Senior Research Manager

Who We Are

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children.

The Position

LPI seeks an experienced Senior Research Manager to join its team of research, policy, and communication staff. The ideal candidate will combine an exceptional track record of conducting and managing high-quality, mixed-methods research projects and will be conversant with both qualitative and quantitative methods, with a passion for ensuring that all children have a high-quality education.

The Palo Alto-based Senior Research Manager will conduct research and lead research teams in one or more of our focus areas: educator quality, early childhood education, deeper learning, and equitable access. Our research agenda is shaped by policymakers’ needs, our commitment to an equitable education for all, and policy opportunities. Since all of our work is meant to inform policymaking, typical projects are focused on answering current policy questions and conducted on a fairly intensive time frame. The nature of our research reflects the specific questions we are addressing and the strength of the existing research base. When solid research is available, we conduct rigorous syntheses. When secondary data sets are available, we conduct secondary analyses (we have access to NCES and other data sets in a secure setting). When necessary, we launch original data collection—primarily surveys and case studies.

The Senior Research Manager will directly manage one or more of such research projects, which will include primary responsibility for overseeing the research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting undertaken by a research team. He or she will also take responsibility for mentoring other staff and overseeing the progress of other research within his/ her area(s) of expertise. We seek someone who can coach more junior researchers and work well as part of a team. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the immediate research team, relevant communications and policy staff, and the leadership team. The successful candidate also will work well with external organizations. LPI also has access to the expert advice of nearly three dozen Senior Fellows in a range of methodologies and substantive areas. All research goes through an internal and external peer review process.


The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Doctoral degree in the social or behavioral sciences
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum 10 years) conducting and managing  multi-method policy research studies
  • A track record of scholarly publications, preferably in one or more of our four focus areas: educator quality, early childhood education, deeper learning, or equitable access
  • Strong methodological skills (preferably a combination of quantitative and qualitative)
  • Experience conducting policy-oriented research and communicating it to policy audiences
  • Knowledge of and experience working in state and federal education policy arenas
  • Passion for and commitment to LPI’s mission
  • A strong knowledge of k-12 education issues and existing relationships in the field
  • Excellent and persuasive written and oral communication skills
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer


  • Passion for ensuring that all children receive empowering and equitable learning, especially historically underserved students.
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships, and to work well in a team-setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence and equity.
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the varied and complex educational policy landscape, and the ability to translate that understanding to policymaker and lay audiences.
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.

To Apply:

Please submit resume, letter of interest, and a short writing sample to [email protected].

The Learning Policy Institute is deeply committed to its staff’s health and well-being and strives to embody the organization’s values within the organizational structure. LPI offers competitive compensation and benefits; prioritizes and provides financial support for professional development; supports diversity, equity, and inclusion work internally; and values a collaborative culture. LPI is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.