Job Opportunity: Heldrich Center at Rutgers University

The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy are recruiting a Research Professor and Director of Research and Evaluation.

Individuals who wish to substantially contribute to state and national workforce development policy and practice through research, evaluation, data analysis, and policy analysis are invited to apply. 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 (NJEEDS), including conducting and supervising research using NJEEDS data. NJEEDS is the state’s centralized longitudinal data system that links administrative data from the state’s K-12 education, postsecondary, workforce development, and human service programs.

The Research Professor/Director will also teach data analytics and data management to master's and Ph.D.-level students 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 qualitative methods.

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 NJEEDS in partnership with New Jersey 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 Heldrich Center's research and evaluation portfolio, developing research and evaluation staff capacity, and overseeing product quality control and improvement efforts.

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.

The position requires:

  • 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, using data analysis and data visualization software and tools, and knowledge and experience working with SQL databases.
  • 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 analysis.
  • 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 sets.
  • Demonstrated administrative, project management, and grant writing skills.
  • 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 project scopes.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Excellent public presentation skills and the ability to represent the Heldrich Center to senior policymaker audiences; workforce development and higher education practitioners and field leaders; federal, state, and local government officials; and philanthropy. 

Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications are accepted online.