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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R1904418

Education Research Director: Neglected and Delinquent Children and Youth Part-Time

Education Research Director: Neglected and Delinquent Children and Youth 

ICF seeks an Education Research Director with strong research experience in the education of neglected and delinquent children and youth.  The Child Welfare and Education line of business requires an experienced researcher to lead and manage research studies and/or program evaluations related to the implementation and effectiveness of ESSA Title I Part D programs. Primary responsibilities include providing high-level methodological design and project leadership to research and evaluation projects. Candidates must have a research or evaluation background in education.  A specialization in child welfare and/or juvenile justice is preferred.  Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to apply advanced methods and technical to design and implement research and evaluation projects with preference to candidates with national recognition in research focused on improving educational outcomes of neglected and/or delinquent children and youth. Preference will be given to candidates with an established track record in publication in one or more of these content areas. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a director or manager on complex research or evaluation projects; lead technical project activities of large or smaller projects; and projects or a series of smaller projects.
  • Work with team to conceptualize and develop research projects that incorporate participatory approaches.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for clients and manage budgets of large and small projects; develop long-term client relationships; and ensure technical, contractual, and financial performance of projects.
  • Design, implement, and manage large-scale research and evaluation projects that include large-scale, multisite, and multimethod designs and rigorous designs.
  • Manage team of staff with diverse backgrounds, levels of experience, and technical and content expertise and experience.  
  • Provide leadership to methodological and/or analytic strategies and the interpretation of study findings.
  • Recruit, develop, and manage diverse project teams and work groups
  • Lead the development of written products such as reports, briefs, manuals, and peer reviewed journal articles, and make presentations to various audiences on research findings.
  • Ensure quality control and adherence to project timelines and budgets, oversee production of high quality deliverables, and maintain rigorous and ethical research standards.  
  • Supervise and mentor other staff as assigned
  • Support professional development of ICF staff through peer to peer collaboration and mentorship of less experienced staff.  

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD preferred or a Master's Degree in behavioral, social sciences, or related field required.
  • Nationally recognized expert in education with experience in child welfare and/or juvenile justice.
  • 15 years of demonstrated experience in increasingly responsible roles with the design and implementation of research and/or evaluation studies.  Including experience managing diverse research or evaluation teams and serving as a principal investigator; and experience in the education of neglected and delinquent children and youth.
  • Knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analytic strategies required.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading complex research designs including mixed method, quasi-, and experimental research designs.
  • Substantive experience interacting with educational practitioners and stakeholders serving neglected and/or delinquent children and youth.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to supervising and mentoring staff required.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to work well with others; the ability to work independently and as a team member are required

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Multiple first-authored publications in peer reviewed journals in a social science field
  • Experience leading and securing Office of Management and Budget approval and institutional review board clearances
  • Demonstrated experience with foundational and emerging research methods (qualitative or quantitative) and related technologies
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical proposals for grants/contracts and securing new business
  • Demonstrated experience working as a Principal Investigator with Federal clients
  • Strong problem solving skills and management skills (of clients and internal teams)
  • Strong proficiency in either qualitative or quantitative analytic software and analytic techniques; ability to train more junior staff in application of these techniques
  • Ability to serve as a subject matter expert in the education of neglected and delinquent children and youth.  
  • Occasional travel for client meetings, business development, project activities may be required (approximately 10% of time).

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.comand we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

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