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New York University Researcher-Organizer, NYU Metro Center in New York

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (NYU Metro Center) at New York University seeks a qualified candidate for the role of Researcher-Organizer working with the Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) and the Integration and Innovation Initiative (i3). We provide critical data, research, policy analytics and training to grassroots community organizing campaigns in low income communities of color across the country. The Researcher-Organizer will conduct research on policy and practice in public schools across the country, design and lead trainings related to racial and education justice, and write reports and informative materials that create new knowledge, summarize and synthesize existing research to support grassroots organizing campaigns for school improvement.


The Researcher-Organizer will conduct research on equitable policy and practice in public schools, design and lead trainings related to racial, gender and education justice, create tools and resources, and provide on-demand coordination and strategic support for grassroots parent and youth organizing groups across the country.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Rapid analysis of education policy and data to support organizing campaigns in real time

  • Development of tools, fact sheets, webinars, infographics and other formats for presenting information in engaging and accessible ways to multiple audiences

  • Original research driven by parent, youth and community concerns and insights

  • Strategic organizing and campaign support to education justice organizing groups and coalitions on racial equity, gender and trans justice, culturally responsive education, school integration, sustainable community schools, and many other topics

  • Designing and leading trainings for parents, youth, community groups and educators on education policy issues, community organizing, culturally responsive-sustaining education, healing-centered education and other topics on request

  • Convening multiple stakeholders to collaborate to move forward policies and organizing campaigns that advance education and racial justice

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate to experience.

The position is full-time in New York City. Some remote work is possible.

About NYU Metro Center:

NYU Metro Center is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and educational justice for all students. We partner with local and state educational agencies to strengthen access, opportunity, and educational quality, particularly for young people from historically vulnerable groups. The Center accomplishes this mission through the implementation of high-quality research, strategic assistance to schools and districts, and direct services to students, teachers, parents, administrators, policy makers, and organizations committed to equity and educational improvement.

The successful candidate should have:

  • Excellent writing, research, and communications skills

  • Experience with community organizing, advocacy and multi-constituency coalitions

  • Quantitative and qualitative research experience

  • Experience with conceiving, developing and producing policy reports

  • Experience with critical consciousness and critical analysis; anti-racist and anti-oppressive methodologies; popular educationand humanizing education

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice and liberation for historically marginalized people

  • Ability to manage timelines independently and effectively, and manage multiple projects

  • Proficiency with presentation technologies and software for creating data visualizations, infographics and webinars

  • Multilingualism is a plus, especially in Spanish

  • Cultural competency that includes race, understanding of trans experiences, gender, ability, language, immigration, socioeconomics

How to Apply: Please submit electronically a letter of application and curriculum vitae. Address application to:

Megan Hester, EJ-ROC

Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

New York University

726 Broadway, Suite 500

New York, NY 10003

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