WGBH is a public media leader, based in Boston. The WGBH Education Department (https://www.wgbh.org/foundation/education) researches, creates and distributes media-integrated resources to support healthy development and educational impact for children and youth. We bring together engaging, popular programming with deep insights into child development, educational content and community dynamics. True to our public mission, we have a particular focus on underserved children and the adults who teach and care for them. Many of the educational materials developed at WGBH reside on PBS LearningMedia (www.pbslearningmedia.org), a free digital service that supports Pre-K–12 educators and learners with compelling, standards-aligned educational media resources. We co-lead PBS LearningMedia with PBS. We also work with WGBH brands such as Arthur, Design Squad Global, NOVA, and Frontline (among others) to develop, produce, and disseminate content for formal learning and community educational settings.
WGBH Education seeks a Director of Research & Evaluation to lead the development of our research and evaluation strategy and implement it. Reporting to the Executive Director of Education, the Director will be a key member of WGBH Education’s senior team. This role will manage the department’s research and evaluation efforts across school-based, home-based, and community programs. In addition, the Director of Research will function as a crucial resource for research-related matters at WGBH Education, including support to our content, production, community engagement, development, and marketing teams. The Director will also serve as a thought leader and external representative of WGBH Education to the larger educational technology/media, child development, and learning science communities. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially welcome to apply.
Oversee research and evaluation efforts across the department
Develop and execute a plan to define and measure the impact of educational initiatives at WGBH, especially among underserved populations
Partner with staff within departments to execute program/project evaluations
Source and manage external partners and contractors who conduct research
Produce and distribute impact evaluation reports and metrics
Coordinate formative research and product testing across projects
Provide guidance on web or mobile analytics and other metrics
Manage market research as needed
Manage research curation for internal use
Maintain compilations of statistics and trends on topics of organizational priority and importance to the field, primarily for internal use and reference
Monitor the presentation of research and data in WGBH Education materials
Conduct literature reviews for grant proposal development, executive staff speaking engagements, marketing events, or other needs
Partner with Education senior team on strategy development, program definition, and fund-raising
Help define new programs and refine existing initiatives with attention to educational effectiveness and impact, especially among underserved populations
Support grant development and assist in writing grant proposals, as needed
Serve as consulting thought partner to content, community engagement, and product development teams
Support Executive Director and senior team on organization-wide initiatives, as appropriate
Advise/train internal teams on research and substantive topics as needed
Position and promote WGBH Education in research and academic fields
Liaise with Marketing, Communications, etc. to distribute and publicize our research
Serve as thought leader representing WGBH Education to external audiences
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Deep understanding about key issues in the fields of kids' media and technology and/or K12 edtech -- from academic research and practice/industry perspectives
Exceptional research skills, including research design, advanced inferential statistics, and qualitative research methods
Minimum 8-10 years’ experience conducting and managing complex research studies
Knowledge about child development, learning, and education
Excellent communication skills for academic and lay, non-specialized audiences
Experience translating research and complex concepts for non-expert audiences
Technical skills - SPSS/Stata or other statistical analysis software, other data collection and analysis tools, current workplace technologies and social media
Ability to work independently and autonomously but also function well in a collaborative team setting, working across functions and different types of people
Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and produce quick, high quality results
Excellent attention to detail, and organizational skills
Able to think analytically and synthesize vast amounts of information
Experience working in an edtech or kids' media organization (outside academia) a plus
Advanced degree in child development, education, media research or related field required.
Internal Number: R000062
WGBH is a public media powerhouse, serving the neighborhood and the nation with award-winning programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain.
Through television, radio, the Web, mobile, and a growing number of other platforms, we enrich people’s lives, producing non-commercial, member- supported content that fosters citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.
WGBH is PBS’s leading producer and a major supplier of programming for public radio nationwide. More than 70 million Americans watch WGBH’s productions every month, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, and Antiques Roadshow—all produced out of our Boston studios. A pioneer in children’s media (from Zoom to Curious George), WGBH creates and delivers curriculum-based educational content for teachers, students, and families across the nation. WGBH invented captioning for people with hearing loss and descriptive video for blind audiences, and we continue to make breakthroughs that give people with disabilities equal access to media.
As a local broadcaster, we tackle issues important to the communities we serve, create new forums for civic discourse and deba...te, and provide unique programs—broad in their range of focus, but hyper-local in their points of view. WGBH operates six Boston-area television channels (WGBH 2, WGBX 44, World, Create, ’GBH Kids, Boston Kids & Family); four WGBY TV channels in Springfield, Massachusetts; three radio services (89.7 WGBH, 99.5 WCRB, and WCAI Cape and Islands.)