Senior Study Director - College & Career Readiness - Remote Eligible

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville, VA
Posted
Jul 20, 2021
Closes
Aug 10, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Industry
Education, Research
Hours
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat has an immediate opening for a senior study director to join our team of technical assistance experts in our education practice supporting our College and Career Readiness Portfolio. In this leadership role you will use your demonstrated experience working with private education, non-profit and/or government agencies to lead initiatives in advancing policies and practices to support increases in student credit earning, college going, persistence and completion as well as workforce preparedness and enagement. You will also develop our internal team growth and business development related to college readiness, access, and success and workforce readiness and placement.  

Job Responsibilities
•    Share your knowledge and expertise to help state education agencies (SEAs), regional educational agencies (REAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and institutes of higher education (IHE) clients address their most difficult challenges using strategies that ensure long term outcomes are in focus, maximize available resources and create sustainable systems. 
•    Define client needs in a way that gets at root causes of the problems that our clients are trying to solve. 
•    Apply industry best practices and business principles to develop actionable recommendations.
•    Support communication efforts that contribute to the body of knowledge in the area of college readiness, access, and success and workforce readiness and placement.
•    Manage a portfolio of projects by supervising work of project leads including conducting due diligence and providing project management oversight required to meet client expectations. 
•    Lead teams to help clients identify success criteria, challenge establishing thinking and improve performance by employing strong project management practices. 
•    Lead research and technical assistance activities that provide innovative solutions and drive transformation. 
 
Basic Qualifications
•    Master's degree in relevant field and eight years of relevant experience providing capacity building support in a fast turnaround environment directly to clients with the intention of building program or organizational capacity within a local, state or federal education agency.  
•    Demonstrated management of large project teams.
•    Deep knowledge of the Higher Education Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and Perkins V Act.
•    Experience working with nontraditional students, including adult learners, at community colleges and other institutions.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Knowledgeable about education systems in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and/or West Virginia
•    Experience designing needs-based technical assistance projects for a variety of clients
•    Extensive knowledge about evidence-based practices
•    Familiarity with business development, including proposal writing
•    Ability to employ a variety of analytic tools to study different states, share ideas about new projects that the team might be able to undertake as a result of internal knowledge and skills, 
•    Experience working with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education 
•    Expert communication and presentation skills. Ability to synthesize the team's work into recommendations for presentation to clients and deliver oral and written reports to client management. 
 

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

 

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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