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IMAGINARIUM RESEARCH SPECIALIST - 28398

Denver Public Schools
Job Description
IMAGINARIUM
235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: $57,580-$69,098
  
Essential Functions and Objectives:
 
The Imaginarium Research Specialist will support the dissemination of effective innovations and contribute to education theory through design and implementation of the imaginarium research program, including: the study of core innovation-driven research questions of value to the fields of practice and theory; support for client-driven research in the field; and continual improvement of programs and services. 
 
Client Support:
Imaginarium clients include school design teams that are redesigning their schools with a focus on student-directed personalized learning;individual teachers and students who are designing small scale innovations to improve student learning and experience; and central office staff who are redesigning district systems. The Research Partner will support these clients by leading and facilitating innovation impact evaluation and research plan development at all stages of the innovation process. Support will include research plan development, data capture, data analysis and synthesis, and data conversation facilitation. The Research Partner will manage a portfolio of approximately ten to twelve clients
 
Codification of Innovation and Knowledge. Support the capture, codification, and dissemination of actionable innovation knowledge to teachers, District leaders, and national partners.
 
- Help define the products (case studies, practice banks, videos, reports, and others) that will allow the imaginarium to most effectively disseminate effective innovations and research findings.
- Develop products, with support from other staff and third party content developers. Partner with the Community of Practice (COP) leads to integrate practices into the imaginarium communities of practice.
- Support teacher-driven action research to test promising innovation practices in multiple contexts, and help spread those practices through communities of practice.
 
Research Development and Quality Assurance:
Support the design and development of all strategies, approaches, and instruments related to the imaginarium’s research program. Monitor quality, usage, and effectiveness for key users and in service of the imaginarium’s research goals. Manage continual improvement processes. Support the Knowledge Management Specialist to design and monitor integrated research systems and platforms.
 
- Develop annual plan for design-based action research, including all methodologies for application of existing theory, site review process, empathy data analysis, research question development, prototype analysis, and pilot analysis.
- Define quality standards and quality assurance systems. Define effective usage standards for the imaginarium team. Monitor quality, usage, and effectiveness for key users and in service of the imaginarium’s research goals. Manage continual improvement processes.
- Support ongoing adjustment of all strategies, approaches, and instruments. Provide quarterly recommendations to the leadership team for quality improvement.
- Support the Knowledge Management Specialist (KMS) to design and monitor integrated research systems and platforms. Work with the KMS and other team members as needed to inform the development of key research systems, including: CRM, Client-facing data platform, Internal data tools: SPSS, NVivo, Tableau, Community of Practice, and Google Drive.
 
Continual Improvement
Support the evaluation of key programs and services for the purposes of continual improvement in the lab, and to provide formative learning to the district and field.
- Lead the evaluation of key programs and services for the purposes of continual improvement in the lab
Conduct common evaluation processes for all imaginarium events
Conduct common evaluation process for all imaginarium client services
- Lead the evaluation of key programs and services and to provide formative learning to the district and field.
Conduct program-wide evaluation of personalized learning
 
Training and Development
Support training and development for the imaginarium team to understand and apply research approaches and instruments through training and consultation. Train and develop clients in the processes of action research.
 
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
 
- 5+ years of professional experience with research, program evaluation, and data analysis in academic and applied contexts (preferably education related)
- Research program design and implementation
Mixed method
Design-based (preferred)
Action-based (preferred)
Participatory research design (preferred)
- Survey design
- Program evaluation
- Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- User-centered design thinking experience (preferred)
- Data visualization
- Data-driven conversation / facilitation
- Client relationship management
- Project management
- Training and facilitation
- SPSS, NVivo, Tableau
- Strong oral and written communication 
 
Education Requirements:
 
- Bachelors of Arts or Science
- Master's Degree preferred, with proven course and fieldwork in applied research methods
 
About Denver Public Schools: 
 
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.   
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.    
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.  
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