Company Name:

National Association of School Psychologists


Bethesda, Maryland

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

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Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:


Date Posted:

April 25, 2019

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Director, Research

Job Purpose

The Director of Research will be responsible for overseeing NASP’s ongoing research activities and advancing the visibility and application of research in the practice of school psychology. The Director will support the Association’s strategic goals through collaboration with staff and volunteer leaders to formulate research strategies and activities to achieve objectives embedded in the strategic plan. The Director will manage the day-to-day operations of NASP research projects, write and edit articles for NASP publications and communications, develop and implement strategies that will effectively translate research to practice, and serve as staff liaison to volunteer committees. The Director works in close collaboration with staff and volunteers and reports to the Executive Director. This is an exempt level position.


· Identify, develop, and analyze metrics to evaluate and improve NASP programs, professional development, and member satisfaction/engagement; provide reports to staff and volunteer leaders that will guide improvement of our offerings

· Coordinate and conduct research that supports NASP’s priorities as outlined in the strategic plan; support evaluation of progress on the strategic goals

· Serve as staff liaison to the Research Committee, coordinating research requests and administering strategic research grants programs

· Collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to manage, design, and implement research projects

· Conduct secondary research on topics of importance in professional school psychology to inform advocacy, policy, and professional practices

· Present data, research, and evaluation findings in formats easily understood by target audiences (e.g., practitioners, parents, teachers), including through presentations, publications, policy briefs or white papers, infographics, and social media; develop innovative dissemination vehicles for translating research to practice

· Serve as Coeditor of NASP Research Reports

· Identify and synthesize research relevant to NASP’s priorities (e.g. reports, articles, white papers) and communicate findings to appropriate staff and volunteer leaders

· Contribute research columns (750-800 words) to Communique and research-based news summaries (50-100 words) for use in social media on topics of interest to members

· Maintain web pages related to the NASP Research Center

· Coordinate electronic voting for virtual Board of Directors and Leadership Assembly meetings as needed

· Coordinate post-program evaluations for the Public Policy Institute, Regional Leadership Meeting, and other meetings as needed

· Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills and Experience:

· Doctoral degree in school psychology or related field

· In-depth understanding of and skill in all phases of research and diverse methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative, survey, and program evaluation methods

· Skills in reviewing research, analyzing and interpreting results, identifying significant limitations, and drawing conclusions

· Strong written and oral communication skills, with the capacity to communicate effectively with diverse audiences

· Excellent critical thinking and organizational skills

· Ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteer leaders in the design and implementation of research projects

· Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision

· Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with internet-based research and survey tools; ability to quickly learn new database and software applications used by NASP (iMIS, InFormz, Communities, web content management, etc.)

· Minimal travel required

Preferred Skills and Experience:

· Working knowledge of research and practice specific to school psychology

· Knowledge of the needs of adult learners

· Grant writing and implementation

Key Internal Relationships: Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, staff Directors in each of the relevant departments.

Key External Relationships: Key NASP leaders, including Research Committee, NASP members, NCSPs, convention attendees, graduate educators, related professional associations.

Application Procedure

Please send your CV, cover letter highlighting relevant accomplishments and outlining how your experience fits the requirements of the position, three (3) writing samples demonstrating skills in communicating to diverse audiences, and salary requirements (required). All materials should be sent via e-mail to Interviews (phone and in person) will commence as soon as possible. The association offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. NASP is located near the Bethesda Metro Station. No calls, please.

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