Position Description: The Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, serves as a thought partner and critical source of support for schools, districts, counties and states across the country in fulfilling their mission of ensuring that all children receive the education they deserve. CTS' research and tools help school systems, government leaders and community members re-imagine the ways in which they can raise academic achievement by getting students more motivated and involved in learning, building on their strengths and the cultural resources of their families, and using education as a means to break cycles of poverty. Working with multiple school sites and partners, UCLA's Center for the Transformation of Schools is leading a statewide study on educator diversity in California.
The Project Director is responsible for developing, managing and executing the project for the duration of the grant. Reporting to the Center Director and Faculty Director, the Project Director will act as the primary point of contact with the Bill & Melinda Gates (BMGF) Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and key statewide partners to conduct a statewide study on educator diversity in California.
The Director will develop and facilitate the design of the study with focus groups, a team of prominent researchers of color, K-12 and higher education system representatives with expertise in issues related to educator diversity. The study will be supplemented with briefs that identify policy interventions and models that can be undertaken by state policymakers and locals in the short-term and long-term to improve educator diversity. CTS research will be produced with the direct engagement of students, educators, scholars, postsecondary education system leaders, advocacy organizations, and state policymakers to inform the effort and to begin laying the foundation for a state coalition to drive the urgency of the issue.
The Project Director will work closely with the Center Director and Faculty Director to support deliverables for the grant that will advance the goals of the project. This includes establishing the research agenda and study design and analysis, identifying related research projects, scholarly networks, project development efforts and supporting school, district, university, county and state practices tied to the grant's goals.
The Project Director will also be responsible for facilitating quarterly meetings with research advisory members, meetings with Center staff supporting the project and periodic reporting to the foundation partners.
The Project Director will co-develop a timeline, evaluation metrics and project management benchmarks with the respective school site and partners and generate tools for measuring progress for the study.
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.