Regional Director

Application deadline: February 7, 2019

Regional directors will lead teams of research fellows, oversee field operations, and conduct field research under the direction of faculty and field leadership. They will usually be assigned to a certain region of the country where they will live, work, and manage their team on the ground. The position is for one year beginning June 2019 with an intensive leadership workshop. There will also be an opportunity to apply for an additional year, beginning summer 2020, which focuses on analyzing the data and publishing results.


  • Field research experience

  • Leadership or management experience

  • Strong academic record

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Organizational ability, attention to detail, and dependability

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Respect for diverse experiences and backgrounds

  • At least two years of relevant experience. Master's degree or combination of education and relevant program management and research experience required. Doctoral degree preferred. Social science field preferred.

Though fluency in another language is not required, it can be very beneficial. In particular, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Arabic speakers are encouraged to apply.


  • Provide frequent feedback, evaluation, and mentorship to the fellows

  • Conduct ongoing quality control of interviews, field notes, and recruiting practices

  • Oversee research fellow assignments and schedules

  • Conduct weekly check-in meetings with fellows, and organize regular group meetings and recreational activities

  • Coordinate and attend meetings with local organizations and community centers to learn about the history, characteristics, and challenges of neighborhoods in your assigned region

  • Conduct in-depth interviews with individuals about their life stories, family, educational background, work history, and more (with regional directors typically focusing on recruiting and interviewing hard-to-reach participants)

  • Coordinate and help complete reports on regional communities visited, their challenges and successes, and possible policy responses

  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems that arise in the field

  • Lead training institute classes and activities


Regional directors will live in several locations over the course of a year and should expect frequent travel to the individual sites within their region. Although location preference may be taken into account, it cannot be guaranteed. To learn more about the locations where fellows and regional directors will be working, click here.


This is a full-time position. Compensation will be competitive and health care will be offered.

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