Civil Rights Project Seeks Higher Education Researcher

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 01:00
Civil Rights Project seeks
Higher Education Researcher
The CRP is looking for a researcher with a specialty in higher education policy research. The right candidate is a self-starter and creative problem solver with the ability to manage a complex research project, analyze data, write well and clearly for a policy audience, and research and develop additional sources of funding for research. At the Civil Rights Project, experience in diverse communities and familiarity with other languages and cultures are always bonuses for job candidates.

To apply for this position, you must submit an application via the UCLA Human Resources website at:  
Additional details about the researcher's responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Research and Analysis

  • Plan a complex research project, initially on community college structures and inequality of access to college opportunity, and later on other identified areas, including identifying research questions, and designating appropriate methodological approaches and technical designs. 
  • Monitor and assist in sampling, instrument development, training, data collection and analysis, and interpretation and report writing task.
  • Develop and supervise plans to commission and edit new research or public policy documents and work collaboratively with commissioned researchers, attorneys, other scholars, and other key stakeholders.
  • Monitor research progress and assure project completion within established budget and timeline.
 Writing and Dissemination of Reports
  • Write, edit and complete high quality and timely reports of research and other policy documents on higher education access and civil rights policy for publication, including recommendations for public policy, practice, and future research. 
  • Author reports in a style that is useful for a broad audience, including advocates, reporters, policy makers, researchers and higher education administrators. 
  • Disseminate results of project research through appropriate channels including professional publications, and presentations to academics, practitioners, and policymaker groups. 
  • Write and coordinate press releases on recent reports; field and coordinate questions from the media (newspapers, radio, television). 
  Proposal and New Research Development
  • Identify areas where additional research is needed to inform the debate and implementation of higher education policy. 
  • Help identify funding sources for potential projects. 
  • Consult with funding agencies and collaborate with research partners as necessary to design studies to meet identified needs, using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies as appropriate. 
  • Develop persuasive proposals, management plans and project budgets in collaboration with CRP team to assure timely and cost effective completion of work. 
 Skills, Knowledge and Ability
  • Advanced working knowledge of educational research, public policy, or related field sufficient to understand, plan, manage, and conduct research and public policy projects on higher education, including admissions processes used in higher education systems, the effectiveness of alternative admissions models in interracial contexts, community college structures, and/or other areas.
  • Ph.D. in education, public policy, or related field.  MPP or other relevant degree will also be considered. 
  • Published research on higher education policy and/or civil rights issues.  
  • Working knowledge and skill in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, design and analysis, and development of data collection plans and instruments (surveys, interviews, observations).
  • Demonstrated skill in writing grammatically and substantively correct reports and deliverables suitable for publication in professional journals, press releases, and/or meet the requirements of the grant or contract which funds the project.
  • Demonstrated ability to make oral group presentations to present project information and explain the methods and the meaning of the work being performed.  
  • Demonstrated skill in working as part of a team; ability to collaborate with colleagues.
  • Ability to travel to sites within and outside the state to represent the Civil Rights Project as required by the research or at the request of the Co-Directors.
  • Experience in diverse communities and familiarity with other languages and cultures.