Heldrich Center Recruiting for Director of Research and Evaluation

February 3, 2023

The Heldrich Center is recruiting for the position of Director of Research and Evaluation.

The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is recruiting for the position of Director of Research and Evaluation. Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Managing the Heldrich Center’s extensive and innovative research and evaluation activities, including providing leadership, technical expertise, and overall management of all Heldrich Center-sponsored research and evaluation studies.
  • Overseeing the production and dissemination of Heldrich Center research and reports.
  • Administering the research and evaluation unit, including managing professional research and evaluation staff as well as research associates, consultants, graduate students, and others in the conduct of research and evaluation activities.
  • Developing budgets, organizational and developmental strategies, and external funding proposals, and acts as a subject-matter expert and technical research leader to peers, policymakers, and faculty within and outside of the Heldrich Center and Rutgers University.
  • Overseeing the management of the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS), New Jersey’s P20W state administrative longitudinal data system, including conducting and supervising research using NJEEDS data.

The position requires either a Master’s degree in public policy, economics, political science, or a related field with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience in conducting rigorous research and mixed method evaluation projects and/or increasing functional responsibility in a leadership/managerial role. A Ph.D. in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, or a related discipline, with strong academic work in data analysis, is preferred.

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About the Heldrich Center

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is based at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers University. The Center, founded in 1997, is dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace by strengthening workforce education, placement and training programs, and policies. It has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading research centers for workforce development. The Center’s efforts concentrate on both nurturing concrete innovations in workforce practices, as well as addressing broad-scale economic policy changes that ensure Americans receive the education and training they need to be productive and prosperous in the knowledge economy of the 21st century.

The Heldrich Center provides an independent source of analysis for reform and innovation in policy-making and employs cutting-edge research and evaluation projects to identify best practices in workforce development, employment, and workplace policy. It is also engaged in significant partnerships with the private sector to design effective education and training programs and is committed to assisting job seekers and workers attain the information, education, and skills training they need to move up the economic ladder. The Center embodies its slogan “Solutions at Work” by not only documenting challenges facing the nation’s workforce, but also partnering with industry leaders and educators to seek out practical solutions that translate into effective government and workforce policy. Ultimately, the Heldrich Center serves as a laboratory to create innovative, applied solutions to well-documented workplace challenges.


The New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS) is the State of New Jersey’s centralized longitudinal data system for education and workforce data. Managed by the Heldrich Center, NJEEDS’ mission is to use the state’s existing administrative data for evidence-based evaluation and policy development. Developed through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, NJEEDS enables state education, postsecondary education, employment, and workforce to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and labor market outcomes. NJEEDS is a collaboration between four New Jersey state agencies, each sharing individual-level data: the New Jersey Department of Labor, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.