Child Trends is seeking a Director for the Child Welfare program area at Child Trends. This position is an opportunity for someone with expertise in child welfare to lead a passionate group of 18 scientists, technical assistance specialists, research analysts, and assistants to apply our tools—data, research, and evaluation—to improve the lives of children, youth, and families impacted by the child welfare system.
Equity must be at the center of this leader’s approach to leadership and research. We’re looking for a leader who understands this moment in time and understands how to see and seize the opportunities this moment offers. This person should want to dismantle structural racism and to bring people together, but also to bring them—with urgency—toward change.
Come be a leader in an organization nationally known to impact policymakers and practitioners alike through our clear, concise, and compelling communications. Want to change the world through your research? We offer you not just a national platform to share with a team that builds from each other’s strengths to achieve our shared mission.
If you don’t meet our criteria exactly but think you’d be great, please submit and tell us why in your cover letter.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Typical program area directors in other areas spend most time (about 60%) leading all aspects of major research, evaluation, or technical assistance projects from designing studies to overseeing execution, e.g., as a principal investigator or project director. Developing new ideas and leading proposals to fund that work takes about 25% of their time, and the remainder, about 15%, is spent in activities directly related to program area leadership and management.
Typical Program Area Director duties and responsibilities include:
Develop and execute a vision for the program area
Serve as a field leader, representing Child Trends and building partnerships
Meet with clients regularly
Seek to build the program area’s work in ways that address the needs of the field
Oversee and coordinate thought leadership plans with senior staff
Assess outcomes of area’s work and modify approaches accordingly
Foster a great-place-to-work environment
Oversee staffing including hiring and addressing performance issues quickly
Ensure the area’s work and processes foster diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ensure projects in area do not over/under spend non-fixed price awards & proposal budgets
Lead teams to write proposals, conceptualize work, and negotiate and draft budgets
Ensure production of high-quality research that includes a rigorous equity lens
Support team members’ fundraising for new work (e.g., ensure sufficient type, size, and number of proposals to result in adequate workload for staff
Support effective and equitable project assignments (working with HR and DEI Director)
Serve as principal investigator or project director for one or more projects
This position reports to the vice president overseeing the area.
10+ Years of success doing similar work, with increasing responsibilities (please provide data)
Demonstrated ability to create a great place to work in similar environments
Demonstrated thought leadership within the child welfare field; individual must have made a significant contribution through their research to the field, policy, or program practices
Demonstrated ability to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
Demonstrated attention to structural racism within work
Demonstrated success winning proposals, ideally from both government and ideally from private and public funders
Extensive experience with and understanding of federal government grants and contracts
Expertise in designing evaluations and research studies
Either an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D. or masters in relevant field) or equivalent knowledge
Effective team management (high scores for supervision, delivery of team products consistently on-time and within budget)
Demonstrated achievements in changing polices or practices
How to Apply: Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload that includes and . Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) childtrends.org and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!
Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.