Research Manager

Position ID: 45413
Georgia College and State University
Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy
Position Description
Job Class: 
Research Manager
Job Description: 

Research Manager

Position Number: S0827               

Home Department: Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy

Employment Type: Regular (Continuous)

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Appointment: Staff (12-Month)

Time Limited?   No

Time-Limited Appointment Length: Not Applicable

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week Monday-Friday; Occasional evenings and weekends.

Work Hours per week: 40

Travel Required? Y

Primary Function of Organizational Unit              

Founded in 2017 as a statewide center for early language and literacy located on the Georgia College campus, the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy (Deal Center) promotes research-based practices for children from birth to age eight, as well as their families, communities, and teachers in childcare centers, pre-schools, and K-3 classrooms. The Deal Center partners with universities, technical college early childhood education programs, alternative educator preparation programs and other public and private stakeholders to engage the community-at-large in the important goal of improving Georgia’s literacy rate by the end of third grade. Governance responsibilities of the Deal Center are held by a Board that is appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia. The Board includes representatives from a range of public and private organizations committed to early language and literacy improvement for Georgia’s youngest children and their families.

Primary Purpose of Position      

The Research Manager will be responsible for managing the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy’s research, evaluation, and grant activities focused on achieving and sustaining gains in early language and literacy development in a birth to 3rd grade continuum. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Manager will have a proven record of scholarship that focuses on expanding teaching and learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, or young children.

The Deal Center is charged with conducting ongoing research and evaluation in Georgia to identify and promote effective practices to increase early language and literacy development for children and families. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, the Research Manager will design and implement research and evaluation studies in support of the Deal Center’s strategic goals as well as identify gaps in data collection for outcomes in the birth to age 8 continuum. As needed, the Manager will manage contracts with external researchers engaged to provide research background, case studies, evaluation proposals, or evaluation services for models in development or implementation. The Manager will collaborate with Deal Center colleagues, university faculty, state agency administrators, school system administrators, and non-profits that are seeking to advance literacy to plan and conduct research studies. The Research Manager will seek external funding for the center’s research activities.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties

  • Leadership
    • Sets and guides a clear vision for the center’s language and literacy research and proposes future research and evaluation priorities that align with the center’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
    • Analyzes and synthesizes research on early language and literacy trends and innovations into usable information for Deal Center staff, board, and stakeholders in support of decision making and problem solving.
    • Leads the center’s research team including coordination and collaboration skills on tasks, establishing project timelines, monitoring budgets, delegating work and support professional development of team members.
  • Researching
    • Plans and implements research and evaluation studies.
    • Utilizes best practices and new technology for continuous quality improvement.
    • Conducts literature reviews of evaluation/research articles and reports, and prepares summary reports highlighting key information.
    • Prepares and submits required study materials to Institutional Review Boards.
    • Develops protocols for data collection activities.
    • Conducts data analysis and management.
    • Conducts analysis of existing databases.
  • Collaboration
    • Collaborates with center colleagues, university-based researchers, state agency administrators, school system administrators, and non-profits to plan and conduct research studies.
    • Collaborates closely with external research and evaluation partners.
  • Project Management
    • Manages contracts with grant awardees and/or external researchers engaged to provide research background, case studies, evaluation proposals, or evaluation services for models in development or implementation.
    • Leads research projects including coordination and collaboration skills on tasks, establishing project timelines, monitoring budgets, delegating work and support team members.
    • Seeks and writes grants for external funding to support center’s research agenda.
  • Communication
    • Effectively communicates actionable research and evaluation findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences through written reports and presentations.
    • Disseminates research findings to stakeholders including state agencies, non-profits, education researchers, school administrators, teachers, and parents.
    • Writes reports and publications and gives professional presentations.

Other Duties and Responsibilities          

The Research Manager must have the ability to set a vision and research agenda aligned with the strategic goals for the Deal Center, a passion to conduct sound research and analyze data, ability to apply a systematic approach to continuous improvement, the capacity to write compelling reports, and an ongoing enthusiasm for and commitment to the Deal Center’s mission of improving the language and skills of Georgia’s children.

Equal Opportunity Statement   

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Background Check Statement   

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.

Minimum Requirements

Proposed Minimum Experience/Education          

A doctoral degree in educational research and measurement, research psychology, or related field with demonstrated skill, experience, and expertise in teaching and learning in early childhood or elementary school settings. A minimum of 5 years of related experience in a leadership capacity is required.

Department Required Skills       

Effective written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, interpersonal skills, teamwork and professionalism are required.

High energy. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Successful track record of grant writing to secure external funding.

Ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.

Track record of engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and colleagues to craft a common vision and direction.

Preferred Years of Experience, Skills, Training, Education            

Considerable knowledge of birth to 3-year-old, pre-school, and Kindergarten to grade 3 school culture.

Expertise in research practices and methodologies in education specifically early language and literacy development

Research experience demonstrated with a record of publication.

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Early Childhood Education and Teaching (Infant - 3rd Grade)
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Literacy Education
Grants, Contracts, and Grant Writing (Admin code)
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, other
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Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Friday, May 1, 2020
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University System of Georgia
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The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator