Title: Deputy Director, Primary Education and Learning in Emergencies (PELE)
Division/Department: Steinhardt/ IHDSC – Global TIES for Children
Reports to: J. Lawrence Aber
Work Location: New York University, Washington Square, with opportunities for travel
Work Schedule: Full-time
Salary (Pay Range): Commensurate with experience
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Start/End Date: March 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022
About NYU Global TIES for Children
Global TIES for Children is an international research center embedded within New York University's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) and supported by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and NYU New York.
At New York University's Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors Larry Aber and Hiro Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world's leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with governments in low-income (LI) and crisis-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:
Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant "social settings" (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children's learning and well-being;
Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and
Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.
In collaboration with TIES co-Director J. Lawrence Aber and in close consultation with TIES co-Director Hiro Yoshikawa, the Deputy Director (PELE) is responsible for ensuring the strategic and scientific direction of PELE in alignment with evolving TIES core goals, imperatives, and standards. The Deputy Director has three main responsibilities within the Center: (1) principal investigator of select PELE grants (3EA M&M Phase 2; Templeton award), as part of which she is responsible for ensuring the scientific soundness and successful completion of project goals against budget; (2) strategic oversight and management of PELE resources, including budget, staff, and fundraising; and (3) input into Center-wide development and planning, focused on elaborating and implementing Center and PELE strategic communications goals.
The Deputy Director (PELE) position will be at New York University's New York City campus, with periodic travel to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region required.
The Deputy Director (PELE) will report directly to co-Director Aber and work closely with other members of the TIES executive team and core consultants. She is responsible for the following activities:
Principal Investigator, 3EA M&M Phase 2 (60% time)
Provide policy, communications and scientific oversight and technical input for a mixed methods research project to iteratively develop and test a measure of children's holistic learning and development with a research-practice-policy partnership working at national scale in the Middle East
Lead the development of a research communications portfolio focused on designing and testing strategies to ensure the rigorous, responsible and responsive uptake and use of measures and evidence
Oversee the work of junior staff to ensure project activities are completed on time, with quality, within scope, and within budget.
Communicate and disseminate results of project activities through convenings, conferences, peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefs, blogs
PELE: (20% time)
In collaboration with co-Director Aber, manage the integrated PELE budget to make staff and fiscal resource decisions against evolving PELE objectives, contingencies, and plans
Oversee senior team members on the management of competing priorities and demands against team goals and resources
Plan, develop and execute fundraising strategies to reach agreed upon team goals
Represent PELE work for internal NYU and external audiences
TIES: (20% time)
Via meetings, email, and review of documents, advise from a team and holistic perspective on Center-wide development, planning, policy and management issues
Provide leadership support in TIES-wide initiatives (e.g., retreats, committees)
Coordinate with TIES consultant to elaborate a TIES strategic communications approach and tactics
Design/commission and disseminate communications templates, processes, graphics, and materials to support strategic communications approach
Benefits and Employment Conditions
Competitive salary (salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience) and attractive fringe benefits (health, dental, vision, retirement, etc.) and support for conference/event travel related to Center projects.
Minimum one-year commitment required, with the potential for renewal.
The candidate must have completed doctoral training in developmental science, human development, educational psychology, international education, international development, or a related social science field. Relevant skills in project management and team and organizational leadership necessary. Strong statistical analysis skills are required, including proficiency in quantitative methodology and psychometrics (with experience programming in STATA and M+ preferred). Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary, multi-country team; excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and perspective-taking; and excellent oral and written communication skills necessary. Experience working in low-income/conflict-affected countries; French and/or Arabic language proficiency; graphic/multimedia design; and track record of successful fundraising and academic publications and presentations for scholarly, policy, and practice audiences is preferred.
The position could begin as soon as March 1, 2020, though the start date is flexible. The position will be based in New York City at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University.
Statement of Interest
3 professional references (full name, contact number and email address)
1 writing sample (preferably a thesis chapter or published article).
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