actionable evidence-based practices; and (4) Identifying
and addressing gaps in the quality and scope of existing data
The Contracted Equity and Research Manager will be primarily
responsible for strand (3), evidence-based practice communication
and implementation strategy. The Manager will guide, collect, and
synthesize research and will work with agency staff and external
stakeholders to identify target audiences and create robust plans
to disseminate relevant resources and support with implementation
of evidence-based practices. As part of this work, this position
would engage in robust, iterative and ongoing dialogue with all
stakeholders to ensure that the Hub is on track to support all
parties - internal and external - in accessing actionable research
and creating a culture of inquiry and evidence use across the
This is a grant-funded contract position through February 28,
2024. The Manager will work remotely initially due to the pandemic.
When staff return to the office, the Analyst may also be required
to be present at the DESE offices at 75 Pleasant St., Malden as
well as other meeting locations in the Boston area and around the
state as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Work with Executive Director to build a Massachusetts-based
"equity exemplar library", including:
- Prioritize and cultivate "burning questions" related to equity
gaps to be addressed through data research.
- Engage stakeholders in refinement of burning questions from the
Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Early
Education and Care (EEC), Higher Education (DHE) and the Executive
Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).
- Create and execute a process to identify, research and document
"equity exemplars", highlighting practices in schools, districts,
colleges, and other education programs and providers that have
demonstrated success in addressing equity issues.
- Develop and maintain a library of equity-focused case studies,
implementation guides and action-oriented resources.
Partner with offices in each agency to disseminate equity
exemplars to relevant schools, districts, colleges, and other
education programs and gather feedback on their usefulness and
- Develop a communication strategy to highlight research findings
and actionable recommendations, including:
- Engage research partners to stay abreast of new and emerging
research related to case studies and the Data Governance
Structure's burning questions with support from the Executive
- Partner with the Data and Policy Analysts to conduct case study
research and stakeholder communications.
- Identify a list of prioritized stakeholder groups and create a
targeted communication plan for each.
- Work closely with agency staff to integrate communication into
Create needed communication materials.
- Manage the public-facing portion of the Statewide Research Hub,
- Conducting ongoing stakeholder engagement to determine data
needs and gather feedback.
- Coordinate with the project manager from EOE IT and staff from
EOTSS to guide development of the public-facing portion of the
Statewide Research Hub.
- Work with EOE IT and EOTSS to update the data platform to
include a research highlight page.
The successful candidate will demonstrate most of the following
qualifications. Candidates not meeting all qualifications are still
encouraged to apply.
- Effective leadership that supports alignment to team goals and
decisions. Adapts to changing needs, conditions, and work
- Experience working with an explicit equity-based lens.
- Demonstrated experience in culturally responsive communication
with diverse stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Experience working with a range of diverse stakeholders and
tailoring approaches and communication to successfully meet project
goals and timelines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially
- Experience creating or contributing to publications about
educational research or practices.
- Ability to develop high-quality presentations and
- Commitment to efforts devoted to closing the achievement gap
and to addressing racial inequities in education.
- Familiarity with research related to achievement gaps and
common strategies used by schools to address gaps.
- Experience in the education sector.
- Familiarity with Massachusetts education policy
- Knowledge of current state and national landscape of education
research, including familiarity with publications and research
- Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with
individuals and teams.
Please include a copy of your cover letter.
This is a full-time contracted position of 37.5 hours per week
through February 28, 2024.
The yearly extension of this contracted position through
February 28, 2024 is contingent upon funding availability and
Questions regarding this posting or the application process
should be referred to Maureen O'Brien @
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
- Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and/or at least four
years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional
educational experience in a specific or related content area,
educational program or service;
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.