Director, Research and Evaluation
Position Announcement #122003 – Director, Research and Evaluation
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, nonprofit corporation created to ensure universal access to non-commercial high-quality programming and telecommunications services. We invest in programs and services that are educational, innovative, locally relevant, and reflect America’s common values and cultural diversity. We encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.
CPB is currently seeking to hire a Director, Research and Evaluation (Level 8). The salary range is $76,425 - $124,950 (salary level is commensurate with skills, education, and experience). This position reports directly to the Executive Director, Ready to Learn.
Manages strategic educational research efforts funded by CPB, primarily related to the Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Provides leadership and guidance in the development of research and evaluation goals and strategies. Supervises the work of third-party contractors and consultants charged with designing and implementing research and evaluation plans. Works in close collaboration with senior leadership and project partners to ensure that research and evaluation activities are aligned with and support project goals and priorities. Leads efforts to communicate research findings to stakeholders as well as general audiences.
• Participates with Executive Director, Ready To Learn, senior management within CPB, and project partners to set overall strategic direction of the research agenda.
• Leads and oversees Ready To Learn’s multi-year research and evaluation strategy, work plans, and budgets, and work closely with contractors and consultants to coordinate and review all assigned tasks, processes, deliverables, and final public-facing reports.
• Orchestrates and support scross-partner research collaboration and decision-making about project needs, ideas and opportunities, and best practices;
• Establishes and facilitates study-specific work groups comprised of key staff from partners and other stakeholders as appropirate;
• Manages research contracts from RFP to close out using CPB’s Grant Management System (GMS) process and align project workscopes, budgets and deliverables to overall goals and objectives.
• Collaborates with project partners to establish research dissemination plans for relevant research studies that leverage opportunities for advancing the national knowledge base regarding the effectiveness of public media’s leadership and innovations in early learning through content and engagement.
• Works with CPB’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), Program Operations team, IT and Web Services, and EMLE department colleagues as needed to ensure proper information and tools are in place to capture, track and disseminate critical research.
• Manages compliance and activities related to the U.S. Department of Education’s research requirements including the Government Performance Reseults Act (GPRA) and What Works Clearinghouse standards. This work reflects the Initiative’s progress and outcomes and other relevant data.
• Collaborates with partners and others as appropriate to coordinate and develop professional learning experiences and materials for public media station personnel to build their awareness and knowledge of research findings, outcomes data, and opportunities for local station use and sharing with regional and state partners and stakeholders.
• Keeps current on research, trends, and best practices related to learning through media and Ready To Learn’s overall priorities
• Ensures culturally-responsive research practices that inform and support public media’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA).
• Represents CPB and RTL research as appropriate at internal and external meetings, conferences, and other events
• Supports CPB’s education and children’s media leaders in advancing the goals of the Educational Media and Learning Experiences department to grow and support quality content, a strong system of local public media stations, and national public media partners through research.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Advanced Degree in education research or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• A minimum of seven years experience developing or managing research designs, logic models and implemention strategies.
• Demonstrated experience planning, organizing and managing complex projects and activities as well as demonstrated success meeting critical deadlines.
• Expert knowledge of various research and evaluation models and methods including but not limited to landscape analysis, content design and usability testing, implementation and context studies, data analytics research, exploratory and innovation studies, and randomized controlled trials.
• Knowledge of culturally responsive research plans and designs that reflect best practices for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA).
• Strong collaborative leadership skills with the ability to cultivate and support highlyinterdependent cross-partner research work teams.
• Excellent interpersonal communications, writing, and analytical skills with a demonstrated ablity to present complex ideas in comprehendable terms.
• Some travel required.
• Doctoral degree in educational research or related field.
• Experience in a non-profit or public service environment.
• Previous grant or contract management experience.
For more information about CPB, our programs, and our mission, please visit our website at www.cpb.org. Please submit your cover letter and resume to -
As of January 2022, all CPB staff are temporarily working 100% remotely/telework due to the pandemic health situation. This telework status will be reviewed again in 60 days.
Must show proof of COVID vaccination while employed by CPB. Exemptions for religious and medical reasons will be considered. Must follow all workplace safety and health protocols as directed.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has a commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we welcome applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or status with regard to public assistance.