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Director, Research & Data Partnerships

· Oakland, California
Employment Type Full-Time

GreatSchools is looking for a director-level professional with a passion for equity in education and experience working with the field of education researchers and/or advocates. Your work will help guide the direction of our strategy, insights, and analyses that help millions of families, policymakers, and grassroots, policy and civil rights organizations across the United States.  

GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents, especially those from underserved communities, to unlock educational opportunities for their children and support stronger schools in their community. We are the only national organization that collects education data from all 51 state departments of education and the federal government and then provides analysis, insights and school quality ratings to parents, communities, advocacy organizations, researchers, policymakers and others. We work to uncover bright spots in American education and catalyze discussions about equity. 

Reporting to the VP, External Affairs, The Director of Research & Data Partnerships will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Develop new partnerships and maintain existing relationships with academic institutions, researchers, external experts, and strategic partners and work with them to facilitate, design, and implement mission-aligned research and evaluation projects.

  • Work closely with the Sr. Director of Data Strategy to manage GreatSchools’ research agenda, develop a structure and processes to drive progress, share and learn. Work with internal teams and external partners to produce first-in-class data insights and connect these insights to relevant research and practice in the education field to drive impact.

  • Translate research findings for a broad audience and contribute to GreatSchools’ thought leadership efforts. Develop partner and communications activities (webinars, white papers, etc) to disseminate research findings and insights.

  • Represent GreatSchools with external audiences, build the organization’s profile as an R&D leader.

  • Develop and facilitate new, external advisory group of national education experts and researchers to inform GreatSchools ratings, research, and data insights work. Establish scope of work for group, guide the work, manage all communications, liaise between group and internal teams. 

  • Design, plan and execute annual convening of researchers. 

  • Develop funding opportunities based on research work and partnerships.


  • 5+ years experience working in education, advocacy, research partnerships and/or data driven impact organizations.

  • Familiarity with education research, education data, behavioral economics, or related social sciences. 

  • Skilled at engaging researchers and subject-matter experts from multiple disciplines to analyze K-12 education research and data, and identify promising interventions to test.

  • Must possess exceptional management and collaboration skills, able to lead and influence high-performing staff and colleagues, while also ready to roll up your sleeves.

  • Demonstrated success presenting complex data and research analysis to broad audiences, including strong public speaking skills and strong writing skills to develop and contribute to white papers, communications collateral, grant reports, etc.

  • Familiarity with Tableau a plus

  • Strong personal understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion principles, policies, and technical implementation, especially in education context.

The position is ideally based in Oakland, CA or Washington, D.C., though it is possible we will consider a remote employee. You must be willing to travel 1-2 times per quarter (2-4 day trips) to partner institutions, convenings and meetings across the country. If remote, periodic travel (2-3 times per year) to Oakland, CA will be necessary.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, along with your résumé. Your cover letter should include reasons why you want to work at GreatSchools. Résumés without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

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  • Location
    Oakland, California
  • Employment Type