SRI: Senior Researcher-Disability Program

Arlington, VA, Menlo Park, CA, Remote 

Job Description

For decades, government agencies, foundations, nonprofit and private sector organizations, and school districts have turned to SRI Education to address complex issues in education research, evaluation, policy, program implementation, and technology development. The SRI Education Disability Program seeks to understand and increase the effectiveness of programs and policies for children across a full range of disability categories and ages. From efforts that improve educator effectiveness through evidence-based practices, to those that have directly influenced IDEA legislation, SRI is conducting critical research, developing innovations and providing technical assistance that is helping to strengthen outcomes, programs, and policies for all learners with disabilities and other special needs.

The Senior Education Researcher will be based in Arlington, VA or Menlo Park, CA and will:

  • Lead project and proposal teams to design and conduct rigorous research that results in new knowledge and enables educators and policymakers to make decisions about educational interventions, programs, and policies for K-12 students with disabilities that have the potential for large-scale positive impact
  • Participate in and lead business development efforts to define research and evaluation services focused on K-12 teaching and learning for students with disabilities
  • Lead project teams to deliver high-quality research products on time that meet clients’ needs
  • Work on multiple ongoing projects related to students with disabilities, particularly those focused on college and career readiness and transition
  • Develop research designs and data collection instruments and lead quantitative and mixed-methods data collection and analyses with student, teacher, and school data
  • Write reports, policy papers, and articles for clients, policymakers, and practitioners; publish in peer-reviewed journals; and present study findings to relevant audiences
  • Grow professionally and develop new skills through ongoing collegial support and professional development opportunities, including supporting other leaders and mentoring junior analysts on evaluation design and methodological issues


  • Doctorate in Education, Public Policy, or a Social Science discipline or comparable experience
  • At least 5 years of research experience including at least two years as a principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or project director
  • Experience with research design, quantitative data analysis, instrument design, and data collection
  • Experience studying efforts to improve K-12 special education programs and policies including those related to college and career readiness and transition
  • Strong conceptual and analytic skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and supervision skills
  • A passion to improve learning and quality of life for students with disabilities
  • Commitment to collaborative work
  • Demonstrated ability to independently solve complex problems, prioritize and efficiently delegate essential tasks, meet deadlines, and understand and support client needs

Candidates with the following qualifications preferred:

  • Experience with efforts to improve K-12 STEM teaching and learning
  • Training or experience in advanced experimental and quasi-experimental designs and analysis
  • Track record of winning competitive bid contracts and grants
  • Prior publications in peer-reviewed journals

SRI International has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Ari Ayares- Vice President
Insight Executive Search
(949) 271-2526