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Sr Research Director, Project Management

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

With the innovations made possible via digital assessment, the team of experts at the
TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is actively redefining the measurement of
mathematics, science, and reading achievement to address changes in the educational
landscape worldwide. Together, TIMSS and PIRLS represent the worldwide standard for
assessment in these core subjects.

The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is home to two major international
research programs that monitor student achievement in mathematics, science, and
reading. TIMSS (the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is
conducted on a four-year cycle and measures mathematics and science achievement at the
fourth and eighth grades. Currently involving nearly 80 countries from all parts of the
globe, TIMSS has successfully completed international assessments of student
achievement every four years since 1995, and 2023 is underway. With more than 60
participating countries, PIRLS (the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study)
assesses fourth-grade student achievement in reading literacy on a five-year cycle. With
assessments completed in 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016, PIRLS 2021 is currently
underway. TIMSS 2023 and PIRLS 2026 are fully digital, computer-based assessments.

The Senior Research Director, Project Management is responsible for facilitating and
ensuring coordination among the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center project
Directors and staff responsible for instrument development, operations, data analysis,
sampling, reporting, production, and personnel. In the new digital assessment
environment, mutual understanding of the project goals and working closely together to
accomplish them has become increasingly vital to the success of TIMSS and PIRLS. The
Senior Research Director, Project Management will oversee that project tasks are
identified and scheduled, and that the schedules are well understood by staff and project
partners, and that deadlines are met. The Senior Research Director will help plan,
structure, and lead international meetings with country representatives via zoom or in
person to facilitate the above goals.

The Senior Research Director, Project Management also is responsible for coordination
with both IEA Amsterdam (country relations) and IEA Hamburg (software development
and data processing) as well as other IEA Projects (e.g., ICILS). The position requires
travel to approximately six international meetings per year and supervision of four to six
professional staff. The Senior Research Director, Project Management works together
with the Executive Director(s) to lead the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center in
developing vision and execution plans for future, digitally based assessments that set the
standard for curriculum-based international studies worldwide.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

1. Overall coordination among the Director of Digital Development, the Assistant
Director of Context Questionnaires Development, and the Senior Research
Director of Operations to ensure the development of high-quality digital
assessments in content areas as well as background questionnaire that can be
collected internationally in schools and students via computerized systems.

2. Overall coordination between the Development and Operations Directors and the
Senior Director of Data Analysis, Sampling and Psychometrics to ensure that the
data collected fulfill all the necessary requirements for scoring, scaling, and
subsequent data analysis.

3. Overall coordination to ensure that the data analyses provide the deliverables for
major TIMSS and PIRLS publications, including scientifically rigorous
international comparative analysis and reporting that is meaningful and policy
relevant as well as technical documentation and reports; and that the publications
(primarily posted on our website) adhere to highest professional and editorial

4. Overall coordination across the production of assessment instruments, their
analysis, and publications, in ways that enhance usability of project deliverable
and allow dynamic online presentation and visualization of TIMSS and PIRLS

5. Manage various short-term and long-term fiscal and personnel matters.

6. Participate in TIMSS and PIRLS long range planning; developing new proposals
for TIMSS and PIRLS and derived products such as Rosetta Stone and LaNA;
participating in conferences to promote TIMSS and PIRLS and disseminate

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.

  • Advanced qualifications and experience in educational measurement
  • Experience in managing large scale international assessments
  • Experience in instrument development, survey operations, and quality control
  • Data analysis and research experience with large scale assessment data
  • Experience working in an international and multicultural environment
  • Experience in project management, including scheduling and reporting
  • Experience in supervising professional staff
  • Experience in writing research proposals and publications
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to persevere, maintain focus in reviewing technical material, pay close
    attention to detail
  • The ability to work with others under pressure to adhere to tight deadlines
  • PhD in field of expertise (or MA plus equivalent experience)
  • 15+ years of experience in field
Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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