Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

This position is located in the Department of Education (ED), Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance (NCEE), Evaluation Division. The mission of NCEE is to:

  • Conduct evaluations of Federal education programs administered by the Secretary, and as time and resources permit, other education programs, to determine the impact of such programs;
  • Support synthesis and widespread dissemination of the results of evaluation, research, and products developed;
  • Provide technical assistance; and
  • Encourage the use of scientifically valid evidence throughout the United States.
NCEE is organized in divisions responsible for evaluations of ED programs and practices supported by those programs, for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), for the Regional Labs, and the ED library. Within the Evaluation Division, teams design evaluations, develop Requests for Proposals and Requests for Applications, serve as Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) for evaluation contracts, monitor and evaluate the substantive aspects of the performance of evaluation contractors and grantees, prepare evaluation reports and summaries and syntheses of evaluation findings, coordinate the work of technical advisory groups, and carry out other activities to further the mission of the center. The incumbent serves as a COR for studies of federal financial aid policy and federal college access programs, coordinates the peer review process for assessing education studies against WWC standards, and provides input to guide the work of contractors in disseminating the results of WWC products and reviews.

"THE SELECTION CERTIFICATES MAY BE SHARED AMONG PROGRAM OFFICES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION"

Duties

The incumbent coordinates the peer review process for assessing education studies against WWC standards, including identifying peer reviewers, synthesizing reviewer comments, and providing advice to direct contractor revisions. Provides input to guide the work of contractors to disseminate the results of WWC products and reviews to policymakers and practitioners, using plain language and a variety of user-friendly formats and venues, including the WWC website.

Establishes criteria and plans to monitor contract performance to ensure that requirements for research and evaluation, for the peer review process for assessing education studies against WWC standards, and for disseminating the results of WWC products and reviews are met and/or that established procedures are changed to meet such requirements.

Promotes the collaboration of the organization's programs and services with entities outside of NCEE, including internal and external customers, by providing professional leadership and consultative services. Meets and consults with staff and program officials to obtain their cooperation and input on controversial education evaluation, research, and dissemination issues raised by program managers.

Manages the review of evidence supporting ED program applications, including identification and qualifications of WWC-certified reviewers, resolution of inconsistencies in WWC ratings of interventions proposed for funding by ED programs, and management of the continuously expanding electronic data base of WWC reviews of evidence for education interventions.

Promotes the collaboration of WWC programs with outside entities, including customers in ED program offices, by providing leadership and consultative services in support of ED's efforts to increase the use of prior research and evaluation evidence as a criterion in the rating and award of program applications.

Conducts research and evaluation activities as assigned that require extensive knowledge of federal financial aid policy and federal college access programs, as well as relevant data sets and regulatory authorities, including the waiver program. The individual conducts evaluations of the impacts of college access and financial aid programs using causal methods such as randomized control trials.

Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COR). Monitors contractor's technical, managerial and financial performance through on-site inspections, document reviews, and meetings with research and evaluation personnel.

Stays abreast of legislative and regulatory changes which impact the conduct and dissemination of reviews of evidence by the WWC, and which impact the conduct and dissemination of postsecondary programs such as GEAR UP, Upward Bound, and Pell Grant Experiments.

Prepares or directs and contributes to publications and presentations for use in areas of professional expertise.

Performs other related duties as assigned.