Design Based Implementation Researcher

Digital Promise - San Mateo, California - Full time

About Digital PromiseDigital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education for all levels of learners. Positioned at the intersection of educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers, Digital Promise identifies, develops, and promotes strategies to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. Digital Promise is a fast-paced, growing, entrepreneurial organization that values and rewards performance, collaboration, and innovation.

About the PositionThe Research in Action team at Digital Promise designs, implements, and scales programs, product features, and practices in order to support the full diversity of learners by leveraging published research and improvement methods. The Design Based Implementation Researcher will lead research and evaluation efforts to support the Digital Promise’s work across multiple initiatives that engage directly with schools and district leaders.

In one such project, Digital Promise collaborates with school district leaders, educators, and researchers to tackle common challenges in the education ecosystem with the goal of designing innovative solutions that scale. Solutions are defined as programs, tools and models that are implemented to support teaching and learning. In another initiative, Digital Promise engages with schools and educators to design learning experiences that empower the next generation of creators and change-makers. As the lead researcher and evaluator for these initiatives, the Design Based Implementation Researcher would be responsible for designing, implementing, and reporting on a wide range of interdisciplinary topics facing education practitioners and students.

As part of the Research in Action team, the Design Based Implementation Researcher will (1) provide an education practitioner perspective to the design, implementation, and interpretation of research and evaluation efforts, (2) support feedback loops and iterative cycles of development to optimize solutions and implementation, and (3) collaborate with program teams to set success metrics and monitor progress for continuous improvement.


  • Work in partnership with Digital Promise colleagues, educators and education leaders to develop and pilot education innovations
  • Provide research and evaluation leadership and expertise to collaborative program and product development cycles including conducting literature reviews and landscape analysis, developing research protocols and instruments, and conducting site visits and UX/UI research
  • Independently design and implement research and evaluation plans that provide actionable feedback for developers and practitioners
  • Conduct analysis and develop reports for school leaders, funders, partners and Digital Promise
  • Communicate research findings to both technical and general audiences


  • Ph.D. in an appropriate Learning Sciences or Education Research field
  • 5+ years of experience as a K-12 educator and/or education leader
  • Expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods plus knowledge of design based implementation research and program evaluation
  • Exceptional research communication skills; ability to engage diverse educational stakeholders in conversations about research.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and manage competing tasks, deadlines, requirements, and decisions.
  • Strong collaboration, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • A passion for education, a team mentality, creativity, and a positive “can-do” “yes-and” spirit.

CompensationSalary and benefits commensurate with experience.

To ApplyPlease apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis until the search is successful.

Digital Promise is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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