The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) seeks to make an appointment for its newly- created position of Director of Research Initiatives & Programs, effective Spring, 2018. The Director of Research Initiatives & Programs will have the lead role in visioning and implementing the Coalition’s research initiatives in accordance with the Coalition’s purpose, principles and practice. This position assumes all operational and management responsibilities for all Coalition’s research initiatives including project development, budget oversight, and presentation of findings. Additionally, the Director of Research Initiatives & Programs will establish national and international partnerships with researchers and/or research institutions to further NCGS objectives to be the leading advocate for girls’ schools.
The Director of Research Initiatives & Programs reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the four other NCGS team members. Each member of the NCGS team works remotely from either home-based or leased offices and interfaces daily with one another, as well as NCGS member schools and partners, using mobile office technology. Travel to Team Retreats, conferences, workshops, Board Meetings, and member schools is required, totaling approximately 25-35 working days each academic year.
Since its inception in 1991, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, supported by an annual operating budget of $1.5M, has built an increasingly strong foundation in the support of girls’ education. Its membership—totaling more than 230 national and international PK-12 independent, public, charter, and religiously-affiliated schools—has quadrupled in the past two decades; its membership services have expanded; and an international visibility has been achieved through partnerships with affiliate girls’ school organizations in Australia, South Africa, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
A full-time team of five pursues the NCGS mission with the oversight of a Board of 20 trustee representatives from member schools, selected for their experience, variety of perspectives, and commitment to girls’ schools, guiding the mission and supporting the NCGS leadership.
Informed by new purpose, principles, and practice statements, NCGS just celebrated its 25th anniversary. In the past few years, NCGS has held an unprecedented number of outreach events to connect with member schools in the U.S. and abroad, and hosted record numbers of registrants at its annual conferences. Membership is at an all-time high and the number of educators engaging with the Coalition via its social media, e-newsletter, and website has expanded exponentially. The first-ever Global Forum on Girls’ Education, a groundbreaking initiative hosted in partnership with international educational organizations, brought together nearly 1,000 educators, researchers, and advocates from 23 countries in February 2016. The next Global Forum on Girls’ Education II will be held in June 2018 in Washington, D.C. Several new and exciting NCGS research studies are under way in partnership with Cornell University, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and the Higher Education Research Institute which will yield further insights into the unique outcomes of all-girls education and how girls can be best served with their cognitive and character development.
The primary responsibilities of the Director of Research Initiatives & Programs are as follows:
Provide excellence in vision, leadership, and strategy of the Coalition’s robust research objectives with oversight for every aspect of the program, including proposal development, funding, project management, oversight, delivery and presentation of findings.
Cultivate, create, develop, and implement, NCGS’s strategic research agenda in accordance with the Coalition’s purpose, principles and practice so that:
NCGS can provide effective advocacy to support its member schools;
NCGS can make the case effectively for the benefits of all-girls schools to its
membership, the public, the media, and sponsors/donors;
NCGS can provide research findings to enhance the teaching and learning
environments at member schools; and
NCGS is recognized as a thought leader and the “go to” place for academic
information and research data on girls’ education and their healthy development.
Lead, coordinate, direct, and manage all NCGS research operations including:
Proactively pursuing, identifying, cultivating, and stewarding national and
international partnerships with researchers and/or research institutions to further
Developing a reliable pipeline of research opportunities and a timeline for
promoting findings that successfully supports and engages the NCGS network;
Establishing and implementing research priorities consistent with the Board’s prevailing and future research task force reports (latest report, February 2015);
Securing sufficient funding for research programs through grants and partnership agreements; and
Managing research program finances which includes developing an annual budget, negotiating project funding, and managing expenses.
Seek and develop opportunities to assert NCGS’s thought leadership and research findings by:
Developing presentations and facilitating panel discussions at NCGS professional development conferences and/or symposiums;
Presenting at relevant international, national and regional association conferences; and
Establishing interactive online opportunities to share finding through webinars and other platforms.
Engage effectively with NCGS member schools to:
Communicate the “value proposition” of membership in NCGS;
Recruit member schools to participate and manage their involvement in current and
future Coalition-supported research projects;
Administer NCGS’s Annual Enrollment Surveys program, including a new “data
trends” comparison report comprised of survey responses from individual schools;
Encourage “best practices” in institutional research and through data collection,
such as the National Association of Independent School’s Data and Analysis for
School Leadership program (DASL);
Explore new opportunities to provide tutorials and develop DASL reports to support
the data-gathering and research needs of NCGS member schools; and
Explore new opportunities in association with university researchers to involve
member schools in unique initiatives, such as NCGS Youth Participatory Action Research Projects, to explore key issues at girls’ schools, including college preparedness, racial identity, political voice and academic achievement.
Identify and utilize existing research to:
Develop further the NCGS Research Reports online archive;
Provide and deliver white papers on topics relevant to girls’ education and healthy
development to NCGS educators;
Provide team leadership in analyzing and interpreting data to support NCGS’s
Collaborate with Director of Strategic Communications to promote new research
reports/findings in an effective and timely manner via publications, infographics,
slide shows, and other means that energizes the NCGS network;
Report on trends and pull customized benchmarking reports from DASL per member
school requests; and
• Build and disseminate semi-annual trends reports, using DASL and other benchmarking tools, to member schools;
7. Develop and oversee a new a Research Grant program that supports the Coalition’s commitment to funding research into the education and development of girls:
Priority of this initiative will be to fund evidence-based research on all-girls schools
Create and oversee eligibility requirements, application process, proposal
requirements, and selection criteria for grant recipients; and
Manage the selection committee process.
DESIRED SKILLS AND QUALITIES
Passion about developing optimal learning environments for girls and supporting faculty and staff at girls’ schools through research-based best practices and innovative programming;
Senior-level executive experience at an all-girls school and/or extensive knowledge of best practices in girls’ education preferred;
Strong understanding of trend analysis and comfort with directing and coordinating research and statistical projects, including evaluating and presenting executive summary results orally, in writing, and online;
Ability to analyze and interpret data;
Strong strategic planning skills and highly collaborative leadership style;
Superb communications skills through writing, public speaking, and presentation;
Enthusiasm for working on behalf of a membership-based organization, managing the
needs and expectations of current member schools;
Interest in collaborating and partnering with multiple girl-serving organizations for
mutual benefit and support of NCGS member schools;
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple program initiatives simultaneously, and attract
the required resources to deliver programs effectively and ensure sustainability;
Experience with budget management, including working with third parties to negotiate,
develop, and steward partnership agreements;
Comfort with working virtually from a remote location and enthusiasm for connecting
via mobile office technology with NCGS team members in multiple locations;
Creativity and strong problem-solving skills;
Disciplined work habits with the ability to self-motivate;
The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) is the leading advocate for girls' schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls.