Research Project Manager - Education Practice

Christensen Institute - Lexington, Massachusetts or Remote - Full time


The Christensen Institute seeks a highly motivated individual to join the Social Capital R&D Project team immediately, providing essential project management, research assistance, and writing support to the project’s co-directors. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who can quickly get up to speed on and become conversant with the goals, content, and varied workstreams of this field-building initiative, as reflected on the project website. The candidate will possess the confidence and organizational skills needed to function as a “chief of staff” for the project team, ensuring both smooth operations and effective external communications. Additionally, the candidate will have a documented track record of conducting independent research and synthesizing findings in clear, compelling prose. The individual hired will report to a Senior Research Fellow, and will be accountable to her and/or the other co-director based on the task assigned.

This is a one-year, grant-funded position (January 2021 - January 2022) with potential for extension.


  • Project management and support: (60%)
    • Compose written communications for external audiences, including: social media postings, quarterly newsletters, outreach to and follow up with members of R&D Network, quarterly funder PPT updates, periodic grant reports, responses to inbound inquiries
    • Coordinate and schedule external project activities including webinars, roundtables, and meetings of project advisors
    • Coordinate, schedule, track, and troubleshoot internal production of deliverables in partnership with project and external relations team members; provide basic research support to confirm citations and statistics
    • Maintain database of key project participants, partnerships, and performance metrics
    • Support development and maintenance of
  • Research and writing: (40%)
    • Document innovators’ experiences: Capture lessons shared by emerging entrepreneurs and leading practitioners through independent research, phone interviews, and webinars, with an eye towards highlighting key quotes for articles/hooks (detailed note-taking is key)
    • Develop case studies: Synthesize notes in clear prose to produce accurate, descriptive case studies of social capital models
    • Extend knowledge of emerging measurement strategies: Build out internal database on emerging measures, capturing relevant data and creating searchable/filterable views for analysis and synthesis of examples
    • Expand market map of edtech tools: Conduct desk research on emerging edtech tools and update existing edtech market map with clear brief descriptions


  • Self-starter with strong organizational and project management skills including:
    • Dedication to detail and quality of work
    • Ability to connect the dots and synthesize information from disparate sources
    • Ability to “manage up” in supporting co-directors’ efforts to efficiently leverage and integrate workstreams across a complex initiative
  • Excellent research and writing skills, with demonstrated ability to produce clear, concise, descriptive prose
  • Ability to leverage exemplary interpersonal and communication skills to represent the team well, establish smooth working relationships, and build positive rapport with multiple internal and external players
  • High comfort level with multi-tasking and virtual work in a fast-paced environment
  • 3-4 years’ work experience minimum, and familiarity with current trends and innovations in education sector
  • Interest in the role of measurement in emerging social capital models, preferred

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Flexible

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with demonstrated experience. The Institute provides a comprehensive benefits package.

About the Organization

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Inc. (the “Institute”) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through Disruptive Innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity. The Institute works to influence the way policymakers, community leaders, and innovators address these problems by distilling and promoting the transformative power of Disruptive Innovation.

The Christensen Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The Institute complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.

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