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Assistant/Associate Director, Straus Center for Young Children and Families

Bank Street College of Education
Job Location:
New York, New York
Laboratory and Research

About Bank Street

Bank Street College was founded over 100 years ago in the tradition of progressive education and is committed to learner-centered education based on sound developmental principles. The master's programs integrate direct experience with children, teachers, and families; exploration and examination of theory and research; and observation and reflection. Our curriculum supports the development of intellectual curiosity grounded in a social justice orientation.

About the Straus Center

The Straus Center for Young Children & Families was established in 2015 to conduct and promote practice-orientedpolicy-relevant, and equity committed research, with a particular concern for inequities and traumas produced by the interaction of racism, classism, sexisms, and ableism. We are seeking a dynamic, well-rounded researcher to assist in operationalizing an agenda that asks, What is the progressive early care and education of the 21st Century - and importantly - what are its in/equitable effects? More specifically, we investigate the implementation of efforts to:

  1. Professionalize Early Care and Education (Birth to Age 5), with particular attention on teaching and caring within the intersection of race, culture, language, dis/ability, gender, and social class
  2. Create Restorative Early Care and Education Systems, ones that are trauma-informed and, therefore, affirming of intersecting racial, cultural, linguistic, dis/ability, gender, and class identities
  3. Engage with Families and Communities in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive and Sustaining Ways

The overall purpose of this agenda is to use data to engage with educators, policymakers, and the general public in critical reflection and dialogue about needed practice and policy changes.

Bank Street College of Education is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. In addition, the College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).

Core Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the director and staff on the center’s strategy and operations (e.g., pursuing research funding and dissemination objectives; developing project management systems; supporting project staff capacities; etc.)
  • Publicly represents the center and is actively involved in forming both internal and external partnerships with practitioners, policy makers, advocates, and other scholars to advance the center’s strategic priorities
  • Leads research and/or evaluation projects focused on anti-oppressive and culturally, linguistically, historically responsive, and inclusive practices and policies
  • Collaborates to disseminate research findings and research syntheses for a range of audiences (e.g., funders, scholars, practitioners, policy makers, lay people, etc.)
  • Other duties as needed (e.g., assisting in the recruitment, training, and supervision of student research assistants or fellows, facilitating integrated masters projects, etc.)

Core Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in early childhood education, education policy, sociology of education, educational anthropology, or a related field
  • Strong methodological (i.e. both theoretical and technical) foundation in inferential statistics and understanding of the interplay between so-called quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Facility with one or more statistical packages/languages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of other data analysis and research-relevant applications (e.g., NVivo, Dedoose, ArcGIS, Asana, Access, SQL, etc.)
  • Orientation towards organizational design and development
  • Strong project management skills (e.g., budgeting, tracking timelines, coordinating with internal and external partners, supervising research assistants/data collectors, etc.)
  • Ability to exercise initiative to resolve complex, non-routine research-practice dilemmas
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly habits of mind and activity in line with the position’s core responsibilities (i.e., externally sponsored research projects, active dissemination of research, etc.)

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with multilevel modeling
  • Bi- or multi-lingual proficiency
  • Familiarity with the body of theories commonly referred to as Critical Theory (e.g., general poststructuralism; Critical Race Theory [QuantCRT, LatCRT, DisCRT, AsianCRT, etc.]; Dis/abilities Justice; Feminisms; Queer Theory; Post/Marxism; etc.)
  • A well-articulated inter- or trans-disciplinary perspective
  • Experience teaching with adults and/or working with children, youth, families, and/or community groups

This is a unique opportunity at a distinctive early childhood research center within one of the most prestigious teacher preparation institutions in the country.

To apply please prepare and submit:

  1. A cover letter addressed to Mark Nagasawa, Director of the Straus Center for Young Children & Families that speaks to: 1) your lenses as a researcher and 2) the relationship between your qualifications, experiences, and the position’s core responsibilities
  2. Your current curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information for references (if letters will be requested, these will only be for finalists)

Strong applications will clearly demonstrate consideration of the Straus Center’s point-of-view and its role within the college.

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