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Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment

at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Posted: 11/3/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 7611
Keywords: operations, director

Job Description

TITLE:          Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment – DERA

LOCATION:  Central Office

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 23,000 students. With a Head Start program, three preschools, 29 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, and 5 college and career academies/high schools, the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 62 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students and 51% of our students are Latino and 29% are African American. To serve our students, the district employs approximately 4,000 staff, including more than 1,600 teachers.

We are in the process of opening two new elementary and one middle school. Sumner Academy is the #1 Rated High School in Kansas from the US News and World Report. The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that "Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on time for success." To help our students achieve this goal, the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+.


Job Goal: 


Provide leadership, coordination and management of the department.  The director provides useful and timely research, evaluation and assessment information and support and serves as a consultant to stakeholders to improve the district’s educational delivery system.  The director contributes to district-wide planning and data-based decision making in the district by providing district administrators and other district personnel with relevant, accurate and timely distribution of data at the district and school levels.


Essential Functions:

  • Oversee all data collection, analysis, verification and interpretation of data generated in the department.
  • Provide management, direction and control to insure that accurate information required for decision-making is available on a timely basis.
  • Serve as the primary research and evaluation liaison with external partners supporting the district’s restructuring effort.
  • Provide leadership in the district’s assessment program and contribute to day-to-day operation of all standardized testing.
  • Coordinate district assessment calendar to coincide with MAP and checkpoint testing requirements.
  • Serve as a consultant to district departments and school leadership in the interpretation and utilization of research, evaluation and assessment information.
  • Create and implement strategies to increase the usefulness and relevance of data for school improvement efforts district-wide.
  • Work closely with school improvement facilitators and principals to ensure that all aspects of the department support efforts to serve the needs of staff and student.
  • Supervise or conduct studies related to district reform/improvement efforts, student enrollment and mobility. Prepare related reports such as the September student count, graduation rates and attendance.
  • Prepare short and long-term enrollment projections.
  • Review/verify all enrollment statistics and reports prior to public release.
  • Supervise research on pilot instructional programs.
  • Manage the development and administration of surveys and questionnaires, and prepare and disseminate related reports.
  • Develop and maintain historical (longitudinal) files of district enrollment trends, achievement scores and demographic patterns.
  • Coordinate annual studies of dropout, retention and withdrawals.
  • Serve on district committees and task forces requiring input on research, evaluation and assessment.
  • Serve as a liaison with outside partners seeking data or conducting evaluations.
  • Prepare and effectively manage the budget of the department.
  • Manage the physical and human resources allocated to the department such that department operations are effective and efficient.
  • Prepare annual department planning documents in collaboration with department staff; lead departmental visioning and strategic planning efforts.
  • Provide supervision to department personnel and interns assigned to the department; provide timely and frequent mentoring, support and evaluation.
  • Serve as the Superintendent’s research and evaluation advisor and provide support as required to the Superintendent, other senior leadership and the Board of Education.
  • Serve on the Instructional Support Team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.


  • Experience as a Director of Research, Evaluation or Assessment in a large urban public school district, preferred.
  • Experience working with data involving special student populations, preferred.
  • Training and experience in each of the following: research methods and design, educational evaluations and assessment development and implementation preferred but not required.
  • Hold a master’s degree in educational research, evaluation or assessment or in a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in research, evaluation or assessment.
  • Experience in the management of budgets and staff.
  • Experience with report generation and interpretation.
  • Experience working in schools or in consultation with schools to facilitate school improvement.
  • Experience in conducting staff development in the area of data analysis and interpretation


Maintains communication with school personnel, and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action which will meet the educational needs of students. Utilizes existing technology effectively in the performance of duties. 

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and analyze and interpret general professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, general curriculum and learning theories, correspondence, and protocols.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff, parents, students, and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and is a standard acceptable level for this environment. Is directly responsible for students’ safety, work output and well-being. 

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; ability to plan and implement lessons based on division and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, parents and community; ability to speak clear and concisely in written or oral communication.

Terms of Employment:  261 days


Salary:            Based on KCKPS Salary Schedule

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Supervisor:    Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Evaluation:    Job performance will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s Policy on Evaluation of Professional Personnel.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  The individual currently holding this position performs additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.  

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  KCKPS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other factors that cannot be lawfully considered in its programs and activities as required by all applicable laws and regulations.

This job description has been approved by all levels of management:

Manager _______________________________________________

HR ____________________________________________________

Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements, essential functions and duties of the position.

Employee _____________________________ Date ____________



Primary Location: Central Office and Training Center

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted
Monday, July 6, 2020 12:00 AM  -
Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:59 PM
(Central Standard Time)