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Evolutionary Learning Associate, Center for Public Research and Leadership

  • Requisition no: 516870
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: School of Law
  • Grade: Grade 12
  • Categories: Other
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: Two years from start date
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) is seeking a full-time Evolutionary Learning Associate. The two-year position provides a robust development process to prepare public-sector oriented early professionals for leadership and management positions in public- and social-sector organizations undertaking and supporting transformational change in P-12 education and in the public sector as a whole.

This position is located in New York City and reports to the Executive Director. 

About The Center for Public Research and Leadership:

The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) is a partnership of professional schools that prepares students for leadership positions in public education organizations committed to improving the life chances of all children, particularly those of color, from low-income households, or otherwise traditionally underserved. The program brings together upper-level graduate students in business, education, law, and policy from universities across the nation to study and engage in consulting projects serving public- and social-sector organizations undertaking and supporting transformational change in P-12 education and in the public sector as a whole. The program offers graduate students the rigorous, multi-disciplinary, academic, and experiential preparation they need to flourish in exciting leadership, management, and professional positions in those same organizations while simultaneously offering the organizations high-quality, low-cost consulting support.


  • Assists Directors in external research and consulting projects in the P-12 education sector.  (50%)
    • Team management: Sets up and participates in project management structures; promotes team cohesion; executes against project management structures, plans, and assigned tasks, individually and in collaboration with others.
    • Team participation: Submits high-quality, on-time deliverables to internal managers and external clients.
    • Strategy development: In collaboration with Directors and CPRL leadership, designs research and consulting strategy and methodology for projects; executes and adapts strategy and methodology; communicates strategy, vision, methodology, and outcomes to relevant stakeholders.
    • Professional development of team: Provides and responds to feedback from students, interns, peers, and managers.
  • Serves as liaison with client organizations (10%): Serves as the secondary point of contact (supporting Directors) with the client; develops project scope of work; manages student-client interaction; documents all changes in project scope.
  • Develops Evolutionary Learning knowledge, skills, and mindsets (10%): Audits CPRL seminar and skills courses; identifies individual areas of strength and growth; formulates, enacts, and refines plans for professional development.
  • Communicates with project Director(s) responsible for work portfolio (20%): Updates and receives feedback from Director(s) about project work and progress; surfaces issues for additional support; integrates feedback into work.
  • Collaborates with CPRL staff, especially with the Director team, to ensure successful execution of responsibilities (10%): Collaboratively troubleshoots problems and engages in discussions and exercises to enhance project quality.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required and three years of related experience; advanced degree in business, education, law (JD, LLM) or policy preferred. 
  • Alumnus/a of CPRL’s Public Policy Seminar and Practicum preferred.
  • Quantitative or qualitative research skills preferred.
  • Minimum two years of P-12 education-related experience in management consulting, organizational leadership, program design or evaluation, research, and/or other relevant area.
  • Experience as a P-12 teacher or experience teaching/mentoring young professionals preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, direct, and carry out projects with minimal supervision and to work closely with stakeholders in public sector or non-profit agencies.
  • Intellectual capacity to think strategically in a fast-paced environment; understand multiple perspectives; learn about new topics; problem solve and develop responsive solutions under changing circumstances.
  • Ability to respond to and integrate feedback from both peers and supervisors; ability to communicate feedback to individuals and teams in a clear and productive manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization, project management, and communication skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Proficient in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Must be able to work with diverse constituencies and support an inclusive work environment


When applying, please include your resume, cover letter, and a work sample as described here:

Select a representation of your best work that specifically showcases your readiness for this role. Include a brief description (~3 bullets) about why you chose this work product, who the product's audience was, what your contribution was (if it was a team product), and anything other relevant information for understanding your submission. 

We understand that many work products may contain confidential or proprietary information and will be redacted accordingly before submission. 

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