Philadelphia, PA

Executive Director, Research for Action

The Organization

Research for Action (RFA) is a Philadelphia-based, national nonprofit research organization that conducts research to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for traditionally underserved P20W (preschool through postsecondary education into workforce) students and the policies, practices, institutions, and systems that serve them.

Position Overview

RFA now seeks nominations and applications for an Executive Director (ED) to lead a dedicated staff and partner with a committed volunteer Board of Directors in the organization’s next phase of growth and achievement. The ED will develop and lead a strategic planning process to position RFA to respond to the evolving and complex needs of students, families, educators, schools, communities, and policymakers.

For 30 years, RFA’s research has demonstrated a commitment to contributing knowledge to the field to improve programmatic and policy decision-making at local, state, and national levels, that improves access to high-quality education for all and addresses systemic racism through advancing equity in education. RFA’s approach—spanning qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods, as well as timely, actionable policy research—is tailored to meet the needs of clients, partners, and the field.

The ED will work with a diverse to ensure that RFA’s external commitment to using research as a tool to identify and address systemic inequities in education is reflected in its research products and public reports, as well as its internal organizational systems and culture.

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How To Apply

RFA is partnering with  Allison Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG on the search. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

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