Director K-12 and Post-Secondary Education - MDRC

MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the well-being of low-income people, is seeking a dynamic, skilled and committed professional to join its senior leadership team as Director of K-12 and Post-Secondary Education (“The Director”). The Board and leadership of MDRC seek to provide reliable, nonpartisan evidence and the highest-quality technical assistance and advice to its public and private partners. The Director of K-12 and Post-Secondary Education is a key member of the leadership team which is responsible for governing the organization and formulating strategy to build evidence that can improve policy and practice.

From its inception, MDRC has brought its creativity and rigor to a growing range of policy areas and target populations. Once known primarily for evaluations of state welfare-to-work programs, MDRC also studies public school reforms, employment programs for ex-prisoners and people with disabilities, early childhood services and family-strengthening services, and programs to help low-income people succeed in college. The organization is known not only for the high quality, integrity, and rigor of its research, but also for its commitment to building evidence and improving practice in partnership with school districts; community colleges; federal, state, and local governments; foundations; and community-based organizations.

Reporting to the President, the Director will lead two closely aligned areas of MDRC’s work in K-12 and post-secondary education. The Director will be a leader with extensive knowledge in education policy and experience in building rigorous evidence that supports and improves outcomes for low-income students. The Director will be skilled in developing a strategic vision for this work and at working with leadership and staff to conceive, fund, design, and manage a broad range of high quality projects. The Director will be effective at working collaboratively across the organization and integrating seamlessly into a high-functioning team. MDRC seeks an individual who will provide strategic intellectual leadership across the organization’s education portfolio, forge and develop new funding from varied and diverse sources, serve as a key communicator with users and funders of its work, provide strong managerial and organizational skills, and provide leadership to inform the ever-changing educational landscape with MDRC’s work.

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

Daniel Rodas is leading this search with Liz Vago and Gregg Glover.

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MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.