Career Opportunities within Empirical Education

Research Manager


Under the guidance of—and in collaboration with—the company’s senior researchers, research managers are responsible for the life cycle of a research project, which may include the following. Position reports to the Director of Research Operations.

  • Write research proposals: Communicate with clients and research partners to determine study parameters and draft research proposal; prepare project budgets and track budgets over the course of the study.
  • Design research studies: Work with senior researchers to design studies and prepare study plans; update study plans as needed.
  • Manage study compliance and participant recruitment: Prepare and submit IRB protocols; recruit study participants at the district, school, and educator level; prepare and submit district research applications and ensure compliance with district and school policies; monitor participant consent.
  • Design/identify data collection instruments and manage data collection: Identify and research existing instruments; design participant surveys and interview, classroom observation, and focus group protocols; develop and refine data collection plans and procedures; oversee all data collection.
  • Communicate with representatives from education agencies: Work with state, district, and school representatives on study compliance, data collection, and participation issues.
  • Obtain data from education agencies: Prepare and submit data requests, review data to ensure quality.
  • Literature reviews and reference desk services: Conduct reviews of research literature and gather relevant background information; manage reference desk service/technical reference library project, including vetting questions and compiling relevant research in quick turnaround responses.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Communicate findings to educators, including writing formal research reports and presenting at conferences and workshops.
  • Perform essential project management tasks and documentation.

Some travel is required.


All candidates must have the following qualifications and capabilities.

  • Master's degree in education or a field relevant to the organization of instruction, administration of schools, or teaching methods
  • Understanding of research design, statistical analysis, and data collection methods
  • Teaching or research experience in U.S. K-12 schools
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and priorities as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a highly professional manner with individuals both internal and external to the company
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Analytic and problem solving skills
  • An interest in quantitative information, qualitative evidence, and data analysis
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Organized, comfortable working against deadlines, and able to pay careful attention to detail

We will give preference to candidates who have experience with and understand the fundamentals of randomized trials in education. The candidate should have the capacity to think through the nuances of implementing programs in complex real-world settings and their implications for the design of the study and the analysis of results.

Email Jenna Zacamy to apply.

Why work with us?

A career at Empirical Education offers a unique opportunity: to make a difference in the world. Working in a small company provides exposure to many projects and significant responsibility. Team members collaborate, think creatively, and improve the lives of K-12 students and teachers throughout the country.

Equal opportunity employment

Empirical Education’s commitment to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies or agencies. Our specific commitments include the following: We will recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job groups without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, military service, veteran status or protected medical condition.

How to apply

If you are interested in working with a dynamic, growing team of educational and technical professionals, please email a cover letter and resume (we prefer them as attachments) to the email address that corresponds to the position you are applying for. Enter the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line to ensure your email is routed to the appropriate individual.