Westat is seeking a senior-level leader to join our education study area and conduct work associated with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The successful candidate will (1) serve as a member of the director team for our IDEA Data Center (IDC) and (2) assist in growing Westat’s portfolio of work in special education, early intervention, and technical assistance related to IDEA. IDC is a large technical assistance center, funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, that focuses on building state capacity for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using high-quality IDEA data (see ideadata.org).
Serve as Center Director for IDC, working in partnership with the center’s two co-directors.
Direct senior staff and manage multiple tasks in a team-oriented environment.
Have frequent contact with clients and customers, including federal, state, and local education and early intervention staff.
Provide support to federal, state, and local efforts to implement, improve, and evaluate the quality of data used for federal reporting requirements and for program improvement under IDEA.
Lead or assist in developing proposals in response to federal and state funding opportunities.
A Master’s degree or equivalent degree in education or a related social science field.
10 years of relevant experience in project management, budget stewardship, data collection, data analysis, reporting, program evaluation, and the provision of technical assistance is required.
Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills are a must.
A Ph.D. or equivalent in education or a related social science field is preferred.
Individuals with experience focused on issues and policies in special education or early intervention and those with experience working with state agency, district, or local early intervention program staff are preferred.
WESTAT, located in Rockville, MD is one of the foremost contract research corporations in the United States. Since 1961, we have conducted surveys and provided statistical research and related services to the agencies of the U.S. Government and to a broad range of institutional and business clients. We are an employee-owned corporation with more than 2,000 research, technical, and administrative s...taff and a recognized history of technical and managerial excellence.
Westat offers excellent growth opportunities and an outstanding benefits package including life and health insurance, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a 401(k) plan, flexible spending accounts, professional development, and tuition assistance.
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