Director of Research & Policy

Position Summary:

The Director of Policy and Research is part of the administrative team at Briya Public Charter School — a leading two-generation education program serving parents and their young children. Briya is a Tier One Public Charter School, consistently achieving the highest educational outcomes through its innovative, family-centric programming.

Briya’s early childhood program serves children from six weeks through pre-kindergarten. While children attend the early childhood program, their parents attend adult education classes comprised of three highly integrated areas of study: English, parenting, and digital literacy. Briya also offers workforce development programs for advanced students who wish to pursue career-ready certifications. Briya has a strategic partnership with Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, further strengthening student families with comprehensive medical, dental, and social services.

Briya’s education program is diverse and wide-ranging and requires gaining expertise across several education programs and partner agencies. The Director of Policy and Research will be highly collaborative; an exceptional communicator, researcher and writer; and able to leverage program success into compelling reports and other materials to persuasively represent Briya’s mission and unique programming.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research and study educational and social issues related to Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Family Literacy, Special Education and other key points that are or should be on the agenda of policy makers including: Briya, Mary’s Center, PCSB and OSSE, local and federal government. Conduct literature reviews and policy scans to identify the most effective and strategically advantageous policies and practices for achieving the school’s objectives.
  • Maintain an overview of current educational research trends both nationally and locally. Provide information to supervisor, the Management Team, staff, and the Briya Board of Trustees. Explain key issues and possible solutions using qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Work with Management Team to develop ideas and solutions to key issues in education and develop policy proposals for addressing them according to research and best practices. Support Briya’s key stakeholders in being a credible and informed influence on local and national education policy. Ensure that the community realizes its commitment to Family Literacy.
  • Provide summaries, reports, policy briefs, presentations, and other materials on public and educational issues and policy solutions that help educate the staff, the public, the media and government policy makers. Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Respond to external request for information on the school and its policies.
  • Present findings to the Public Charter School Board, Briya Board of Trustees, OSSE, public hearings, institutional and state policy audiences, media interviews, and other audiences as needed. Coordinate materials to be presented in consultation and dialogue with key individuals from the Management Team and/or the Board of Trustees.
  • Analyze Briya’s data and outcomes reported to PCSB, OSSE and other funders to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and validity.
  • As needed, assist the Director of Development and Accountability in evaluating data quality policies and initiatives and the maintenance and publication of data submission rules, guidelines, and editing processes. Identify relationships and trends in multi-year data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of the annual data. Evaluate the methods and procedures used to obtain data at Briya to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy. Review and update policies with input from key individuals from the Management Team.
  • Serve as advocate and liaison with other community agencies. Develop a strategy for working with local and national education coalitions to analyze the local and national educational scene from a critical perspective.
  • As an active member of the management team, provide leadership and assist in short and long term program planning. Facilitate decision making with the organization’s staff and students. Strive to use the consensus model with staff when making policy and program decisions.
  • Assist with the completion of monthly, semi-annual and annual program reports to adult education funders as needed. Assist in the production of grant proposals, annual reports, and other public communications for Briya/Mary’s Center.
  • Work with the monitoring teams who visit the Briya/Mary’s Center sites.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings as requested.
  • Supervise Research and Policy Intern. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies. Responsibilities include creating position description; interviewing; training; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
  • Work with consultants and technical experts working on research and policy projects for the organization to ensure performance and deliverables meet the needs of program objectives. Responsible for training; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
  • Coordinate and lead advocacy actions for the Board of Trustees, Management Team, staff, students, community partners, and partner schools. Creates strategy and coordinates collective action. Develop message, testimony, letters, talking points, and social media tactics. Provide training as needed.
  • Develop and lead the evaluation plan for the Community Schools Incentive Initiative grant.
  • Coordinate and manage grant planning, grant writing, and grant reporting as needed.
  • Lead and manage the annual compliance review process from the charter authorizer.

Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Research Skills – Exhibits extensive research skills, intellectual curiosity and a passionate interest in educational policy issues
  • Teamwork – Can work well in multidisciplinary team setting with a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds and experiences. Contributes to building a positive team spirit, put success of the team above own interests, and support colleagues’ and students’ efforts to succeed.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Exhibits excellent interpersonal skills and is able to build and sustain positive, productive relationships. Solves conflicts in cooperative manner; assumes accountability for own actions; and keeps emotions under control in a fast-paced, team-intensive environment.
  • Communication Skills – Has excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Cultural Sensitivity – Has a strong commitment to diversity, with respect and sensitivity to cultural and educational differences. Understands cultural and linguistic barriers to education and has experience overcoming these for student success.
  • Flexibility – Can adjust personal schedule to participate in weekend and/or evening school events as needed. Instructors commit to long hours of work when necessary to meet the needs of Briya’s students.

Briya Public Charter School also values and expects the following from its employees:

  • Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Follows established policies and procedures to support the overall function of the organization.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures, reports potentially unsafe conditions, and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time, adhering to a schedule pre-determined between the employee and the supervisor.
  • Dependability – Follows instruction and responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Financial Management – Contributes to the financial health of the school through dedication to student retention, support of new family recruitment, careful classroom budgeting, and cost-conscious expenditures to meet the needs of the school.

Education and/or Experience

  • Degree in education, policy, research or its equivalent in experience.
  • Five or more years of work experience and knowledge in the fields of education.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Superb grassroots skills including the personal presence and communication skills necessary to effectively develop relationships with and convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences including legislators, superintendents, funders, principals, community groups, teachers, students, and parents.
  • Deep respect for and commitment to parent and community self-efficacy and decision-making to impact their lives.

 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here or email your resume and cover letter to tmurithi@briya.org.