Position Opening: Director of Research and Evaluation/Research Professor

Monday, October 23, 2017

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development (HCWD) and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey are recruiting a Director of Research and Evaluation who will also serve as a Research Professor (rank open) in the Bloustein School.


We invite applications from individuals who wish to contribute to state and national workforce development policy and practice through research, evaluation, data analysis, and policy analysis. We are seeking an individual who can assume senior leadership responsibilities for developing and managing sponsored research studies and supervising program evaluations using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The Director of Research and Evaluation will also manage New Jersey’s Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS), including conducting and supervising research using NJEEDS data. The position will report to the Heldrich Center director, Dr. Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy.

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Develop, design, and direct rigorous research studies and program evaluations in workforce development, education, and higher education, including a strong emphasis on the analysis and visual display of quantitative data.
  • Lead and supervise the Heldrich Center’s research and evaluation team, conduct project management responsibilities, and lead and supervise the governance, maintenance, and development of the NJEEDS system in partnership with New Jersey state agencies.
  • Identify and support the development of new research and evaluation projects and external funding opportunities, including writing grant proposals.
  • Engage in strategic planning and assistance in setting HCWD’s research and evaluation portfolio, developing research and evaluation staff capacity, and overseeing product quality control and improvement efforts.

The accompanying Research Professor (rank will depend on qualifications) brings an expectation that the individual will teach courses in data analytics and research evaluation to Master’s and Ph.D.-level students at the Bloustein School. He/she will be eligible to supervise doctoral dissertations within the school.


Doctoral degree in economics, public policy, planning, political science, sociology, statistics, or related fields with a track record of research accomplishments using and analyzing employment, education, training, higher education, and social service data. Proven record of excellence in research, and capacity for initiating, maintaining, and completing complex research projects.

  • Significant experience leading sponsored research teams, supervising research staff, and/or working in organizations conducting large-scale research and program evaluations, especially those involving individuals across a range of fields and disciplines. 
  • Proven track record of completing research and evaluation studies and research products of high quality on time.
  • Experience teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.
  • Proven record and experience in data analysis with large datasets, using data analysis and data visualization software and tools, and knowledge and experience working with SQL databases.
  • Advanced knowledge and subject-matter expertise in the workforce development field broadly defined, including K-12 education, postsecondary education policy and practice, and human services programs at the state and federal levels.
  • Proficiency in research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, and statistics and evaluation techniques. Requires exceptional quantitative analysis skills and demonstrated ability using R, Python, or similar programs to conduct data analysis.
  • Significant knowledge of data management, security, and confidentiality of individual-level data in large public datasets.

General Background

The Heldrich Center, located in the Bloustein School at Rutgers–New Brunswick, conducts research and analysis on workforce development, education, and higher education policy, and provides independent evidence-based information and technical assistance that informs state and national policy and practices. The Heldrich Center has a 20-year track record in evaluating workforce, education, and social services programs using a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods.

The Bloustein School offers undergraduate degrees in Health Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, and Planning and Public Policy; Master's degrees in Health Administration, Urban Planning and Policy Development, and Public Policy; Ph.D. degrees in Planning and Public Policy; as well as joint degrees in Public Health, Business, Law, Infrastructure, and other fields. The school’s programs are rated among the top five in the United States.

Rutgers University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to expanding the educational diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and encourages applications from a broad variety of candidates.


For further information, interested individuals should contact:

Professor Carl Van Horn, Director, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development,

Applicants should click here to formally apply.

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