The Senior ECD Advisor will work within the ECD team to help build RTI’s expertise, project portfolio and scientific stature in early childhood development and particularly early learning. S/he will provide thought leadership on RTI’s ECD research agenda, and will collaborate across the International Education Division and with others at RTI to implement that research agenda. S/he will provide technical assistance to pre-primary education and other ECD programs in a diverse range of countries, in the areas of training and instructional quality, design and implementation of research studies, assessment, and policy analysis, among others.
The Senior ECD Advisor will also serve as a proposal lead and proposal writer for federal and private grants and contracts to expand RTI’s ECD business. S/he will design and implement original research in the field and will publish findings to contribute to the global evidence about ECD. S/he will represent RTI to clients, stakeholders and partners, play a leading role in relevant communities of practice, and will support advocacy efforts for global investment in ECD.
Provide technical assistance to projects, including supporting improved classroom quality in preprimary classes, conducting research studies, child development and learning assessments, and measures of instructional quality. Technical assistance to projects may also include policy analysis, equity issues and preprimary education systems research.
Develop and pursue new lines of research in early childhood development globally, with particular attention to early learning environment quality and outcomes.
Serve as a proposal lead and a proposal writer, helping to generate new business for RTI by conceptualizing winning proposals and collaborating with a diverse team to enact that vision, and by providing persuasive writing about RTI solutions to global challenges in response to client interests.
Contribute to RTI’s scientific stature in ECD by publishing original peer-reviewed research and mentoring colleagues through co-authorship to develop their own publishing skills.
Keep abreast of trends in child development and preschool education research in the US and globally, to ensure application of current knowledge and best practices in RTI work.
Represent RTI by presenting our work at conferences and events with clients, stakeholders and partners and play a leadership role in relevant communities of practice.
Provide mentorship to other colleagues in the International Education Division, particularly in Teaching & Learning, about child development interventions and research.
Collaborate with other Divisions of RTI on international and domestic early childhood development and education work as appropriate.
Minimum Required Education & Experience:
PhD in human development, education or a related field and 6 years of experience OR a Master’s degree and nine years of experience, required.
Demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for all young children around the world.
Excellent knowledge of holistic child development, preschool (kindergarten and pre-k) classroom practice, home and school factors influencing child outcomes, and early learning assessment. Knowledge of research (or implementation experience) with young children’s social emotional learning preferred.
Top tier research skills, including research design, instrument development, data collection procedures and data analysis required. Knowledge of statistics and psychometrics preferred.
A record of publication in peer-reviewed journals on topics including child development, early learning, developmental domains preferred.
Excellent writing skills required: 1) technical writing for project reports and publications, including writing about data from large and small data sets, and writing about child development; 2) persuasive writing for proposals and grants.
Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and willingness to learn new technologies required.
RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international... development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.
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