Character Lab is looking for a Research Partnerships Manager. Reporting to the Director of Research Partnerships, they will support Character Lab Research Network’s (CLRN) data management and liaise with both external and internal partners to develop efficient systems for collecting and disseminating research data. They will also prepare and manage communications regarding research projects on the network, ensure project timelines are met, manage Character Lab’s open science initiatives such as coordinating preregistration, and manage Character Lab’s internal research. The Research Partnerships Manager will ensure that data management is running smoothly for our partner school districts and research collaborators. This person will come into a role where they can combine their passion for research and education with their skills in project management and communication.
We are looking for an individual who has hands-on experience with research, data collection and data management. To thrive within our small and dynamic team, the individual must be capable of juggling multiple projects at once, embracing time management, and spotting areas to improve process inefficiencies.
About Character Lab
Founded in 2013 by two educators (Dave Levin and Dominic Randolph) and one scientist (Angela Duckworth), Character Lab is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing scientific insights that help kids thrive. By connecting researchers with educators, Character Lab seeks to create greater knowledge about the conditions that lead to social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being for young people throughout the country. To learn more, go to www.characterlab.org.
Research suggests that character encompasses a multitude of strengths that can be organized into three dimensions: strengths of heart (interpersonal), like gratitude, enable harmonious relationships with other people; strengths of will(intrapersonal), like grit and self-control, enable achievement; and strengths of mind (intellectual), like curiosity, enable independent thinking.
Our culture is both challenging (we’re never done improving) and supportive (one of our core values is excessive generosity). We are a small team working under one roof. To learn more, read our Culture Book.
Liaising between researchers and school district data teams
Managing external vendor relationships, including an external data processing organization
Creating operational procedures for data management
Facilitating the work of top tier scientists
Ensuring quality communication and strong relationships with researchers
Coordinating data collections with schools/districts
Managing IRB protocols and grant proposals
Manage open science initiatives
Preparing and managing communications regarding research projects
Identifying opportunities for increased efficiency
Maintaining attention to detail and accuracy in all tasks
Bachelor’s in Psychology, Education, Statistics, Economics or a related social sciences field, Master’s preferred
5+ years work experience
Significant experience in social science research, with a strong passion for education; prior experience working in education a plus but not required
Prior experience with data management
Prior experience managing external vendors or consultants a plus
Excellent project and time management skills
Proficiency in at least one programming language a plus (Python, Matlab, Stata, C#, and/or R)
A high level of thoroughness and attention to detail, in order to maintain our high quality of work
Fierce work ethic and sense of purpose, with the ability to work well as part of a dynamic start-up
Highly effective interpersonal communication, collaboration, and writing skills
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors
Prolonged and irregular hours of duty, as necessary
Some light to medium level of manual labor (e.g., preparing mailings, moving boxes of materials)
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary is commensurate with the individual’s experience and skills. All full-time employees receive a comprehensive benefits package.
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About Character Lab
We're a non-profit on a mission to help kids learn and flourish.
We are a small team of researchers, designers, and educators who are working to do three things:
1) Discover the ideas and strategies that build character.
We co-design and fund research about character with a K-12 classroom in mind, and directly connect
researchers with those who work in schools.
2) Translate those good ideas to useful products.
Using the research results, we produce and curate practical tools for teachers and families.
3) Do everything we can to make sure that those who work with students do what the research says is best.
We partner with researchers to scale and replicate the best ideas for schools and homes.