hi folks, 

Here's an opportunity that may be of interest to you or your colleagues.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Daniel Edelson <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:44 PM
Subject: Postdoc/visiting researcher position - assessment and geography

The position is funded for 24-monts and will be in the Education Programs division at National Geographic.  It is ideal for a recent Ph.D. or a visiting researcher. 
Project Manager, Assessment Research and Synthesis
Job Type: Full Time Exempt Staff Contract until 7-31-12
Summary of Position
The Manager for Assessment Research and Synthesis will support a 12-member committee of national experts in developing a "Road Map for Geographic Education" report on assessment.  This report is one of three Road Map reports being developed with National Science Foundation funding to guide efforts to improve geographic education in the U.S. over the next decade.  These reports will synthesize current research and practice to provide recommendations for educators, researchers, policymakers, and funders about how to move toward large-scale improvements in how we educate our children about the natural and social worlds they inhabit.

The Assessment report will establish priorities for assessment across the K-12 continuum and will provide assessment frameworks to guide the development of assessments for use in monitoring and improvement of efforts to improve geographic education. 

The Project Manager will serve as the research staff for the Assessment Committee.  The Project Manager will conduct literature reviews for the committee, create synthesis reports based on the literature, draft and/or edit sections of the report, and coordinate committee activities.  The Project Manager will also serve as the liaison to the other two Road Map Report committees, coordinating and communicating across the three interrelated activities. ,The Project Manager will report directly to the Vice President for Education, who is the chair for the Assessment Committee.

- Identify, review, analyze, and synthesize scholarly research literature on geographic education and assessment.

- Draft and/or edit sections of the report under the direction of the committee and committee chair.

- Manage review of drafts by members of the Assessment Committee, members of other Road Map Committees, and members of the public; Manage and track the analysis and response to reviews by the Committee.  

- Manage activities of the committee, as determined by the committee chair, including monitoring progress against overall project timeline, setting up and facilitating meetings, managing the collaborative development of documents, and facilitating communication among committee members. 

- Other tasks as assigned.

Supervision Exercised
Minimum Education & Experience
Doctorate or equivalent in education or a related field.

6 years in a related field (including graduate study).

Knowledge & Skill Requirements
At least one of the following is required: Expertise in the design of assessment for the systematic monitoring and improvement of education initiatives; expertise in geographic or earth systems science education. 

The following are also required: Experience in reviewing, analyzing, and synthesizing scholarly literature; excellent oral and written communication skills; experience writing for a range of audiences, including educators, researchers, policy makers, and funders; excellent organizational skills with a high attention to detail; high degree of self-direction and motivation; strong interpersonal skills, including ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues with diverse expertise; collaborative, team-oriented work style.

Equal Opportunity Employer