Job Description

Manager, Research

locations Home Office

time type Full time

job requisition id JR-013285

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee WGU’s Equity Research
  • Responsible for the hiring, training, and development of data scientists and research scientists focused on equity research
  • Provide technical guidance on research methods and analytical tool sets
  • Establish processes to manage research projects and to codify and communicate results and insights to internal stakeholders
  • Collaborate with all appropriate internal and external stakeholders.
  • Represent WGU by presenting at relevant conferences.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

  • Deep knowledge of a field such as learning science, behavioral science, behavioral economics, education psychology, or related field.
  • Ability to manage team of research scientists and data scientists
  • Project management skills
  • Expert ability to independently define and conduct original scientific research.
  • Data manipulation using programming languages like SQL and Python.
  • Data visualization skills using tools like Python and Tableau.
  • Deep experience with qualitative and quantitative primary research methods.
  • Proven ability to lead research projects including cost, resource, schedule management, compliance and reporting.
  • Excellent written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate research results and key ideas to lay and scholarly audiences.
  • The ability to be a subject matter expert to provide thought leadership in the field.
  • Thrives by working collaboratively and creatively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong attention to detail and exemplifies pride and ownership over the quality of our learning experience.
  • Ability to foster strong relationships within the team and external stakeholders


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related research field (e.g. Education, Psychology) or analytics discipline (e.g. Data Science; Economics, etc).
  • 5 years’ experience inrelated research field in the field of education or other human system using datascience, experimental and quasi-experimental designs and qualitative research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in a related research field (e.g. Education, Psychology) or analytics discipline (e.g. Data Science; Economics, etc)