Research Scientist

Digital Promise - Redwood City, CA - Full time

About the Position 

There is an emerging “second level digital divide” in US schools, which is fueled by major differences in how technology is being utilized to advance teaching and learning. Digital Promise is supporting fifty U.S. middle schools with a full time technology and learning coach and additional support that will enable teachers to more powerfully use technology for learning.

Digital Promise is seeking a Research Scientist to lead all research aspects of the project including design, instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. The Research Scientist will design and implement a mixed-methods approach to identify and understand effective coaching and leadership practices for enabling teachers to more powerfully use technology for learning. Additionally, the Research Scientist will collect, analyze, and share data on an ongoing basis to inform and improve the project.


  • Conduct a literature review of instructional coaching in technology rich environments.
  • Develop a mixed-methods approach to data collection and analysis to address key questions about the efficacy of instructional coaches to support the use of technology in teaching and learning.
  • Design and administer pre and post surveys to academic coaches, principals, and teachers.
  • Design and administer brief surveys to coaches and principals to inform continuous improvement.
  • Conduct interviews with coaches and principals, and focus groups with teachers at case study sites.
  • Collect and analyze artifacts in a variety of media, including video, audio, images, text and graphical, to support development of case studies.
  • Prepare comprehensive interim and final reports of research findings that may be published or presented at conferences to share with the academic community.
  • Contribute to blog posts, infographics, and data visualizations that accurately and effectively communicate findings to a non-academic audience.
  • Work closely with Digital Promise Research team to support data collection and analysis for other Digital Promise research projects, as needed.


  • Doctorate in education, learning sciences, sociology, public policy, or related field with strong research emphasis. Master's Degree with 5+ years of research experience will also be considered.
  • Experience conducting continuous improvement research in a school district setting strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods and software packages (SPSS, R, NVivo, Dedoose).
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to communicate complex/technical information for public audiences.
  • Strong oral communication skills and ability to make presentations to diverse audiences
  • Ability to think flexibly and engage in creative problem-solving.
  • Ability to travel as need to research sites.

At Digital Promise, we also seek candidates with:

  • A demonstrated commitment to improving education.
  • Experience collaborating and communicating with cross-functional team members to ensure information is shared, projects are completed on time, and goals are reached.
  • Stellar organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and manage competing tasks, deadlines, requirements, and decisions.
  • Willingness to take initiative and see tasks through to completion.
  • A passion for education, a team mentality, creativity, and a positive “can-do,” “yes-and” spirit.


Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please apply and submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. Review 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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Experience Level

3 to 5 years

Digital Promise

About Digital Promise

Digital 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.

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