Post-Doc/Project Manager

  • HighScope Educational Research Foundation
  • Jul 15, 2020
Full time Education Nonprofit-Social Services Research

Job Description

We are currently seeking a Post-Doc/Project Manager* to begin in September 2019. The role will primarily be on a grant awarded to HighScope from the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant: Supporting Preschool and Kindergarten Students’ Self-Regulation Through HighScope Curriculum Enhancements: Plan-Do-Review and Conflict Resolution. The goal of this project is to improve the self-regulation skills of Detroit preschool and kindergarten students by building off the historic HighScope Perry Preschool Study. This project is in partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District.


  • Manage the research efforts of early care and education projects.
  • Contribute to data collection through instrument development and managing incoming data.
  • Coordinate teacher training and coaching.
  • Observe coaches and teachers in the classroom, troubleshooting challenges in fidelity of implementation.
  • Lead and attend meetings with district administrators, teachers, and project partners.
  • Oversee day-to-day research and evaluation activities including budgeting, planning, analysis, and mentoring staff.
  • Code and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Lead and contribute to writings and publications, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, research briefs, progress reports, annual reports, and blog posts.
  • Lead and contribute to presentations at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Lead and contribute to grant writing.
  • Maintain communication with federal project officer and participate in i3 learning community webinars and activities.
  • Maintain communication with participating teachers and families, including hosting meetings and writing newsletters.
  • Manage and collaborate with research and evaluation partners at the Center and beyond.
  • Build and maintain relationships in the school district and the Detroit community.
  • Use existing data at the Center to contribute to your own line of research.
  • Travel to local and national meetings and conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Ph.D. in developmental psychology, early childhood education, or related field. ABD or a Masters with highly relevant experience will be considered.
  • Experience conducting research in child care centers and/or schools, particularly in low-income, urban communities.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of the early care and education field and achievement/opportunity gap.
  • Knowledge of the development of and interventions to support self-regulation in young children.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the design and implementation of a large-scale research and/or evaluation project and/or initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a research and/or evaluation project.
  • Proficient use and understanding of statistical analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, MPlus) and procedures (e.g., HLM, mixed methods, moderation and mediation).
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Superb creative thinking and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with team members, project partners, and funders.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of early childhood self-regulation literature and classroom-based interventions, including teacher coaching desired.
  • Knowledge of fidelity of implementation and improvement science literature desired.
  • Agile, entrepreneurial, and a team player who seeks to advance the Center and its goals.
  • Self-starter able to work independently, along with the judgment to seek supervision and/or input from others when necessary.
  • Ability to develop new value-added relationships with potential collaborators and stakeholders.

*This position is contingent on continual funding for the i3 grant project. The primary duties for this position will last approximately two years. While continual funding of this position is a priority, no guarantee of employment is implied after this 2-year period.

Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief writing sample, and contact information for three professional references for consideration.