Research Project Manager

About Brown:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:

The Research Project Manager will oversee planning, operations, and activities for the Rhode Island Research-to-Practice Network, assisting the director in the direction and strategy of the Network. The Network is a core piece of the EdResearch for Action initiative, a joint partnership between the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and Results for America. The Network plays a significant role in advancing EdResearch’s goal of developing new and better ways to turn research into action so that every student can succeed.

About EdResearch for Action:

EdResearch works with top researchers across the country to develop research briefs that move beyond simply restating the evidence and instead examine how findings can be practically applied in different contexts. Using these research briefs as a starting point, EdResearch works with district leaders, both in Rhode Island and across the country, to implement evidence-based programs and create networks of districts doing similar work to provide opportunities for engagement and collaboration across districts.


Working with Annenberg’s Director of Applied Research, the Research Project Manager will oversee planning, operations, and activities for the Rhode Island Research-to-Practice Network. The Rhode Island Research-to-Practice Network is composed of state, district, and school leaders working to implement and improve evidence-based programs. The Network strives to create a collaborative ecosystem in which Rhode Island education leaders deeply engage with research, and one another, to better understand how to support their students with research-based programs and opportunities.

The Research Project Manager will lead the strategic planning and development of Network activities and will interface directly with state and district leaders in the execution of projects and events.

Network Activities Include:

  • Data analysis projects focused on improving evidence-aligned initiatives, such as summer programming
  • Topic-specific workshops for Rhode Island education leaders to collaborate with and learn from one another
  • Webinars to share Network findings, best practices, EdResearch resources, and opportunities for engagement

The Network also produces case studies, best practices, and briefs describing how education leaders balance research, local needs, and constraints in their decision-making processes. These products complement EdResearch’s research briefs by providing a deeper understanding of how decision-makers on the ground are using research evidence to create, structure, and improve programming for students. 


Education and Experience

  • 5-years experience in education, economics or social sciences field
  • Masters Degree in Education, public policy or other social science field
  • Demonstrated experience in research review, project management, facilitation, leadership, and project design


  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize strategies and tactics effectively.
  • Experience with managing multiple projects, planning backwards, anticipating obstacles, and identifying and engaging stakeholders appropriately.
  • Training and expertise in using quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Experience with managing data
  • Experience communicating actionable information in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to elicit and communicate information, analyze complex issues, and prepare and present clear and informative information in a culturally responsive manner to diverse groups and audiences.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Skills with Google Suite Apps, or comparable word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphing and charting, databases, and project management tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with a wide range of constituencies from diverse backgrounds, including faculty, staff, education leaders, elected officials, and decision makers.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

Additional Information:

Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 7/1/2024, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check

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