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Director of Research and Evaluation / Research Professor

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For further information, interested individuals should contact: Professor Carl Van Horn, Director, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development: Applicants may formally apply for posting online.

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Director of Research and Evaluation / Research Professor
Department BSPPP-Heldrch Ctr Workfrce Dev
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development (HCWD) and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy are recruiting a Director of Research and Evaluation who will also serve as an as Research Professor—rank open—in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.


We invite applications from individuals who wish to contribute to state and national workforce development policy and practice through research, evaluation, data analysis and policy analysis. We are seeking an individual who can assume senior leadership responsibilities for the developing and managing sponsored-research studies and supervising program evaluations using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The Director of Research and Evaluation will also manage New Jersey’s Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS), including conducting and supervising research using NJEEDS data. The position will report to the Heldrich Center director, Dr. Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy. ( Principal responsibilities include:

• Develop, design and direct rigorous research studies and program evaluations in workforce development, education and higher education, including a strong emphasis on the analysis and visual display of quantitative data.

• Lead and supervise the Heldrich Center’s research and evaluation team, conduct project management responsibilities, and lead and supervise the governance, maintenance, and expansion of the NJEEDS system in partnership with NJ state agencies.

• Identify and support the development of new research and evaluation projects and external funding opportunities, including writing grant proposals.

• Engage in strategic planning and assistance in setting the HCWD’s research and evaluation portfolio, developing research and evaluation staff capacity, and overseeing product quality control and improvement efforts.

The accompanying Research Professor title—rank will depend on qualifications—brings an expectation that the individual will teach courses in data analytics and research evaluation to masters and Ph.D.-level students at the Bloustein School. He or she would be eligible to supervise doctoral dissertations within the School.


Minimum Education and Experience

Doctoral degree in economics, public policy, planning, political science, sociology, statistics or related fields with a track records of research accomplishments using analyzing employment, education, training, higher education, and social service data. Proven record of excellence in research, and capacity for initiating, maintaining, and completing complex research projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Significant experience leading sponsored research teams, supervising research staff, and/or experience working in organizations conducting large scale research and program evaluations, especially those involving individuals across a range of fields and disciplines. Proven track records of completing research and evaluation studies and research products of high quality on time.

• Experience teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

• Proven record and experience in data analysis with large data sets, and using data analysis and data visualization software and tools, and knowledge and experience working with SQL databases.

• Advanced knowledge and subject matter expertise in the workforce development field broadly defined, including K-12 education, post-secondary education policy and practice, and human services programs at the state and federal levels.

• Proficiency in research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, and statistics and evaluation techniques. Requires exceptional quantitative analysis skills and demonstrated ability using R, Python, or similar programs to conduct data analysis.

• Demonstrated administrative, project management, and grant writing skills.

• Strong writing and communications skills.

• Ability to conduct and oversee all aspects of project management including budget and salary management, supervision of research staff, faculty and/or consultants, reporting to sponsors.

• Excellent public presentation skills and the ability to represent the HCWD to senior policy maker audiences, workforce development and higher education practitioners and field leaders, federal, state and local government officials, and philanthropy.

• Significant knowledge of data management, security and confidentiality of individual-level data in large public data sets.

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The Bloustein School at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ offers undergraduate degrees in Health Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Planning and Public Policy; Master’s degrees in Health Administration, Urban Planning and Policy Development, and in Public Policy; Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy; as well as joint degrees in public health, business, law, infrastructure, and other fields. The School has more than a dozen research centers and institutes, and annually attracts more than $20 million in external funds. The School’s existing programs are rated among the top five in the United States. For further information, visit

The Heldrich Center, located in the Bloustein School at Rutgers University, conducts research and analysis on workforce development, education and higher education policy and provides independent evidence-based information and technical assistance that informs state and national policy and practices. The Heldrich Center has a 20 year track record in evaluating workforce, education and social services programs using a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods.

The Heldrich Center is responsible for the management of NJEEDS, which is the state’s centralized longitudinal data system. Research, evaluation, and performance measurement are supported by linking state administrative data from the state’s K-12 education, post-secondary, workforce development, and human service programs.

Rutgers is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to expanding the educational diversity of its faculty and students and encourages applications from a broad variety of candidates.


Posting Details

Posting Number 17FA1375
Posting Open Date
Posting Close Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

For further information, interested individuals should contact:
Professor Carl Van Horn, Director, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development:
Applicants may formally apply for posting online.

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Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Writing Sample 1
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. List of References
  5. Writing Sample 2
  6. Writing Sample 3
Optional Documents